Review by Stent
"How does success taste? Delicious!"
I must thank whoever invented pizza to this world. Pizzas are one of the fewer foods that taste great no matter what you put on them. You can put triple layers of cheese on pizza...anchovies...you name it, you can put on pizza. (insert that pizza joke here)
So what happens if you combine pizza and a computer game together?
Simple. You will get a delicious computer game that focus on opening your own pizza restaurant. Sure sounds addicting, doesn't it?
This game is also known as Fast Food Tycoon 2. If you haven't guessed already, it is another tycoon game. But the game is different from all the other rip-offs ''tycoon'' game. The producers of this game has put lots of effort into this game and turns out to be quite good.
The reason why this game is different from other tycoon game is that Pizza Connection 2 has features that no one could ever think of. For example, who would have thought that you can send couriers to deliver a bomb in a restaurant? Definitely not your everyday pizza game.
But the best feature of all is to create your own pizza. You can put any toppings on it. From tomatoes to anchovies to cheese (!!!). And they also has the strangest ingredients out of all. You can put ants, grasshoppers, snakes on a pizza...sounds gross? (But remember, pizza tastes good no matter what is on them!)
All matters said. Pizza may be good, but is the game really that good? Read my review and you will find out.
The graphics are pretty good. Not amazing, but good.
The characters are cute little 3-D animated characters, even though they look like action figures. But you can tell them apart because of their clothing and size. (For example, a chef wears a chef's hat. Big shots are usually fat and pudgy.
The scenery in the game looks really pretty as well. They are clear, so when you look at a building. You know what it is. Although, most of the scenery are just buildings. There are several ponds, parks and a ''city symbol'' to keep you enjoyed about the scenery.
You won't be able to hear music in the city (just random sound effects, such as people yelling and cars honking). But you will be able to hear music when you enter a restaurant (if there is music). The music is pretty up to your style. But there are plenty of variety for you to choose from.
There are lots of sound effects. One of the coolest features is that when you hire an employee in a particular theme. They say something in that language. So if you hire an employee in ''Tokyo'', the employee will say japanese! Cool? But other than that, there aren't much sound effects in the game, lowing the sound score to a seven.
The buttons are easy to navigate and use. It is also easy to go around the map and explore. But there is something that bothers me, you can't scroll around your restaurant. You can only navigate the restaurants in one point of view and you can't move it. That is really annoying when you have an expanded restaurant and you want to place decorations and furnitures and is not able to move around the restaurant.
But other than the annoying feature not able to scroll around your restaurant (I have no idea why they don't let you do it). The rest of the controls are easy to use.
Who knew opening your own pizza restaurant could be so hard. It's more than just worrying the toppings on the pizza. You will have to worry about where to locate your restaurant. Place it near a university will attract kids. Place it near a hotel and you will mostly attract tourists (duh!).
The customers are important, the customers are divided into eight different categories: kids, teens, students, yuppies, big-shots, tourists, oldies and louts. Each category has their different style and taste in pizza, furnitures, music and type of advertisements. For example, if your advertisement is too aggreesive, the teenagers will love it but the oldies will find it rather disturbing. So you will have to think all about these 'categories' when you decide what to put in your restaurant. It's more than just a pizza game, it's call strategy.
You will also be competing against some other characters (controlled by CPU). You better watch out for them! They are your enemies and will steal customers from you! They can also kidnap your employees or heck, they can even send someone to blow your restaurant up. Who knew competition was so tough these days?
You can also create your own pizza. I personally think this is the best feature in the game ^_^ You can experiment with all different kind of ingridents and putting it on the pizza. Whee~ Think of all the possibilities! Also, you can enter your pizza into a competition and win a trophy if your restaurant is good enough.
But the thing that ties the game together are tasks for you to compete. There are ten stages in total, and each stage has three tasks for you to do. You must complete these tasks in a given amount of time. Or else you won't be able to proceed to the next theme!
What I'm trying to say is that there are a huge variety of gameplay in this game. No wonder Gamefaqs put it under strategy. It's more than just putting the pizza in the oven sort of game, you will have to look outside of the picture and think big! Although there are some flaws (some of the tasks are nearly impossible!), you can clearly see that the producers have put lots of effort into this game and try to make it as fun as possible.
Like most 'tycoon' games, Pizza Connection 2 does get boring after a while. Even putting all sorts of ingridents on your pizza could get boring after a long period of time. Good thing they added in a feature where you could set your own tasks, set your own competitors, set your own city (sort of). So if you found the 'original' game too boring and difficult, you could always switch to this feature and have a little fun ^_^
I can't help it. I have a thing for 'tycoon' games and I get addicted to them. Some may find it awfully boring and awfully difficult. But with the right amount of patience and the right amount of affection for pizza, you will love this game like a fresh pizza from the oven.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 04/28/02, Updated 04/28/02
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