Bernie Needs Love

Loading
  • Bernie Needs Love

Bernie Needs Love is, in essence, 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 yet beautiful city and collecting blue 'love-enhancing' pills to make it an extra-special night!

A humorous portrait of social and existential issues in a media where death and sexuality are usually quite one-dimensional, Bernie Needs Love also stands out from the crowd with its charming lo-fi graphics, lovingly composed chiptune music, and hardcore difficulty level — which are sure to satisfy players who grew up in the 8-bit era.

Aesthetically, Bernie Needs Love is indeed a loveletter to the games of the 80s and early 90s, but also an experiment on getting the most out of a self-imposed set of limitations: the palette is a mix of CPC, C64, and NES colors with a few odd ones to highlight certain elements, while the original chiptune soundtrack is entirely created with synthesizers that faithfully emulate the hardware of iconic 8-bit and 16-bit machines.

Regardless of its nostalgic appeal, Bernie Needs Love is an up-to-date game from the depicted subjects (i.e. the anguish of life in the constant shadow of imminent death, one's need for love and sex, the pharmaceutical industry, etc.) to the modern conveniences it provides, such as automatic support for the Xbox 360 controller, quick and easy switching between the windowed and fullscreen modes, audio options (toggle-enabled and independent controls for Music and SFX), and saving the player progress. Even the hair-pulling difficulty is balanced with infinite lives, immediate restart upon death, and no loading whatsoever after the first loading screen upon start (which shouldn't take more then 3 seconds, by the way).

Hi, guys! Life happens, but we're back on track! We're not sure when the next update will be available, but we're progressing. Here is a new preview of the disco-themed stages: Disco stage preview GIF on Imgur We'll share a bit of the soundtrack that will play on those stages soon! Take care, and have a great weekend!

2017-04-07

Hi, guys! Life happens, but we're back on track! We're not sure when the next update will be available, but we're progressing. Here is a new preview of the disco-themed stages: Disco stage preview GIF on Imgur We'll share a bit of the soundtrack that will play on those stages soon! Take care, and have a great weekend!

2017-04-07

Hi friends, We have just updated 'Bernie Needs Love' to 0.831 as a minor between-milestones version increment to fix issues with the analog stick in stage 1-10. Special thanks to 'Zeebrax the Astral Lifejacket' for reporting the bug! As a sidenote, we are working hard on levels 2-3 to 2-5, and we are looking forward to share more details with you guys in the near future. For ...

2016-06-18

Hi friends, We have just updated 'Bernie Needs Love' to 0.831 as a minor between-milestones version increment to fix issues with the analog stick in stage 1-10. Special thanks to 'Zeebrax the Astral Lifejacket' for reporting the bug! As a sidenote, we are working hard on levels 2-3 to 2-5, and we are looking forward to share more details with you guys in the near future. For ...

2016-06-18

Hello, friends! We're happy to announce Bernie Needs Love is now updated to version 0.83 for both Windows and Linux platforms! Here's what's new: Added bonus level 2. Added a new music track, "Jawcrusher Ballad", for the 2nd bonus level. Added secret level 2. Added new old-TV simulation mode (click here for a comparison). Fixed bug: keeping the key or button pressed, or pressing it repeatedly, while the level selection screen loads after completing any level kept the taximeter sound looping dur...

2016-04-06

PC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM SPECS:

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows 7 or later
  • Processor: Dual-core Intel i3 or similar
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Any GPU compatible with OpenGL ES 2.0
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 500 MB available space

RECOMMENDED SPECS:

Recommended:

  • OS: Windows 7 or later
  • Processor: Dual-core Intel i5 or similar
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Any GPU compatible with OpenGL ES 2.0
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 1 GB available space

LINUX SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM SPECS:

Minimum:

  • OS: Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS
  • Processor: Dual-core Intel i3 or similar
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Any GPU compatible with OpenGL ES 2.0

RECOMMENDED SPECS:

Recommended:

  • OS: Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS
  • Processor: Dual-core Intel i5 or similar
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Any GPU compatible with OpenGL ES 2.0
You must be logged in to post a comment.
HRK Live Support