I am always on the lookout for potential titles that I can play on my channel. Most of the times I end up not making a series out of it, mostly because I am quickly bored of it. If it interests me, I usually stick with it longer and eventually I decide to start a Let’s Play series if it is a good fit.
Recently I came across Pizza Express on Steam Greenlight. A game that got to me due to the nostalgia nerve that it hit. Making Pizza yourself? Managing a restaurant? Reminds me of Pizza Connection / Pizza Tycoon, one of the games that got me into management & business simulations! Better give Pizza Express a spin!
After I got used to the interface, that is not designed for 27-inch screens; I found myself baking pizza, creating new recipes and managing a restaurant. Pizza Express reminded me a lot of Cook, Serve, Delicious, when it comes to the actual cooking part, but it had a more interesting ‘restaurant-simulation’ behind it that integrated well with the cooking part. To be profitable, you not only have to set the right prices and make little mistakes when making the pizzas, but you also have to make sure not to buy too many ingredients, that you will have to throw out at the end of the day.
The game presents a skippable story through the first 12 days (the full version will have 30 according to the developer), that not only explains the game very well without breaking the immersion but also was genuinely interesting. So interesting, that I dealt with the eye-straining interface over two hours; I did not find an option to play the game in windowed mode.
The animal characters fit very well into the whole theme and are quite unique, especially for this genre. I mean, who has seen a cat manage a restaurant?
The music in the game, which was made by several artists and is Public Domain, complements the 16-bit graphical style of the game very well and adds to the fun. 🙂
It’s unlikely that I will play Pizza Express on my channel, but I feel after two hours of fun gameplay (and the reason I didn’t blog on Friday), I owe it at least a mention here and a recommendation! The demo can be downloaded on the Steam Greenlight Page. It got my vote 🙂