Though magic plays a part in No Pineapple Left Behind, a satirical take on the schooling system, it’s no Hogwarts. Instead, an evil wizard has made it so that kids turn into pineapples – much simpler versions of their previously human, hormone-driven selves.
Taking the role of a principal, the player progresses through specific stages, each within a different school building. Goals vary, but generally, the principal aims to make a profit thanks to skilled teachers. The better the grades, the more money earned. Teachers cover the basic school subjects like math, history, and language, but do so by casting spells, each having its own chance of success. They earn experience and are able to learn new ones, but they can also burn out from working; since there isn’t a teacher’s lounge in the building, they have to be fired when this happens.
The students can change from pineapples to kids and vice versa. Pineapples represent very simple, docile kids, who have no particular desires or goals, nor participate in social interactions. If their humanity meter rises to 100, they turn into children, who then enter the school’s little social network. Each student has desires, such as earning an A or dating someone. They also have several random traits. The tradeoff when “humanizing” the students into regular people comes from dealing with their complexities while potentially earning better grades.
No Pineapple Left Behind released a new trailer and an Alpha demo this week. Subaltern Games’ Itch.io page has the download (it’s name-your-own-price). The build has two stages, with the first being a tutorial. The full version, slated for early 2016, will feature expelling students, policemen, dealing with late school buses, and other management decisions.
Check out the Steam page for updates from the creators about the satirical school simulation.