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Ninja Pizza Girl
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Description
Ninja Pizza Girl is the story of Gemma, a sixteen-year-old girl working as a pizza delivery girl in a cyberpunk dystopia. She lives in a world where slums teeter on top of skyscrapers, where powerful mega-corporations exploit the poor and where quality pizza is hard to come by. Gemma must fight to keep her ideals, her family and their business intact in face of the most merciless enemies known to any teenage girl – other teenagers.

Gameplay

Ninja Pizza Girl is a level-based platform game that draws inspiration from “Mirror’s Edge” and the Sega 16-bit classic “Sonic the Hedgehog. Its deeply-woven story explores bullying, emotional resilience and the importance of boundaries - themes of real relevance that are mostly ignored by the videogames industry.

Ninja Pizza Girl is a game that’s welcoming. We want people who have never tried a platform video game before, maybe never tried any sort of video game before to be able to play it and have fun. This is a game of joy and exhilaration, not a brutal exercise in masochism. This is a game that’s easy to enjoy but tough to master.

New players will find each level offers a forgiving experience of thrilling jumps and exhilarating falls while skilled players can optimise the selection of routes on offer to chase that perfect run.

This inclusive game style is achieved through multi-layered level design. If you miss a jump or fail a platform section, you'll fall down onto a path that will be slower and lower-scoring but also easier. This creates an experience that seamlessly adjusts to the player’s skill level while rewarding improvement. In addition, this approach produces deep game levels that are fun to replay and explore.

Emotional Resiliance

Sometimes the world is bright and full of colour. Sometimes it’s a grey world of shadow. But it’s not the world changing. It’s you.

Instead of tracking the player’s physical health, Ninja Pizza Girl tracks something far more relevant - your ability to deal with the crap life throws at you.

Hurting yourself in the game is annoying, but something that Gemma can deal with. Hurting yourself in front of a bunch of your fellow ninja however, is a serious issue. The rival ninja all stop to laugh at her. Shadows lengthen and colours drain from the world. If Gemma doesn't stop the ninjas laughing or run away in time she'll fall to her knees and give up. And giving up is something the player can ill-afford when there’s pizza to deliver.

On the other hand, when Gemma’s spent some time running fast and landing smooth jumps, she gets in the zone. The world blooms with vivid colour and she runs like wind.

Story

Despite its unusual premise, Ninja Pizza Girl’s story is based on the real-life experiences of our two eldest daughters going through High School. Being a teenager is tough. Being a teenager that’s slightly different to all the other teenagers around you is a nightmare.

Ninja Pizza Girl is a story about a girl running straight into those differences at breakneck speed and coming out the other side bruised, battered but proud and still defiantly herself.

This story is an integral part of the game design, directly inspiring many of the game's unique mechanics.

Our enemies are a great example of this. Even though they're wearing ninja outfits, they're teenagers just like the main character. But instead of working for their Dad, they work for a “cool” Megacorporation. When they attack you, they don’t cut you in half or shoot you in the face. They trip you, mock you and throw garbage at you. They film your humiliation and post it on the internet. They're bullies and when you've been knocked over and a bunch of them are laughing at you – you feel bullied.

We've watched people play our game and seen that this real-world inspiration produces an emotional impact way stronger than buckets of blood and gore.
109 Comments
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Luigi Rocks 5 hours ago 
ban mwiedmaier27 plz
mwiedmaier27 5 hours ago 
I would play it. I would not buy it you jews.
Disparity Games  [author] 10 hours ago 
We're working hard to make sure the levels have a ton of variety and you can check out the controls in the latest demo now - http://www.indiedb.com/games/ninja-pizza-girl/downloads/ninja-pizza-girl-kickstarter-demo-12 - we think they're pretty solid. What do you think?
-/[AvD]\- Delta 16 hours ago 
I just read "Ninja" and "Pizza" :3

But if the level design has some variation and the controlls are good, it will be a nice little game.
kerogers 18 hours ago 
Looks fun! Voting!
turb 20 hours ago 
Too bad those Ninja Girls are only 16...
razielhm 21 hours ago 
theme original!!!!
Disparity Games  [author] Jul 20 @ 4:52pm 
Thanks for all the feedback guys! For those pointing out issues with the character animation / movement the latest demo has some improvements and we're looking at more fixes right now.
[NoSuave r+] LanLan Jul 20 @ 11:35am 
Cool !!!!
Shunka Shuutou Jul 20 @ 1:18am 
Looks really nice!