Beating The Meat: Super Tofu Boy

By Quintin Smith on December 2nd, 2010 at 10:30 am.

You know what I do like? Quorn chicken pieces. They're really good, and cheap.

RPS reader (not making this up) Fuggles the Lightfuggly One sends word that PETA, aka People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has published a parody of Super Meat Boy. You can play Super Tofu Boy here. Is it still a parody if it’s just kind of… Super Meat Boy, again? There’s not much ridicule going on here, except for Bandage Girl two-timing Meat Boy. But you know, I always suspected she was bad news.

Which brings us to an interesting point. While Super Tofu Boy is a hundred miles away from the 24 carat running and jumping of SMB, it does use the same running and walljumping mechanics. For a quick & dirty look at the mechanics of Super Meat Boy, Super Tofu Boy can provide.

EDIT: Brave RPS commenter Terry points out that you could just play the Flash version of Meat Boy. So, I suppose this doesn’t need to exist after all.

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99 Comments »

  1. NikRichards says:

    So PETA are showing us tha tofu is a similar, yet inferior, when compared to meat?

    …Have they thought this one through?

  2. terry says:

    To be honest, you’d be better off checking out the flash version of Meat Boy, because this controls like ass.

    • Gnoupi says:

      Not only the control is bad, but the level design is awful as well.

      People think it’s enough to put together a group of deadly traps to make a “great difficult platformer game”, but it’s silly.
      When you play SMB, or VVVVVV, you realize that most levels are carefully designed, even if the path is narrow. That the first seconds of any level are allowing you to start smoothly, not rushing you into a trap like most levels from this sub-version. Most of the time even you can run the first seconds because the first movable obstacle is placed and timed in such way that you can just rush it, to avoid the frustration when restating the level.

      All this kind of careful detail from level design that this parody fails to provide, unfortunately.

    • Eclipse says:

      I don’t agree. Actually the level design is pretty good, and levels are hard, especially the later ones.
      On the other side the physics feels amateurish made. And yeah, I’ve completed the game <.< It ends with a "A winner is you! Now go vegan" *facepalm*

    • Access says:

      I deeply regret the 30 or so minutes of me trying to beat this game despite all of that. Managed to get the last level, nearly clearing it before damn browser decided to crash on me. I remembered why I hate flash games.

    • Casimir's Blake says:

      Actually no, the controls are … a bit “tight”, but…

      At least Tofu Boy JUMPS EVERY TIME you press the bloody spacebar!

      No matter how many times people say otherwise, SMB suffers unresponsive, unreliable controls, and a childish attitude inherited from too much time watching South Park and the like. Mutton dressed as lamb?

    • strange headache says:

      South Park is fucking brilliant and so is SMB.

    • terry says:

      Casimir’s Blake : You can also use A and S. Why they went with the most unwieldy key on the keyboard as jump I have no idea. Also if you’re running on a single threaded CPU there are some known problems with inconsistent speed/control.

    • kyrieee says:

      I enjoyed this more than SMB

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      I’ve not had that issue, Casimir. I have, however, had an odd glitch where Ogmo can effectively triple jump, by being able to jump twice while already in the air. Also, the Machinarium robot and the mermaid thing are both broke, last I checked. Since their coder needs to sleep, the update for both probably won’t be out until later today.

    • Casimir's Blake says:

      Thanks chaps but nope, even on a Q6600, SMB has some of the most unresponsive jumping I’ve ever encountered. Just horrible.

  3. Gnoupi says:

    What is funny to read is the response from Team Meat: http://supermeatboy.com/65/Super_Meat_Boy_vs_Peta_/#b

    • strange headache says:

      “How many Peta members does it take to change a lightbulb?…. None, Peta can’t change anything.” – Team Meat :)

    • Rich says:

      Well done that man.

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      Here’s a quick look at some of the twitter flame war: http://twitpic.com/3c542r

    • airtekh says:

      @DJ Phantoon
      There’s only one acronym that will suffice: LOL!

