Devolver Digital Releases New SNES Game To Raise Mental Health Awareness

By Yue Lynn on May 12, 2018

Image Credit: Devolver Digital
Image Credit: Devolver Digital

Following their Publisher Weekend’s Steam sales announcement, Devolver Digital revealed they will be releasing a new Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) game titled Fork Parker’s Crunch Out which was developed to raise mental health awareness. The game (costing USD49.99/RM198) is a collaboration between Devolver, Mega Cat Studios and Take This, a non-profit charity that advocates for mental health awareness.

Devolver Digital also confirmed that “100% of our profits go to Take This in support of their efforts with mental health in the game community” in a Twitter post.

Here’s the official description of the game:

Image Credit: Mega Cat Studios
Image Credit: Mega Cat Studios

“Devolver Digital CFO, Fork Parker, enjoyed a life of luxury and spent his days watching the profits roll in from the lucrative indie game publishing industry. However, an upstart new publishing label threatens to take his beloved market share, forcing the handsome executive to take matters into his own hands and start 'motivating' his game developers by any means necessary. Meaningless elements like “artistic integrity” and “engaging gameplay” are out the window as efficiency and deadlines now dictate the studio's every move - welcome to crunch time.”

Additionally, according to Mega Cat Studios, Fork Parker’s Crunch Out “aims to raise awareness of the all too real issue of game dev crunch through a playful look at the pressures of game development, exaggerated by the menace that is a game publisher executive.” Notably, crunch time has always been a sore subject and a genuine problem in the game development industry, involving overworked employees and unfair compensation.

In a clear dig towards said issue, here are the game’s features:

Image Credit: Mega Cat Studios
Image Credit: Mega Cat Studios

- Furious task management and questionable motivation tactics are your tools. Coffee, discipline, and shock treatment are all in play if your team slips off their production schedule.

- Spend your profits from each game wisely - do you invest in a new espresso machine to keep the your dev team happy, or buy some winged wingtips to help you zip around the office?

- Deploy strategic power-ups, like unpaid interns working for exposure and mandatory overtime to stay on track and hit that release date.

- Take executive action in exciting and intense mini-games to keep your character’s office in order. When the internet drops out or his beloved wife calls in, only Fork and his pet piggy bank, Pork Farker, can save the game and the bottom line.

If you have extra money to spare, here is the Limited Edition Crunch Out cartridge for your consideration:

Costing USD149/RM587, this custom cartridge is fitted with an office desktop replica along with a coffee cup and a LED monitor that lights up. It’s also boasts to be “the largest, heaviest, most exclusive SNES cart in history.”

If you’re interested in playing Fork Parker’s Crunch Out (and contributing your money to a good cause), do make haste in getting this management simulator because it will only have a limited run of 1000 copies!

Fork Parker’s Crunch Out is available for USD49.99/RM198.

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