Oh wow, went back to this game thinking I'd have a lovely little trip of remembrance of this game. Only to find it unplayable when compared to the others, at least for me due to how easily I get overwhelmed.
Well, as a first to a series, and when I first played this ages back, this game was quite great! Being able to make pizzas was so cool, even if the younger me never understood why some people would order toppings on only half or a quarter of their pizza. It was a fun game, one I never really experienced before, and it helped to pave my way into loving this little series that's grown so much.
Now though, I can definitely see how it's aged in just five years. Compared to the essentials that the other games have, like upgrades and customization, it just feels so clunky in comparison. It's hard to keep track of baking pizzas and what customers are coming in, and honestly it feels like they come in far too fast for how long a pizza takes. I usually end up getting five orders at once, unfinished and piling up. As such, it's really hard to get a perfect in this, due to wait times, or not knowing when the pizza has baked just long enough. Cutting is a bit easier to get, though it takes more time to get perfects, while toppings I seemed to get perfect most of the time.
The customers are all classics that we've come to love, even if some of them like Timm are hard to recognize when compared to his later appearances. It's always fun to see who was at the start of it all, and just how many there are now in comparison.
The art seems to have held up quite well over the years. Though it is a bit less refined, it still has that wonderfully bizarre and silly style to them that's recognizable as a Flipline game. The only thing that looks really janky is Roy's head behind the counter (It looks a little pointed) and the coals to the oven, which looks so weirdly rendered.
Music is well. It works, and it's not too overpowering so I don't mind listening to it. It's boring, of course, but it helps to keep you focused on the work instead of zoning out to the beats. Game is quite quiet compared to others, but then again ovens don't really make much noise so I guess it would be hard to make there be more static noises.
But overall, I still have trouble keeping up with the game's pace, which makes the game unplayable for me due to—as I said earlier—how easily I get overwhelmed. I dunno if the mobile version of this got any updates to the play, but if it did I would say it would probably be best to also import it to this version as well. Upgrades, a female chef, customization options, better wait times; just stuff that helps make the other games more playable, to help keep this game fresh and still relevant to the series.
Otherwise, as it stands, this game pales in comparison to the later installments like Donuteria or Pancakeria. Little options in the topping choices when compared to others, pretty much no customization options, hard to keep track of everything that goes on, no holidays to spice things up; it would be fantastic to see this game though come back with more options, more works, more stuff in general. But because that's probably unlikely, I have to give it a middle score.
Good for its time, not so good in the current time.