'Bernie Needs Love' is a simple and lighthearted platformer in which the player must guide Bernie, a nice but anguished old man chased by death, towards his girlfriend, while avoiding the many hazards of a poorly maintained city and collecting blue 'love-enhancing' pills.

The first 5 stages are already available on Kongregate as a preview of what the full game will be. This web-based version will be updated frequently as new levels and features are added and bugs are fixed — so you can rely on being able to enjoy a lot of the game online for free.

For those who wish to own a copy of 'Bernie Needs Love', with all the content of the web version plus many extra levels, enemies and features, there will be a commercial multiplatform version — initially built for Windows, Android, and the Chrome Web Store. Other systems might be added further down the line, so let us know if your favorite platform is not included.

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0 comments by protomni on Oct 15th, 2013

The availability of Meatballphobia on Google Play and Amazon marks the first stage of the release of our new game, which will soon be available for Windows, Linux, and Windows Phone as well.

We've put a lot of effort into creating a modern puzzle experience with a retro feel that plays naturally and smoothly on both desktops and mobile platforms, and we are glad to say we truly believe we have succeeded at doing so, as do our testers - but you will be the judge of that.

Compared to our beloved platformer Bernie Needs Love - currently in development for Windows and Linux and available with a 50% discount while in beta right here on Desura - Meatballphobia is a much more relaxed experience, with no timer, no highscores, no competitive elements whatsoever: just 50 mind-bending levels of increasing difficulty, all unlocked and available since the first run. The goal is quite simple: you must manipulate the levels in order to drive a meatball onto an unfortunate hysterical head.

This premise might sound over-simplistic and somewhat absurd at first, but we assure you there are many deeper layers of meaning in this. As the description of the game fittingly says, "Meatballphobia is a 2D physics puzzle game about flesh and meat, about the enslavement of both the consumed and the consumer, about life and the systems built around it".

To better illustrate what the theme Meatballphobia is all about, please allow me to quote one of my replies to a question made on the Reddit thread we sent to /r/AndroidGaming last Sunday: "...the idea came from my own discomfort with not only the way meat is produced and the fact it is a fundamental part of my diet, but with the very natural rule that forces one creature to devour another in order to survive. Since the other members of my team share those issues, it was easy convincing them we should invest our efforts in the development of Meatballphobia. I'm not a vegetarian for many reasons, nor does the game have a vegetarian subtext, but I really wanted to create an engaging and entertaining puzzle game that makes the player think about life, about animal and human enslavement, and about the brutality of our current food production and distribution methods."

If you take a look at the following screenshots, you might see that we went for a slightly unsettling 8-bit aesthetics, while permeating the whole thing with a very humorous tone:

Meatballphobia - Title Screen

Meatballphobia - Level Selection

Meatballphobia - The Mighty Hypnocow!

You might also want to take a look at the promo video we've made for the Google Play release of the game, as it is much more illustrative of the player experience than any screenshot we can provide:

Finally, regarding Bernie Needs Love, we'd like to add that development is going strong and the next update will introduce many bug-fixes and nice features such as widescreen support. We are also working hard on adding much more variety in levels 2-1 to 2-10 (which will take place in carnival-related areas). Moreover, we expect to add a new 64-bit Linux build with that update, since a couple of users brought to our attention they had to install additional packages to run the game in that environment.

If you have any questions, comments, or feedback, feel free to let us know.

Thank you for reading this and have fun! We truly appreciate your support!

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Scytharia Aug 4 2013, 11:40am says:

Hi there :)

I recently purchased "Bernie" and I've been excited to play this sweet looking game. Unfortunately the installation seems to occur a MCF install error (pretty much tried everything, reinstalling, forced Desura update etc...) Nothing seemed to work, so I tried to download the full installer here. But as it seems after the installation there's no .exe within the destination folder. I got a shortcut on the desktop but the exe couldn't be found. (Tried to search for manually but without any luck).

Any ideas/suggestions please? :) I'd love to play this little charm! Thanks in advance o/

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protomni Creator
protomni Aug 4 2013, 1:49pm replied:

Well, I've just tested the Windows installer and it's fine.

Is there any chance your antivirus software is deleting the game executable?

EDIT: And sorry for the divided reply.

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Scytharia Aug 4 2013, 2:37pm replied:

Thanks a million! :) Once again this shows why I love supporting indiegames, what a kind, helpflu reply. I almost couldn't believe it but yes, it seemed to be avast! causing the troubles during the installation. Game runs fine as long as it's deactivated. Weird, never heard about something like that :) But as I said, it works fine now and I'm really enjoying it! Thanks again for the quick/kind and helpful reply :)

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protomni Creator
protomni Aug 4 2013, 2:48pm replied:

That's great news, my friend!