      That’s a superb bit of trolling by Team Meat. Made my day so far. :)

    • Lilliput King says:

      The PETA supporters are sadly incapable of thought, but SMB’s responses remind me of my attempts at trolling when I was 12. Not funny, definitely not witty but damn sure I was hot shit. A little depressing to read.

      “You should do stand up”

      Yeesh.

    • Easydog says:

      Made me laugh. All I could ask for really.

    • outoffeelinsobad says:

      Question: Are PETA, themselves, trolls? Everything they do seems so deliberately ridiculous…

  4. Andreas says:

    God, I hate PETA.

    • panther says:

      yup!

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      And if you’re a commenter that doesn’t know why you too should hate peta, here is a link. http://www.newstatesman.com/200310060033

    • Lilliput King says:

      What’s supposed to be bad about the content of that link? I’m not a PETA supporter, I just don’t really see what I’m supposed to hate about what I read.

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      “In her will, Ingrid Newkirk has directed that her flesh be processed into Newkirk Nuggets, which she intends to have grilled on a barbecue. In addition, her skin is to be made into wallets, and her amputated feet into umbrella stands – although Newkirk, a slim woman in her mid-fifties, admits that they will only fit small umbrellas.”

      She’s crazy, and has power. She’s against animal testing, but her vice president is a diabetic and requires insulin shots, which of course came from… testing on babies. WAIT! No! *slaps forehead* Animal testing. It’s not to say they’re as dangerous as certain other people or groups, but they’re a negative impact, and they’re talking out their ass whenever they open their mouths. Plus, they have ties to the ALF and the ELF, which though they both claim to avoid violence against people, has not really gone heeded. At all. We could get far more existential, point out that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter, that they have a point when it comes to inhumane treatment of pets and livestock, that better effort should be taken to spay and neuter pets, but as it stands at the very base level: PETA are hypocrites that want ALL animal testing to stop. And I don’t know about you, but I happen to think people are more important than animals.

      It’s not like animal testing is going to give cats opposable digits.

    • Lilliput King says:

      That stuff wasn’t really in the link. If someone wants to have wacky things done to them after they die that’s their prerogative, and if they want to highlight animal cruelty before that happens then that’s just great.

      But of course I agree with you in general.

    • Subject 706 says:

      I feel better hating the New Statesman than PETA.

    • neinei says:

      “And I don’t know about you, but I happen to think people are more important than animals”

      I disagree. I really don’t see why we should act like we have so much more of a right to live than other creatures. Not that I agree with PETA, but I really fucking hate that attitude.

    • strange headache says:

      @neinei: Ever walked on an ant? Crushed a bee? Swatted a Fly? Flushed a spider down the toilet? Killed a tick dangling from your skin?

    • Berzee says:

      If we’re no better than animals, we really shouldn’t be animal rights activists then. Animals aren’t.

    • tomwaitsfornoman says:

      I would say they do more harm to the cause than good if I really thought that people weren’t morons. As it stands, they just seem more like a parody of the solipsistic everyman.

    • Ateius says:

      Here’s a better reason to hate PETA: http://www.petakillsanimals.com/

  5. SquareWheel says:

    It seems like a light-hearted joke to me, not any sort of “attack” as other readers (around the web) seem to be saying. I think the developers of Super Tofu Boy probably played and enjoyed a lot of Meat Boy.

    • Premium User Badge TheApologist says:

      Yep this – not particular fan of PETA, but why do people have to take everything so bloody seriously?

    • Unaco says:

      Take everything so seriously? You mean, like PETA do?

    • Oak says:

      Lighten up, PETA, it’s just animal cruelty.

  6. Gremmi says:

    “For a quick & dirty look at the mechanics of Super Meat Boy, Super Tofu Boy can provide”

    Surely for that the original Meat Boy flash game is just as good? http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/463241

    • iainl says:

      For ‘as good’ read ‘many, many times better’.

      I LIKE tofu. Hell, I haven’t even eaten meat in over a decade, so it’s just as well. But I know which game I’d rather play, and I know how annoying PETA are for making the rest of us non-meat-eaters look bad.

