'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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Blog RSS Feed Report abuse Latest News: Meatballphobia now available on Google Play & Amazon!

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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Silverhawk85
Silverhawk85 Jan 16 2013, 6:54am says:

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

It would be nice, if you add gamepad support.

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Lunick
Lunick Jan 15 2013, 9:49pm says:

Latest update fixed the issue, thankyou very much :)

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protomni Creator
protomni Jan 16 2013, 7:00am replied:

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

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protomni Creator
protomni Jan 15 2013, 9:37am says:

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 Jan 15 2013, 7:11am replied:

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 Jan 15 2013, 7:13am replied:

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 Jan 15 2013, 7:22am replied:

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 Jan 15 2013, 3:42pm replied:

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 Jan 15 2013, 8:21am replied:

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 Jan 15 2013, 7:29am replied:

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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