Thank you very much for the support and for the uplifting compliments! It made our day!

As for Avast, there might be a way to add the game to a safe list so that you can leave it running, keeping your system protected. Usually, these programs keep some sort of log of blocked executables, so that might help setting it up.

Once more, thank you very much for the kind support and have fun!

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protomni Creator
protomni Aug 4 2013, 1:47pm replied:

By the way, I'll check the standalone installer right now and will let you know how it goes in a second.

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protomni Creator
protomni Aug 4 2013, 1:43pm replied:

On a Windows system, the executable can be found in 'Program Files (x86)\Desura\Common\bernie-needs-love\', and is named 'Bernie Needs Love.exe'.

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protomni Creator
protomni Aug 4 2013, 1:36pm replied:


I am really sorry to know you are having trouble launching the game and I'll do my best to help you through it.

If you are running the Linux version, it seems the official Desura client is still very unstable, so it is recommendable to install Desurium. You can get the source code of Desurium and compile yourself, or you can install the Stable Release — which is much faster.

Personally, I've been having an issue with launching the game on Ubuntu through the client — but, as I checked with the Desura staff and they said it was working, I suppose it's something on my client. If I right-click the game in the client and create a desktop shortcut, however, the game launches fine by double-clicking the icon.

If you are running the Windows client, I suggest uninstalling the game and rebooting the system before attempting another install. We've tested the Windows client with this update and it runs fine.

If none of these options work, please let us know your system specifications so that we can troubleshoot this together.

Also, please remember you can always download the standalone versions, which are available both for Windows and for Linux right here on Desura.

Finally, thank you very much for your support and for the kind comment. We are very happy to have you with us and we hope this initial difficulty does not detract from your experience playing our game.

I'll be expecting news.

Thanks, good luck, and have fun!

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protomni Creator
protomni Jul 31 2013, 11:14am says:

Hello friends!

It's out!!! We finally managed to update Bernie Needs Love to version 0.8!!!

We're really sorry for taking three months working on this, but we are sure you'll understand why we put so much effort in this when you play the new stage 1-10...

Thank you all very, very much for the patience and for the support, and now go have some fun with the awesome boss-fight we made for you and start getting ready for the next 10 Carnival levels on which we are currently working!

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protomni Creator
protomni Jul 11 2013, 6:38pm says:

Hi friends!

Sorry for the delay... Anyway, we are working on the final details of the boss fight and expect to complete this update to 0.8 in the next week!

If you haven't watched the last video dev log, check it out on our profile and see a bit the next stage and its creation process. By the way, please ignore the 0.79 version number: it should be 0.8, but I have a tendency to mess up version numbers, always triple-checking it every time before uploading an upgrade...

Well, thank you all for the ongoing support and have fun getting to level 1-9 if you haven't already! If you have completed all available levels, however, remember there is a secret level hidden somewhere — can you find it? ;)

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protomni Creator
protomni May 23 2013, 6:20pm says:

Hi friends!

I just want to let you know we are working hard on a very special surprise for you on level 1-10!

We might publish a news article with more details but, either way, we expect to release a new update for Bernie Needs Love next week.

As always, thank you all for the kind support and positive feedback!

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protomni Creator
protomni Apr 16 2013, 12:27pm says:

Hello friends!

We are very glad to let you know the update to version 0.79 is ready and waiting to be approved by the Desura staff!

We are very sorry for taking longer than expected working on this new build, but we really wanted to iron some annoying bugs off, and add some cool new content — including a hidden stage! All in all — even though it seems version 1.0 won't be ready before June — you, our dear supporters, can rest assured we will always do our best to provide you with the most amazing game we can create.

We truly hope you like it!

Thank you all for the support and please let us know if you have any issue or idea!

P.S.: We have some exciting news about the Linux and Android ports. For more details, please stay tuned for a news article in the next few days!

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Silverhawk85 Apr 22 2013, 3:16pm replied:

I played the new level. It's really nice but now I'm through with the game again.

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protomni Creator
protomni Apr 22 2013, 6:01pm replied:

Hi Silverhawk85!

Indeed, we wish we could have included more levels in the last update but, like I said, there was a lot to fix and stabilize as well.

We are very glad to know you enjoyed stage 1-9 — thanks for letting us know! Have you found the secret level yet?

Anyway, there should be a news article soon and a new update in the next couple of weeks.

Take care and have fun!

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