  7. CMaster says:

    I’ve got to say, surely Meat Boy is a better idea of what SMB is like.

    And yeah, PETA get some fairly good flash game creators to make this stuff (although this one is so close to the original meat boy it makes me a touch suspicious – why should Tofu boy leave trails behind). Their messages however are either not really there (Super Chick Sisters) or just bizarrely laughable (bleeding eggs in Cooking Mama) that they don’t really seem to achieve anything.

    • airtekh says:

      “And yeah, PETA get some fairly good flash game creators to make this stuff”

      And there was me thinking it was done by their hidden programming department. D’oh!

      This seems like a waste of time on their part though. Why make commentary on a videogame? Maybe they’re trying to score some publicity.

      EDIT: Ah. After reading the Team Meat blog entry, it would seem that Ed McMillen pestering them would have something to do with it. :)

  8. Skurmedel says:

    I’m not sure why they need to do a parody on Super Meat Boy. I don’t get the reason; probably because I’m hoping it something less shallow than “this game contains meat”.

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      No, that’s the reason. You’re not familiar with peta, are you?

    • Skurmedel says:

      Not enough to dismiss everything they do as crazy no.

  9. Navagon says:

    Bah. I would have hoped that terrorists would make more interesting games. When are Al-Qaeda going to be done with their version of America’s Army?

    • Premium User Badge phlebas says:

      Medal of Honor, surely. With the US renamed to “Opposing Force” to avoid causing offence.

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      We need to change the name of the US Forces in that game. I don’t like the idea that our troops aren’t invincible.

    • Navagon says:

      America’s Army solely exists as a US Army recruitment scheme. The Al-Qaeda version will throw you into the heart of their new training ground in the harsh wasteland known as Stoke.

      Their bomb jacket training there has been highly successful. They have already trained over a thousand wannabe martyrs to unleash hell across the UK. Unfortunately Al-Qaeda overlooked the fact that none of their fanatical followers can survive the training. But at least now there’s a patch of Stoke that, to the trained eye, looks visibly worse than the rest.

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      Oooh, oooh, do the Al Qaeda levels let you go rogue and shoot terrorists, or is it like No Russian and you automatically fail when you shoot the bad dudes?

    • Navagon says:

      Supposedly you get points for the number of infidels you kill and points are deducted if any fellow craz-… loyal followers of Al-Qaeda are caught in the blast.

      But unfortunately nobody has yet made it out of the training section to confirm this.

  10. Monchberter says:

    Surely Team Meat could just incorporate Tofu Boy as an unlockable character, or offer a pallete swap when the game first loads?

    I can see them doing it, pallete swaps being so 8 bit and all.

  11. WMain00 says:

    Fuggles the Lightfuggly One?

    You’re making that up.

  12. fallingmagpie says:

    Turns out PETA has 20 games: http://www.peta.org/interactive/games/default.aspx.

    I demand WOTs for all of them, particularly ‘Breasts, not Animal Tests!’.

    • Premium User Badge VelvetFistIronGlove says:

      Alec must be the one to WIT that one.

    • Ricc says:

      Got a score of 122300 on BnAT. That shit goes on forever. :P Entered SMB on the 2nd place of their leaderboards…

  13. Navagon says:

    I wonder what they’ll make of Giants’ new Abattoir Simulator 2011?

  14. PaulMode7 says:

    Careful if you say anything about this on Twitter.

    PETA are such masters of PR that they’ll immediately try and start an argument with you in order to further their brand image as fundamentally reasonable people capable of conducting a mature debate into complex ethical issues.

  15. Jymkata says:

    But why are they against meat boy?
    I mean, he doesn’t eat meat, he’s made of meat
    Hell, I’m made of meat.

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      It’s subliminal advertising. By watching Meat Boy explode over and over again, you’ll take up Parkour. Or something.

    • Unaco says:

      “Hell, I’m made of meat.”

      That’s what PETA are trying to change!

