Pizza Tower

Pizza Tower

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About

Pizza Tower is a 2023 Wario Land inspired high speed action-platformer by Indie developer Tour De Pizza on Steam. It is known for having a 1990's cartoon art style resembling MS paint, a soundtrack full of 16-bit instrumentation and funk/hip-hop sampling, immensely over the top Boss Battles and NPCs, and featuring Mort the Chicken from the titular PS1 game. It follows Peppino, a severely depressed and mentally unstable Italian chef (and his fellow chef companion Gustavo) who's trying to stop his already failing Pizzeria from being completely run out of business by the antagonistic forces of the Tower.

Origin

On March 13th, 2018, a comic artist known as Mcpig uploaded initial sketches and ideas for "The Leaning Tower of Pizza" to his 'weinerdontusedrugs[1]' page on Tumblr, explaining core mechanics and detailing his thought process. On April 25th, 2018[2] this was expanded upon, with him also displaying some of the sprites and character designs made. It took ideas from a previously scrapped idea called 'Pizza Massacre', which was about a chef being transported to a nightmare world where he has to battle pizza creatures. Said chef later became the 'Peppino Spaghetti' character.


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On October 4th, 2018, the developer uploaded test footage of the cancelled 'Pizza Massacre' game on YouTube[3].



Pizza Tower would have quite a few crossovers with different indie games as well as mods for other games, such as Rivals of Aether, Sonic Robo Blast Kart 2, DOOM 2 and Mega Man 8-bit Deathmatch, some made by Mcpig himself.


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Fan Community

In 2019, the game would release four public demos, the most prominent coming out on that year's SAGE and leading to a large rise in its' notoriety. Vinny of Vinesauce and 'Roegame' both did playthroughs of each demo, while 'hotcyder' covered it in a video about 'wario-likes'. The most popular video prior to it's release was June 12, 2019's Pizza Pootis, a TF2 fan short very heavily stylized after it, which already sat at over 3 million views by that point.



Every build after 2019 was released via the game's Patreon, allowing access to things such as a level editor and more for $5 a month donations. Donators were later added to the game as 'Pizzasonas', appearing in the 'secret' segments.



The creator often made development streams on Twitch and would interact with fans through his chat. Thanks to that, Pizza Tower grew a large following that was fond of emulating the game's distinctiveness through fan content like meme edits, art, music, mods, and even fully fledged fan games, all years before the eventual release. The most popular example is an AU known as Sugary Spire [4], which would release a full public test demo on May 14th, 2022 despite intially being cancelled. Another well known project is 'Pizza Tower Repainted', a reskin mod with a rather controversial history (The video shown for it below has over 69,000 views as of May 16, 2023).

Pizza Tower had an official discord server with a lot of commonly used in-jokes. However, it was eventually shut-down in March of 2023. It also has both a serious fan wiki and a joke one.

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On October 13, 2022, the Good Eatin' Collab, a long awaited Newgrounds fan event revolving around the game's golf level and it's official theme music of the same name, was finally released.



Release

Pizza Tower finally came out on January 26th, 2023 for $20 in the US. It was initially set for much higher prices outside of there by accident, but the fandom still joked that it would sell a "Pizillion" copies, echoing Morbillion of Morbius fame.



Asmosnos @Milkypups pizza tower is gonna sell 30 pizillion copies and im all here for it ***


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Parody

A large part of the game's popularity is owed to its' many comedic homages to other media. This can be seen best with things like the taunt mechanic.


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There's also 'The Noise', who is Peppino's rival, one of its' most popular characters, and clear a parody of The Noid from Dominos Pizza.



The joke character 'Snick the Porcupine', a parody of Sonic The Hedgehog and Sonic.exe, made his only appearance in the SAGE demo, and prominently pops up in fan content. He is popular to the point that countless fans asked for him to return, much to the developer's annoyance.



Sometimes even entire levels are a punchline, with the biggest example being 'Don't make a sound', loosely based on Five Nights at Freddy's.

Summitsphere

The creator of Pizza Tower tends to interact a lot with Summitsphere, the creator of another "wario-like" that has been in development around the same time known as AntonBlast / AntonBall Deluxe, with both having done crossover material. Both of their fandoms get along with each other well. Sometimes the Summitsphere Twitter account will post a joke image of their protagonist, Dynamite Anton, making out with Peppino (shown below).



Pizza Tower Special Guest Fanart

Many fans were utterly baffled by the 'Fun Farm' level's inclusion of an official crossover with an actual, preexisting, and obscure character named Mort the Chicken, who the developers had gotten full permission to use without any royalties from creator Ed Annunziata, and appears as an assist. It even goes as far as to including a hidden 'Mort cube'. This would eventually lead to many artists coming up with their own concepts for Pizza Tower crossovers.

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Lario

Lario is a Pizza Tower meme format that shows three characters stylized after the 'Gnome Forest' level's title card set to a mash-up of Young Thug's Superstar"" x Kevin MacLeod's "Sneaky Snitch" and captioned "Lario". It was originally uploaded to TikTok in October 2022, then got popular on sites like YouTube and Twitter in February 2023, receiving several edits, redraws, and remixes.



Various Examples


ITALIAN MAN YELLS AT PIZZA Mitch Cream PIPPINO EVS THE KING MUKRING Ten more Pizzas!! 034 Well. ok..... NEW MENU 4. Garlic Pizza It's garlic Pizza, but there's not! enough garlic! what the hell is this Pizza...? PIZZA TOWER HAS THE MOST IN COMMON WITH WARIO LAND PIZZA TOWER HAS THE MOST IN COMMON WITH SONIC GAMES PIZZA TOWER HAS THE MOST IN COMMON WITH CELESTE PIZZA TOWER HAS THE MOST IN COMMON WITH ULTRAKILL PIZZA TOWER HAS THE MOST IN COMMON WITH PIZZA POP

Search Interest

External References

[1] Tumblr – Concepts

[2] Tumblr – Peppino

[3] YouTube – McPig

[4] YouTube – Sugary Spire

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IT'S DONE. IT'S FINALLY DONE. IT FELT LIKE IT TOOK ME A MILLION YEARS TO DO THIS. I AM COMPLETELY WORN OUT.

anyways this game is peak fiction i know people will call anything peak fiction these days but this is ACTUAL peak fiction

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LastAngryWrestleman
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I love how Peppino ends up the same end point as Wario (mustachioed Italian(?) barrelling through enemies) but are completely different character wise.

Wario is an arrogant and confident "treasure hunter"/game company CEO whereas Peppino, as a chef and small business owner threatened with oblivion, is a nervous wreck who's constantly a hair away from snapping.

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