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The Pizza Delivery Boy Who Saved the World - Review

The Pizza Delivery Boy Who Saved the World is Oh, a Rock! Studios's sixth game in Steam. It is a slice of life visual novel with science fiction and thriller that uses photographs of different places, actors, and actresses to carry you through the story.

The protagonist is a pizza delivery boy named Doug Rivers (which can be customized by player) who works for Proud City Pizza. The joint is ran by a mean and demanding owner and a poorly motivated staff. Despite working under such conditions, a visit by a person from the future will change Doug's life forever.

It only takes a couple of hours to fully complete the game and to obtain all the endings and achievements, but it left a positive impression on me. The scriptwriter is quite imaginative delivering a funny story with a zany cast of characters. The story is a mix of comedy and suspense brought to life by the "real" photos used throughout. The expressions and poses really add to the comedy.

In terms of background music, it is average and simply fulfills the role of having it where needed, so nothing more needs to be said about this topic.

One thing that players might find frustrating though, is the Steam achievement that requires giving the protagonist a specific name after a famous American celebrity. Although there is a Steam community guide to help players obtain this achievement, the name is not mentioned anywhere in the game, nor are there any hints to help players guess the name but instead relies on your familiarity with Internet memes. This could be obvious for some, and maybe lost on others.

I found The Pizza Delivery Boy Who Saved the World to be a funny and entertaining slice of life, science fiction and thriller visual novel where the use of photographs really added to the humor. The story is a bit short providing only a few hours of content so it might be better to wait for a discount when the price is more proportional to the playing time.

Still, I do appreciate the fact that I found myself laughing out loud several times from the storyline and dialogue which doesn't have any crude words or fan service elements that many other visual novels use to achieve this result and just overall enjoyed my time with the game.

Therefore, I hope to see more funny and creative visual novels from this developer and publisher in future.

Initial gameplay on YouTube by Arglefumph: The Nancy Drew Dude

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For more reviews or funny visual novels, check the curator list in Visual novel, JRPG, Anime

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