    • Sander Bos says:

      In SMB, meat boy getting killed has no real consequences because you can start over quickly again.
      This game mechanic desensitizes you to the killing of animals and other things made of meat like yourself.
      PETA just wants to justifiably raise awareness to this Jedi mind trick performed by Team Meat.

    • Sander Bos says:

      By the way, another thing I learned from meat boy (world 3) is that salt kills meat (boy). I expect a flash game from the salt industry pretty soon, in which meat boy is actually required to roll in salt to get a better flavor before bandage girl eats him.

      The bandage industry will create a game maker based windows only game to highlight that in real life bandages actually are helpful in preserving life, and do not lead to thousands of extra deaths like they do in SMB.

    • Premium User Badge Harlander says:

      Hell, I’m made of meat.

      Exactly.

      Who wants to meet meat?

    • LionsPhil says:

      Ah, good ol’ http://www.terrybisson.com/page6/page6.html
      (…that is a terrible URL.)

    • Jymkata says:

      RE: Salt in world 3;
      Speaking of PETA, I saw another group of pussies who take everything out of context as a jab to them.
      Some guy posted on his LJ that SMB was an attack on gays, as you and your partner are kept apart by a foetus, symbolising childbirth, which we can’t do, and that the salt in world 3, just as it ‘cures’ meat, ‘cures’ meat boy’s homosexuality. The needles in World 2 were AIDS, and World 4 is pretty self explanatory. It also posted extensively about what “meat boy” really means.
      Which, of course is not helped by the fact that it’s Bandage girl

  16. Ricc says:

    Looks like PETA trolled themselves this time. The post by Team Meat says as much. Pretty hilarious. :)

  17. noobnob says:

    And the Tofu boy will probably be better animated than the one in this game…

  18. Premium User Badge Oozo says:

    If Tofu Boy really is a response to McMillen spamming their message boards, that’s some quality Ninja-PR going on there.

    Of course, it’s a win-win situation – when did gaming websites talk about Peta other than now? So, that’s some quality Reverse Ninja-PRing going on there, too. (And, let’s be honest – Peta comes off as rather sympathetic; I mean, they could just have pointed their fingers on it, flashing all alarms. But doing a parody, even a crude one, ain’t all that bad, is it?)

    Even though it is actually highly ironic if what Team Meat twittered is true:

    “Fact!: Super Tofu Boy (the flash Peta Parody) cost more to make then Super Meat Boy (the console game).”

    • Unaco says:

      “But doing a parody, even a crude one, ain’t all that bad, is it?”

      In my eyes, yes. Yes it is all that bad. Bad parody is up there with shitting in my corn-flakes as far as I’m concerned. Good parody is wonderful, transformative, with the power to shape and change our world. Bad parody makes people go “Idiots don’t like X… Maybe X is doing something right”.

      Thankfully, in this case, X is SMB, so I guess that’s a win… just not for PETA.

    • Basilicus says:

      Good parody wouldn’t be possible without bad parody.

    • Al3xand3r says:

      Maybe it cost more to make but they’ve probably added tenfold to that cost with all the Meat Boy ads I see online.

  19. BlizzagaLantean says:

    Team Meat just announced that Super Tofu Boy will be made as a playable character for the Steam version of SMB.

  20. BobDicks says:

    Okay so it’s a parody in the Selrzer and Friedburg sense: Not funny.

  21. WiPa says:

    They shold sue them. It would be brilliant.

  22. Basilicus says:

    I’d prefer Super Tempeh Boy. Better texture and all.

  23. Premium User Badge Saul says:

    So Team Meat are actually adding Tofu Boy to the game:

    http://beefjack.com/news/tofu-royale-with-cheese-team-meat-mock-petas-meatboy-mockery/

    Those guys are awesome.

    • Premium User Badge Saul says:

      Ah, seems everyone’s ninja-ing everyone, left, right and centre!

  24. Al3xand3r says:

    SMB = Super Mario Bros. Let’s not pretend Super Meat Boy is anywhere close to classics like that either. It’s a nice platformer.

