If you’ve ever played Crazy Taxi or a little title called The Simpsons: Road Rage, then you know how fun it is to run around a map trying to reach objectives and keep the clock ticking for as long as possible. It’s a winning formula, but it’s never been combined with pizza and mechs before.
That’s where Pizza Titan Ultra comes in. This arcade action game has you running around various areas as a mech that also cooks and delivers pizza. Pump up your score and keep the timer running, all while dodging enemies and keeping your customers happy. It’s time to find out if this formula makes for a tasty pizza pie.
A Few of My Favorite Things
I’m pretty sure that “pizza” and “mechs” would absolutely be in my top 10 list of the things I love most in the this world, so when I saw Pizza Titan Ultra, I was already sold. Jumping into the game, you’re greeted with a stylish presentation and an insanely catchy theme song at the menu.
Before you get into the thick of it, you can visit your garage to explore customizable parts and colors for your mech. The money you earn from missions is used to purchase new options, which in turn help you get closer to unlocking addition special abilities.
The options are varied across your head, chest, legs, and even your arms and back. You can even run around with a giant cat head if you’d like. It’s an excellent amount of customization, to say the least.
The game’s main story spans across a nice number of different maps, all of which have several chapters to play through and a free mode that lets you see how high you can get your score before the timer runs out.
Cut scenes are delivered with dialogue and character portraits of wacky and zany characters. You’ll see plenty of pop culture references, including a Bob Ross and PaRappa the Rapper spoof to name a few.
It’s fun, witty dialogue and the overarching storyline about your arch nemesis, Cheezeborg is a fun spin on classic Saturday morning cartoon storylines. I would have liked a more in-depth storyline that really embraced the cheese (pun intended), but what we have here is fun and, more importantly, funny.
Gameplay is the star of the show here, and Pizza Titan Ultra manages to give you a nice balance between the inherent clunkiness of a mech, and the speed you need to succeed. Your mech moves with a purposeful gait, but you can also turn pretty sharply and trigger special abilities like a sprint to get around faster.
Scattered across the map are pickups that increase your cash and the timer by small margins. You can find these on the ground or on top of buildings that you reach by using your jetpack. While the game’s characters will often (but now always) discourage you from destroying buildings, there’s no consequence for doing so.
This is a very smart decision from a design standpoint, as it’s pretty difficult to not hit buildings when you’re barreling towards a delivery at top speed. A collection of secret ingredients to find rounds out the selection for each level.
The game’s objective arrow at your feet points you to the next delivery and reaching it results in a hilarious animation where you punch the building to deliver the pizza. Sometimes people on the ground will also stop you to make them a pizza on the fly, which results in a fun little mini-game and an opportunity for bonus cash.
While all of this is going on, Cheezeborg’s minions will attack you and slow you down. Stomping, punching, or otherwise smashing them is good fun, but it’s just a distraction from the arcade platforming that makes Pizza Titan Ultra shine.
Additional objectives are given to you for the story missions as well, which mixes up the overall goal, while still requiring you to make your deliveries. It’s good fun, and thanks to the tight controls, it feels great to play while also offering plenty of challenge and room to improve your skills.
Saturday Morning Goodness
Pizza Titan Ultra features a sleek art style and vibrant colors that really pop when you’re running around the city. The soundtrack is also catchy and fun, adding a nice energy to the gameplay. You can tell it’s a labor of love from the developers as the details really shine.
This is especially true in the cut scenes where character portraits showcase a huge amount of detail and design that helps them fit into this pizza-themed world while also retaining a lot of charm.
For the low price, Pizza Titan Ultra is an arcade action romp that I would absolutely recommend to lovers of the genre or people who, like me, love pineapple on pizza and aren’t afraid to say it. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I seriously need to order some pizza after writing this review.
Final Score: 8.5/10
A copy of Pizza Titan Ultra was provided to PS4 Experts for review purposes
Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert date - 10/3/18