Subaltern Games’ No Pineapple Left Behind puts players in the role of a school principal. Your job is made much simpler when a wizard turns all the children into pineapples. These pineapples aren’t the smartest bunch, but are easier to manage than children. The game allows you to either keep your pineapple-filled school, which conserves money but leaves you with average students, or turn everyone back into children, who are capable of A’s but need constant attention.
The game’s darkly satirical plot is complemented by soviet themes both in the art design and soundtrack. Subaltern hopes to get at the fact that, while giving students freedom makes your job more difficult, it is the most humane route. Regardless, students aren’t always happy in their child forms. Managing human students means dealing with cliques and preventing bullying. No choice is the right one, but both have benefits in their own ways.
Players educate students through a series of magic spells. Around 20 spells will make their way into No Pineapple Left Behind, which can then be used by your wizard-like teachers to cram textbook knowledge into as many students as possible. Teachers will become apathetic as time goes on, though, so you’ll be forced to fire them to keep up productivity.
Subaltern has launched a Kickstarter for No Pineapple Left Behind, which still has a long way to go to reach its goal. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to run your own school, albeit one with wizard teachers in place of regular teachers, you can contribute to the project here.