by Murray Lewis
There will be No Pineapple Left Behind
I love management games. I love hiring and firing tiny people, plopping down walls and furniture, and making sure everything runs smoothly. But lately I've felt like every management game has been missing something important.
No Pineapple Left Behind is a school management strategy game by Boston, MA-based Subaltern Games - best known for last year's bleak strategy game, Neocolonialism. Thankfully, the topic in their new game is much more up-beat: the oppressive, crumbling, American school system!
The twist here is that all of the children are pineapples. Because magic. Yes, really.
It's the strangest idea I've seen in a management game since being able to launch piles of trash into neighbouring establishments in Theme Hospital. It's hilarious, yet deeply unsettling, and probably a metaphor for the de-humanisation of children in a morally bankrupt educational system. Probably.
No Pineapple Left Behind has currently achieved just over 11% of its target of $35,000 on Kickstarter, with the funding window due to end on the 24th of October. If you like what you see, go and lend them a hand.