'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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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!

Bernie Needs Love Released on Desura

Bernie Needs Love Released on Desura

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A simple and lighthearted platformer in which the player must guide Bernie towards his girlfriend.

Retro Platformer 'Bernie Needs Love' is Available for Pre-purchase on IndieCity

Retro Platformer 'Bernie Needs Love' is Available for Pre-purchase on IndieCity

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Protomni Multimedia has just made its retro platformer 'Bernie Needs Love' available for pre-purchase on IndieCity with a 50% discount.

Protomni Multimedia Releases Playable Preview of 'Bernie Needs Love'

Protomni Multimedia Releases Playable Preview of 'Bernie Needs Love'

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Brazilian indie developer Protomni Multimedia has released the first 5 stages of its saucy platformer 'Bernie Needs Love' on Kongregate.

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Silverhawk85
Silverhawk85

Hi, I bought your game and I like it very much.

It would be nice, if you add gamepad support.

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protomni Creator
protomni

Hi Silverhawk85,

Thanks! It means the world to my small team and I to know you are enjoying our game!

Adding gamepad support is surely on our list, and will be added probably sooner than later — I'll see if I can get my hands on a 360 controller this week in order to implement the feature as soon as possible, by the way.

Have fun and thank you for the kind support!

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Silverhawk85
Silverhawk85

You don't have to hurry with the gamepad support. I already made a Xpadder profile. It only would be nice to have an integrated controller support in the final version. ;)

By the way: On european keyboards the keys Y and Z are interchanged. For example, if the game sais press Z, I have to press Y. It's a bit confusing for european customers who don't know the fact. So it would be nice to be able to change the key settings. An onther solution would be that you choose other keys which are the same on all keyboards.

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protomni Creator
protomni

I had no idea of the different European keyboard layout, thanks for letting me know! I'm not sure if I'll be able to implement totally customizable key mappings, but I surely can add an option that allows European players to swap Y and Z.

If it weren't for you providing me this feedback, I would have remained ignorant about the issue — so, once more, thanks a lot! I'll do my best to implement the key swapping option before version 0.8. ;)

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Silverhawk85
Silverhawk85

There are a lot of games which ignore the different layouts, so that I have to do a finger split when I play them. ^^

I've also finished your game. I'm waiting for new levels ... :D

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protomni Creator
protomni

Congratulations — I'm glad to hear that! I'll start working on the 8th level tonight, so there's a big chance of another update this weekend.

As for the different keyboard layouts, it just occurred to me that another simpler solution consists in simply giving the 'Y' key the same functions already assigned to 'Z' (and, in the case of the exit menu, vice-versa). I'll also make sure our next games take this in consideration, rest assured! No more finger acrobatics for our European friends, as far as we're concerned! ;)

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Silverhawk85
Silverhawk85

Sounds good. ;)

The funny thing with this game is, that I know a person named Bernie and he has no girlfriend at the moment. So he also needs love.
I'm wondering how he will react if I show him this game. xD

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Silverhawk85
Silverhawk85

Bernie is running to his girlfriend, collecting viagra pills on his way. xD

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protomni Creator
protomni

xD

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Lunick
Lunick

Latest update fixed the issue, thankyou very much :)

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protomni Creator
protomni

I'm very glad to hear that, Lunick! Thank you for letting us know — have fun!

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protomni Creator
protomni

Hello friends!

We are very happy to see people are buying copies of 'Bernie Needs Love' and, thus, supporting our small development team! Thank you! We really hope you are having fun and, to celebrate this, we are accelerating the development of more stages for you guys — perhaps a couple of new levels this weekend, who knows?

One user kindly appointed a video freeze bug that, so far, has only happened to him — no other buyer or beta tester ever experienced this issue, but we have looked into it and believe we might have a solution if the problem is actually with the game. Being so, we have already submitted an update (v0.775) and, as soon as the Desura staff approves it, you'll get a faster, even more reliable Windows build powered by node-webkit instead of Awesomium.

This change of HTML5 wrappers also means that, soon, we'll also upload Linux and Mac versions, which weren't supported by our previous solution.

Once more, thank you all for the support and have fun!

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Lunick
Lunick

After I get the 4th or 5th pill like item, the game screen freezes but I can still hear the game actually running as I can hear the jump sounds and everything else. Also, can Desura buyers get the Android version when it comes out? :)

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protomni Creator
protomni

Hi Lunick, I've never encountered that bug, so I'll need some help to figure out what happened over there: in which stage does that happen? Have you tried pressing 'P' to unpause it? Other keys that pause the game are 'H' (toggles the help screen) and 'ESC' (displays an exit message).
Regarding the Android version being free for Desura buyers, I'll have to talk to the rest of the team about it — but it is an interesting possibility, nonetheless. For now, platform-wise, we are focused on porting the game to MacOS and Linux. We only expect to focus on the Android version once the desktop build is complete.
Well, I'll be expecting more info on that bug you've found. ;)

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Lunick
Lunick

Video here with info in the description Youtu.be Interesting enough, the bug happens sooner in fullscreen mode than windowed mode.

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protomni Creator
protomni

Hi Lunick,
Thanks for the video — very strange indeed! This has never happened to our beta testers, myself included.
I'll try to upload a new build, this time based on a different HTML5 wrapper, and it might eliminate the problem for you. On your side, you could try updating DirectX and checking for the latest drivers for your GPU. If it still doesn't work, you can always download the standalone installer you have access to and see if the bug also happens with it. By the way, what OS are you running?

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Lunick
Lunick

I'm using the latest version of DirectX 11 and all my Video Card driver is up to date. I'm running Windows 7 but I'll see if the Standalone Installer will do anything.

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protomni Creator
protomni

Great! I'll be expecting news and, later today, I'll upload an update which might fix this for you.

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Lunick
Lunick

Standalone achieved the exact same results as above, I think I'll just wait for that fix later :)

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protomni Creator
protomni

Hi Lunick! The v0.775 update is already available for download. Please let us know if it fixes the video freeze issue you've been having. Thanks!

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protomni Creator
protomni

I have just uploaded an update (v0.775), in the form of both a Desura client package and a standalone installer. Now, it's just a matter a bit for the update to be approved. ;)

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protomni Creator
protomni

I'm sorry to hear that, Lunick. I'll upload a new version in the next couple of hours — let's see it that fixes the issue. Thanks!

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