    • Ricc says:

      So you see what they did there?

      (That acronym is intentional.)

    • Malibu Stacey says:

      What you mean they didn’t release a game called “Meat Boy” first then simply add “Super” to the title for the sequel?

    • Dominic White says:

      You’re right, let’s not pretend.

      I’ll say it without the slightest hint of sarcasm or irony: Super Meat Boy is the most fun I’ve had with a platformer in years, and I own Mario Galaxy 2, New Super Mario Bros Wii and Donkey Kong Country Returns.

      Those other, bigger games are definitely more well rounded, feature-rich experiences, but for the sheer joy and precision of running and jumping and narrowly avoiding certain death thousands of times over, Meat Boy has them trumped, in my opinion.

  25. Kefren says:

    Oh no, shock horror, someone used a topical subject as an angle for some publicity! The Internet explodes!

    I doubt if I’ll be buying Super Meat Boy. Nothing to do with me being a vegan – I wish the game well, as I do any game that is more focussed on gameplay than the latest 3d graphics – but just because I don’t seem to have the patience for rock hard platformers any more! The days when I would battle through Ghosts and Goblins or Green Beret (two platformers with fantastic C64 music) are gone. I think my ideal platformer nowadays is Bubble Bobble. The magic on that one never dies, whatever system you play it on, especially in co-op. Fast bubble + trainers = big grin (until you lose them ten seconds later).

  26. Lucifalle says:

    … And just when I was close to convincing my (vegan) girlfriend that gamers could indeed be intelligent and thoughtful human beings, something like this has to show up >_<

    Damn you all for taking a parody so seriously.

    • DrGonzo says:

      I don’t think it’s the parody, just that Peta really are scum.

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      Well really, PETA fired the first shot. Not our fault they’re a raving bunch of lunatics who aren’t actually concerned about humane treatment of animals and they’re, as their current president says, “press sluts”.

    • Thants says:

      Pointing out when Peta misses the point of something makes us not intelligent and thoughtful human beings? Your girlfriend sound like a bit of a judgmental jerk.

    • Lucifalle says:

      Well its not really the “pointing out when Peta misses the point of something” (which I’d agree with, if I took this seriously enough) as much as it is the comments that make Peta sound like the spawn of Hitler and Satan combined. Although to be fair to RPS readers, the worst comments I read were over on PC Gamer. Still, this does seem like an extreme reaction to something so irrelevant.

      As for Peta not being concerned about the humane treatment of animals? Well, you’d have to forgive someone for thinking that it was the opposite… you know, that being their message and all.

      But of course, now I know that they’re secretly evil vegan alien robots from outerspace intent on taking over the world and forcing innocent gamers to eat tofu for the rest of their lives. HOW COULD THEY!? :(

      … And my girlfriend is amazing :D She was even interested in watching me play Super Meat Boy due to this whole “scandal”. Its only the comments that she found hilarious.

  27. Collic says:

    The title of this post makes me want to listen to Good Clean Fun again :D

    (No, I’m not straight-edge, or even vegetarian, but it’s awesome, hilariously knowing music)

  28. The News says:

    This just in, PETA supports cheating on loved ones.

  29. Pijama says:

    Super Meat Boy is retarded, glorious fun.

  30. Spacewalk says:

    I think I’ll wait for Super Falafel Boy.

  31. Thants says:

    Am I wrong or does this mean that Peta is so against meat eating that they’re against animals that are made of meat?

  32. fuggles says:

    Tofu boy is in game!

    To play as Tofu Boy in the Steam version of Super Meat Boy, type in ‘petaphile’ on the character select screen. You’ll hear an unlock sound if the cheat was successful. Select Meat Boy, and you’ll get to play as Tofu Boy.

  33. Martin Lugton says:

    I’ve written an article – “Why it’s okay to fail in Super Meat Boy: the bloody path to success”. Check it out at http://reflectionsandcontemplations.wordpress.com/2010/12/05/the-bloody-path-to-success/