Pizza Titan Ultra is, uh, I don’t really know. It’s Crazy Taxi, but with mechs, and you’re delivering pizza instead of driving folks around. You play as a mobile, ten-story pizzeria, running around a sprawling city trying to complete as many deliveries as possible while an ever-present timer ticks away in the background. Pizza Titan Ultra is not quite as fast-paced as Crazy Taxi, but that’s forgivable given how much fun it is to jump, jetpack, and dodge-roll across an urban playground littered with angry droids. One cannot understate how satisfying it is to emphatically punch a pizza into a building. Unfortunately, though, when not in its stride, Pizza Titan Ultra is sluggish, clunky, and needed a bit more time in the oven.
Gameplay is fun, but occasionally feels a little rough around the edges. The main gameplay loop involves receiving a delivery location and then running there as fast as possible, skillfully leaping buildings and dispatching enemies along the way. Once a delivery is complete, the next order comes in, and the process repeats. Sadly, camera control is extremely limited, so you are constantly stuck only seeing a little bit of the city around you as you run at a slightly awkward angle. Delivering pizza, fighting enemies, and hopping across rooftops to collect extra money and time are all reasonably fun. When playing through the game’s 32 missions, you will constantly have to balance the mission objective (which could involve combat, time trials, or other standard quests) with delivering pizza, which extends the timer. Otherwise, you may run out of time far too quickly to finish the mission. Alternatively, wait too long, and the endlessly-spawning enemies will become too much to bear, replacing dinky droids with formidable aircraft and mechs. This means that a measured approach is required in order to efficiently advance through the game’s occasionally hilarious narrative.
The bad news is that Pizza Titan Ultra runs out of tricks rather quickly. There are a few different mission objectives, but ultimately, this is a game about delivering pizza. That experience is bogged down by rough gameplay, an annoying camera, and wave after wave of repetitive enemy AI. The impressive style and production value are marred by that locked camera, the endless enemies get far too grating, and the game is ultimately just a bit too slow for comfort.
Pizza Titan Ultra is solid at best, frustrating at worst, and is overall just a bit above average. That’s a shame because I had higher hopes for this title, but ultimately, I am not walking away too disappointed. If you find this title as intriguing as I did, it may still be worth a shot–just keep in mind that Pizza Titan Ultra is thin crust through and through.