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Cool Pizza

That’s Hot

Cool Pizza serves up a slice of sweet skateboard violence.

By Anthony John Agnello • October 5, 2012

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Cool Pizza is not, as you might expect, an offhand remark uttered after entering a room and finding a large pie with mushrooms on it. But it does capture the essence of that chill commentary. The iPhone is a sleek machine, and Cool Pizza feels like an extension of the device itself: clean, aggressive, and hip.

Calling back to arcade games like Space Harrier that have you endlessly rushing towards the horizon, you control what looks like the ghost of Aubrey Plaza riding a skateboard. Tilting the phone right or left steers your board, and lining up with a flashing ramp sends you up on the air. There are a mess of tentacled-eyeballs and bomb-dropping coffins trying to harsh your mellow ride, so, naturally, you bash their brains in. Tapping the screen while airborne swings your skateboard like a cudgel, and the satisfying crack it makes connecting with the white and pink beasts is motivation to do it all again.

The real trick is staying airborne. Killing a monster gives you a little boost, so you want to keep slamming them, upping your score as you rack up kills and unlock new powers, like an extra jump or a screen-clearing bomb. They add a few choices to an otherwise free-form existence.

Cool Pizza is fast gaming. Getting a higher score isn’t much of a motivator, but the push to discover new creatures and extend your sweet ride is enough of a driving force to keep your cool.

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