Galacticon is the New Arcade Style Indie Game I Tried

Today, I’m taking a look at the soon-to-be-released, arcade-style title Galacticon from developer Radin Games. It’s similar in style to 1980s arcade games like Defender, Joust, and Jetpac. You might be familiar with some of these from the book Ready Player One; and maybe the film, but I can’t remember, although I know Joust featured prominently in the book. I sat down with the space-themed preview they provided and honestly got really into… Read the rest

Wow, The Graphics Here Are Really High Resolution – An Essay

This is a personal essay that I just felt like posting.I highly encourage you to occasionally take a trip to reality. Leave your game inventory behind and enjoy the mana potions of life. I don’t know why I’m writing this. It’s sort of out of place. But if I deleted it, I’d be a hypocrite. And I feel the need to explain why I’ve been missing for the past month. The Deep Sea… Read the rest

Dev Tech: GoDot Tilemap Tips You Need Now

Let’s talk about Godot tilemaps. Have you ever played a 2D platformer or Metroidvania and wanted to know how it is made? Maybe you are already making one. I’m back for another insight into the cryptic, enigmatic, secretive, open-source world of indie game development. Tongue-in-cheek there. But I am reaching out to you devs out there to talk about some very useful primary knowledge in Godot TileMaps! Particularly beginners. Before You Start This… Read the rest

Browsing ItchIO Games is The Best Way to Find New & Interesting Indies

Welcome to my quick guide and intro to downloading an ItchIO Game, and what the advantages of the ItchIO platform are for indie gamers. When I first started this site I really had a rather limited knowledge about indie games or where to find them. A college friend once scolded me for investing so much time into video games, when I could, as he put it, make a game! I didn’t realize that… Read the rest

Best of Ancient Aliens on DVD is What I Watched Today

Well, howdy, friend. I suppose you reckoned I’d done gone and disappeared in a seamless maelstrom deep in the great sea. Well, I haven’t. I am back from my unexcused absence, and we’re going to be doing some things differently. Before I continue, let me just clarify, that’s right I am reviewing Best of Ancient Aliens, the History Channel show. It is not an indie game, it is not even a game at… Read the rest

Space Games & Casual Blog Stuff ๐Ÿ•

When I first started blogging in a format similar to this, it was probably a decade ago on a very short-lived Blogspot that I abandoned after the purpose it served was fulfilled. I really wanted to start this specific blog to rekindle that sensation, the writing part that is. I’ve figured out that I can write about games nonstop and if I really want people to read more, it’s not that hard. At… Read the rest

Half Past Fate is the Best Distanced Romance Sim Out

Half Past Fate: Romantic Distance is a visual novel about dating during the pandemic. It is out as of February 2021. The story revolves around a mutual interest involving a young man and his broken laptop named Stephen and a clerk at a computer repair shop named Robin. Soon after they meet, the city goes into lockdown because of the pandemic. They try to make it work using video dating for multiple months… Read the rest

The Character Creator is a Free Tool For World Building

I talked earlier today about using character creators for game creation, particularly for a visual novel. I went on a hunt, first on Itch.IO, but then on Google. It took me less than a minute to find a free 2D character creator to work as a visual novel character maker. Here is a video of it in use. I trimmed the video so you didn’t have to do a click-play to a full… Read the rest

Visual Novel Dev Resources (PizzaPost) ๐Ÿ•

I’ll just share a few moments with you and drop the beat on some visual novel dev stuff. I’m having a lot of fun with these Browser games on Itch.IO. Just open the link and play, it’s a good format. This morning I tried one called “This Is Your Life Now.” It’s a simple sidescroller where you play a character from birth to old age. As you progress along the platform to the… Read the rest

PizzaPost: More Personal Posts; “Cactus Mayhem” ๐Ÿ•

Greetings, friends! Welcome to this introductory post about a new posting format on MrDavePizza. I currently need a more efficient type of post to use this site as a writing outlet as it was originally intended. I will write for about 30 minutes and include a gameplay video with a description in this new format I am calling PizzaPost. Most of these posts will focus on a variety of topics including but not… Read the rest

Balloon o Mania is a Free Indie Hidden Gem

I have been attempting to perfect my gentleman speak for like over a decade now. It’s a lost cause. What I do know, however, is that I am a video game blogger and not Lord Alfred Tennyson. I’ll do my best not to too scuff your wingtips, Oxfords, Mary Janes, Pumas, Jordans, or other fancy footwear. Have you ever watched Antiques Road Show? Edify yourself, it’s on PBS and started in Britain. Lots… Read the rest

Cloudpunk is A Game That Deserves Reward For What it Has Accomplished

The way games roll out in relation to cult themes these days feel like popping a bean bag chair full of glitter. Shiny and colorful, but spreading everywhere. Cloudpunk IS DEFINITELY a cyberpunk game. Life exists in an oppressively technological Babylon run by criminal overlords and the rebellious underdogs to send it tumbling–not always in an obvious way either. Of course, Cloudpunk is massive, and I have no idea how long it takes… Read the rest

