“My love is pizza shaped. Won’t you have a slice? It’s circular, so there’s enough to go around.” – Dora J. Arod
Pineapple on Pizza is a short and jolly walking simulator and exploration game with a surprising twist! Players can traverse an island full of dancing people, discover different people and objects and even jump into a volcano!
Released: 28th March 2023
Pineapple on Pizza has minimal gameplay and mostly involves walking around the colourful island observing the dancing people and their surroundings. There are a variety of unique things to find such as a woman with a baby, a large statue, a limbo game, a little turtle and much more. This adds an element of interest to the exploration and gives a sense of progression. Despite its simplicity and casual nature, the gameplay is very enjoyable and has a lot to offer in a short amount of time.
Narrative and Styling
Pineapple on Pizza’s narrative is very limited and consists largely of any story the player might infer from exploration of the island, it does, however, have a definitive, unexpected and satisfying conclusion that brings insight to the game’s curious title.
The game has a simple chunky 3D art style that is vibrant and bold with colour palettes to match. The dancing people are cute and smiling with a nice amount of variation in appearances and animations. The scenery is lush and sunny with players able to explore a village, a beach, and a cliffside amongst other locations. The music is upbeat and rhythmic and is made up mostly of percussion with a jolly melody played on what sounds like a marimba. It perfectly suits Pineapple on Pizza’s setting and visuals and helps to create the relaxed and cheerful atmosphere that makes up most of the game.
Pineapple on Pizza is a unique and highly enjoyable little walking simulator. Whilst the gameplay may be simple, the environments and NPCs are varied and interesting, offering a lot of reasons to fully explore. The art style is bold and colourful which, along with the upbeat music, adds to the laid-back and positive tone which in turn belies the wonderfully unanticipated finalé. There is a lot packed into this short experience and I highly recommend it to anyone with 15-20 minutes to spare!
A full playthrough of this game is available to watch on the Indie Hive YouTube channel:
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