Already an internet darling, specifically in the gaming community, Pizza Tower has won over the hearts of many. With its unique personality, fluid gameplay, and bizarre storyline, this indie classic is already winning over gamers and regular people alike. That includes me, who enjoyed the game on a rundown laptop.
To start, Pizza Tower is a story about a pizza shop owner named Peppino Spaghetti, who must save his pizzeria from being destroyed. It features an anime-esque opening, where our hero runs like a madman to save his restaurant. Just look at how epic this introduction is!
If you're wondering how the gameplay is, it's amazing. Everything clicks perfectly control-wise and the level design's immaculate. The only complaint I have is it might be a bit too chaotic for its own good. However, the game plays like Wario Land 4 once you get used to the fracas.
Speaking of which, the main appeal of Pizza Tower is that it plays like a spiritual successor to Wario Land 4. It's not just in the gameplay, though. It's also in the music, sound effects, and collectibles. You even activated a timer that began a countdown before Pizzaface knocked you out of the level. This Steam classic does it to a point where it brought back memories of my childhood.
The game design also plays on this, with a 90's MS Paint style to all enemies and characters in the game. They're all either overexaggerated, gross, or humorous, similar to... you guessed it: Wario Land 4. Such homage is what makes this a masterpiece.
As I mentioned before, there are a couple of flaws, though. The game can get a bit chaotic at times. Some levels feel like you don't know what the hell's going on. Also, there's a particular boss fight that's frustrating to the point of rage quitting. I'm not going to mention which one it is for spoiler's sake. However, it can be a pain in the ass, to say the least.
Still, Pizza Tower is amazing. It calls upon nostalgia perfectly and everything controls well once you've played the game enough. It's a giant memory wave that my body needs, filled with sweet music and awesome level design and personality.
Such execution is probably why numerous gamers like myself are infatuated with the title. Playing in a refrigerated level resembling the cold laboratory or going to a wasteyard like Crescent Moon Village made me smile. By the way, this should be Peppino's theme song. Just sayin'.