Lasagna Boy is Weird and Scary But Really, Really, Hilarious

“HEADS UP,” Moderately creepy imagery is in Lasagna Boy, this will be my only warning. I don’t generally review horror games, but Lasagna Boy made me laugh, and then, it intrigued me. It merits analysis based on absurdity alone but also on design. I also personally understand people like illustrating and drawing creepy monsters because… well, it’s fun! Why not throw in a third or fourth eyeball here and there? We’ve been doing… Read the rest

Art of Rally and My First and New Impressions

Somewhere in my past, I played an awesome rally game that came fully loaded with mud-flapping corners and virtually no control over anything. I also know that these aren’t a grapevine of hits in the racing genre, but rather a genre unto itself. That said, I had no idea before Art of Rally that rally races have a rich aesthetic history that looks darn fine low-poly rendered on a computer screen. Okay, let’s… Read the rest

5 Cool Indie Switch Games in 2021

I’ve been meditating on a few game on my Switch that I simply didn’t have a lot to say about but that I enjoyed playing. I recorded some gameplay and present it to you here with some short thoughts on some good, even popular, but fully engrossing with no absolution for full-length articles. So, as you my guess, you’re in for a treat. (P.S. The numerical order of the games has no significance… Read the rest

Metaverse Keeper is a Little Hidden Gem on Nintendo Switch

It occurred to me today, as it does every day here in the Pizza Command Center, that I don’t quite know what my ethos is. And then it occurred to me during my game session with Metaverse Keeper that while most of my reviews are very clean, combined with my own yearn, my own challenge to write about these games and why I’m playing aren’t necessarily clear. So, to clear this up, this… Read the rest

5 Great Itch.IO Games to Try

I recently, officially delved into a world which is mysterious yet intriguing on the game review front to me. That world is Itch.io. If you are unfamiliar with this website, it is an all inclusive community of solo-dev and indie dev game projects. It’s got everything from free games to digital game building resources. It’s also host to some pretty weird stuff, and I’m okay with that, because there is so much creative… Read the rest

Android Games I Found Out About on Twitter!

Alright, people, it’s time to adore some Free Android games. I suppose I should have anticipated this but I’ve had a good chunk of people on Twitter asking if I’d check out their game. Some just have it linked on their profile so that works too. So, I wanted to not be a flake though and check some out. Here are some Android games (also known as Google Play) from the people, cats,… Read the rest

#indiegamedev AWESOME #1: Getting Started

Welcome to this fabulous new journey you’ve been initiated into in my new section dedicated to indie game development, #indiegamedev Awesome! You might remember me from articles such as Never Heard of That or Been There Done That. Okay, those aren’t real articles, and I’m not Troy McClure, but I’m going to give this my best shot. This is a weird subject for me. The whole indie game development topic, not just this… Read the rest

Yoshi’s Crafted World is A Beautiful Cardboard Dream

I had to remember how to play this game, but once I did I remembered how carefree it is to play this game, a nice array of forgiving obstacles and high attention to detail in its very particular artistic style. I meant to write something about it a while ago, but I kept overthinking it. Today I have some videos, screenshots, and seasoned thoughts on Yoshi’s Crafted World. What is Yoshi’s Crafted World?… Read the rest

Knights and Bikes is the Best Game About Adventure & Imagination

I knew when I read the description of Knights and Bikes on the Nintendo eShop page, and the bounty of awards adorning it, that this was probably going to be pretty cool. It explores some great themes like imagination, curiosity, and adventure. Also, it’s about finding those adventures in a place you don’t need to journey far to find. I’ll be exploring some of these topics in my experience with Knights and Bikes,… Read the rest

A Bird Story is a Classic Indie You Need to Know About Now

A Bird Story is an indie game title from Freebird Games, a game studio that is led by Kan (Reives) Gao. I’ll just post this link to their website right here. This game came out in 2014. It’s the first in a roster of game titles from FreeBird that encapsulates pleasant illustration and crafty story development. This one in particular is about a young boy who rescues an injured bird in the forest… Read the rest

Nintendo Switch Review: Is it Worth It?

I read a headline today that said that, this holiday season, the Nintendo Switch outsold XBox and Playstation 4-1. The Switch is a nice candidate for such a purchase, since it is about $200 cheaper than the next gen console alternatives, but there are some other advantages as well besides price. Recently, I talked about how the Wii U made me re-enter the world of gaming and this site earlier this year. What… Read the rest

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is the Best LEGO Marvel Game

The subtitle “It’s All Here” says it all. I’ve tried a few Marvel games over the years, and I’ve seen a good handful of the movies. Never really delved into the comics, but I feel they are well represented in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2. I went into this game thinking maybe it’d be isolated to Avengers characters without much divergence. There are PLENTY of Marvel Heroes in this game though, and you’ll… Read the rest