Naw, Weird Al wasn’t really involved with this, although a polka-flecked rhythm game that doubles as a parody of “Paperback Writer” would be pretty rad. Pizza Driver [Free] is a much more straightforward kind of game: You hold down anywhere on the screen to accelerate your bike, let go to jump, and tap again to execute a landing.

All the while, you’re racing against the clock, which delivers the game’s biggest challenge. The time limit is brutally short on each stage, and until you are able to rack up enough dollars (in-game ones) to upgrade, you should get used to seeing the first few stages over and over and over again.

Eventually you can buy continues, more hearts that will make getting hit by a car less of a big deal, and other things. But, unless you get incredibly impatient and want to pony up real dollars to buy fake ones for upgrades, you’re going to have to just put in the time and effort to earn your right to advance on.

Pizza Driver is a game that happily exists in the category of time-killer iPhone games, although there is a bit of a twist and motivation to keep slaving away at it: If you land the highest score for a 24-hour period, developer Krikoff will send a piping hot pie your way. I am not sure how it works, but the French studio insists they are “for real” about it, so I doubt they are lying. Nevertheless, the game’s official trailer explains all about this gimmick and they've even posted a short video of the first recipient of a free pizza.

It’s not an incredibly deep experience, although the smaller touches help it shine a little brighter. Things like the music fading and being obscured by air gusts when you’re up particularly high in the air, or the branching paths some levels offer (should you dip into the subway or stay topside?) show that Pizza Driver has some legs.

But for the time being, that’s all it has: legs. Some of the game’s best aspects are merely whispers that could be reinforced to become full-on shouts. As it is, though, it’s spread a little thin -- like so much tomato paste across a vast vista of butter-crust dough.

The game is cute and its fun lasts about as long as a pack of gum’s flavor, so, maybe it’s a blessing that it’s so gosh-darned hard. There’s something intangibly hooking about the game’s routine of collect-die-upgrade-try again. It’s nothing new, and it’s certainly been done slicker before -- Jetpack Joyride [Free] or Tiny Wings [$0.99 / $2.99 (HD)] come to mind -- but has just enough of a gimmick and twist to earn it a temporary spot, at least, on my iPhone menu.

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  • hellscaretaker

    If anyone really believe this trailer that you can win pizzas then you really really need to get out more

    • krikoff

      Hello, we are the Pizza Driver's game designers and the whole point of our game is to deliver a real pizza to our players. Every day we deliver the winner. It's been 7 days since we launched the game, and we delivered 7 pizzas, in USA (New York), France and Italy. When you win you receive a notification in the app and then you can send us your informations from the game (date, time, adress of the delivery, and of course the pizza toppings). We receive it and then we pay for the delivery. You have nothing else to do, and that's what we liked in this idea :) 
      And for the game itself an update is coming soon, 

      Regards

      Pizza Driver team 
      sorry for our English ;)

    • 1Fcm

      Ouch

  • VeganTnT

    So the random mention of Weird Al has what to do with the game? Nothing? Oh, well thank goodness it wasn't mentioned in the title or anything...

    • PersonaSpace

      Seriously. If Weird Al was actually involved I might actually look into what looks like an otherwise mediocre game.

    • ducksFANjason

      Lol yeah I kinda have to agree on that. If Weird Al has zero to do with this game, perhaps the title isn't the best place to make a joke about that.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/H2EAIQ2GJPYXL72AT3RIHKHUPM Supernatural

      Someone please take note how much demand there is for an actual Weird Al game.

Pizza Driver - You play, we deliver Reviewed by David Wolinsky on . Rating: 3.5