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Pizza vs. Skeletons Review
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Pizza vs. Skeletons, a stylish side-scrolling platformer from Riverman Media, is now available from the app store. With a myriad of mini-games and a ton of customization options, variety is the order of the day and Pizza vs. Skeletons has proven to be extremely hard to put down.

Pizza vs. Skeletons Pros:

  • Beautiful hand-drawn graphics and smooth animation
  • Quirky and enjoyable soundtrack
  • Simple tilt and tap mechanics for tight control
  • Huge variety of level types and customization options
  • GameCenter integration for global leaderboards and achievements

Pizza vs. Skeletons Cons:

  • Difficult to tell how damaged the pizza is
  • Unharmed stars are difficult to snag

You start the game as a huge pizza, complete with a sour facial expression and an attitude to match. There are 100 levels of gameplay spread evenly across 10 stages. It’s difficult to characterize the type of activities that you’ll need to perform, as things are changed up from level to level. One minute you are tasked with crushing skeletons, another you are rolling down declines and collecting coins, and the next you are balancing on a rolling skull as it passes across a field of spikes. You’ll also find yourself swinging on a chain between buildings while crushing skeletons that appear in the windows, bouncing on space trampolines to clear the area of bouncing skulls, chomping small fish until you grow to be biggest in the ocean, gaining height by bouncing on brains so that you can come down with enough force to break through a stack of lumber, and much more. Each set of levels ends with a boss battle, pitting your pizza against an equally-sized skull in a pseudo-sumo match. Each level has 3 distinct goals that allow you to earn stars. These goals usually include completing the level and taking no damage, the latter being the one we struggled with most. Other goals are usually specific to the type of game played, so you can earn a star for breaking a certain number of boards, completing the level within a certain timeframe, or collecting a minimum number of coins. Each level contains coins that can be used to purchase different body types, toppings, accessories, and facial features for your pizzas. Additionally, you can earn some extra coins at the end of each level by spinning the Wheel of Pizza.

Graphically, Pizza vs. Skeletons has a really impressive hand-drawn style, and the customization options give the game the opportunity to tinker with the visuals to keep things fresh. Each level creates an air of excitement as you learn exactly what new gaming element you’ll be faced with or which previously-seen elements will make their return. Beautiful backdrops create an immersive environment that gives the game a great deal of character. We were quite impressed to see that brand new mini-games were still being introduced very late into the game. The soundtrack also provides some catchy tunes that defy characterization as much as the game itself. The controls are simple and spot-on: you tilt to roll the pizza back and forth, tap to jump, and tap in mid-air to stomp. Calibration options are present from the pause menu, too.

Replay value is very good, as you’ll need to grind a bit to earn enough money to purchase all available items to outfit your pizza. The quest for all stars should also take a good deal of effort, as the “Unharmed” star has proved to be a tricky one to snag with any regularity. Of note, to earn the full 3 stars for any level, all must be obtained on the same attempt. There is no mixing and matching as seen in a number of other games. GameCenter integration for global leaderboards and nearly a dozen achievements should keep you invested, too. A universal app on launch sale for $2.99 (regularly $4.99), Pizza vs. Skeletons is a can’t-miss, 4.5-Dimple adventure.

Pizza vs. Skeletons Review, reviewed by Kevin on 2012-02-19T12:23:56+00:00 rating 4.5 out of 5

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