By Edwin Velez
Reviewed on Xbox One
Released on July 20th, 2016 for Xbox One (Also Availible on Steam)
Developer: Disparity Games Publisher: Disparity Games
Ninja Pizza Girl’s gameplay is fast paced, presented as a 2D platformer with speed in mind. Each level in the story mode has a time limit in play, which serves as your time until the pizza is no longer fresh. You need to run, jump, and avoid obstacles as swiftly and smoothly as you can to make sure your customer service is up to par. Somewhat playing like a 2D Mirror’s Edge, making finesse key to mastering the games mechanics, but the title is also surprisingly easy to get a hang of early on. It plays well, with most inputs being run, jump, and slide or slight variations of those abilities. Some instances beg to be smoother, with tight spaces being hazardous and you may find yourself stuck in mid jump between a wall and an obstacle. For the most part however, the game plays well. Unique to the game is a “health” system that is based on Gemma’s mood. The more you fall or are bullied by a syndicate of rival Pizza Ninjas, the more Gemma feels down in the dumps. Once you hit “rock bottom” so to speak, you have to visit the shop where you can purchase games or snacks to up her mood. This will make the screen brighter and Gemma more perked up. If you don’t alleviate her mood, each fall will make Gemma struggle to get up, which can be a nuisance when trying to beat those times.
All-in-all Ninja Pizza Girl is a safe experience. I commend it for its approach towards real world issues, and it deserves the commendations for finding a voice in a genre that does not always have room for it. The platforming is solid, as well as the title as a whole, but again it is a safe approach. It does not break any boundaries, nor does it fall below them. Ninja Pizza Girl is an enjoyable platformer that will keep you busy for a short while across its 24 levels, and that number is doubled when you add in the speedrun mode. With mods and adjustable difficulties, the outcome of your gameplay is in your power, and you can make it a much more challenging experience if that is what you’re after. Otherwise for your money, you are getting a cheesy, solid slice of a platformer, which shines as an inspirational piece in the genre.
*Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review.
Final Score: 7/10
-Plays it Safe