Introducing Ninja Pizza Girl on PS4

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Introducing Ninja Pizza Girl on PS4

Ninja Pizza Girl

Hello, I’m Jason Stark from Disparity Games. We’re a small studio that consists of me, my wife Nicole (we’re both AAA games industry veterans), and our 17-year-old daughter (not a AAA games industry veteran, but more talented than either of us). We live by the beach, work out of our kitchen, and make video games together.

Our latest project is Ninja Pizza Girl — a game about bullying, emotional resilience, and pizza-delivering ninjas. It takes place in the not-too-distant future where urban congestion has gotten so bad the only way to get a pizza across town in thirty minutes or less is to use underpaid teenage ninjas.

Ninja Pizza Girl is a fast-paced platformer about speed and flow, about big jumps and giant drops and yelling out “Woohoo!” It’s a game of freedom and fun for speed runners and platformer noobs alike. It’s also a game about Gemma, a sixteen-year-old girl trying to keep her dreams alive in face of the most merciless enemies known to any teenage girl — other teenagers.

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While most teenagers in Gemma’s world work for huge Pizza mega-corporations and wear officially sanctioned ninja uniforms, Gemma works for her Dad’s pizzeria and wears an outfit she made herself. Gemma starts the game an outsider, bringing all the issues that being an outsider entails.

Despite its unusual premise, Ninja Pizza Girl’s story is based on the real-life experiences of our two eldest daughters going through high school. Being a teenager is tough. Being a teenager that’s slightly different is a nightmare. Ninja Pizza Girl is about a girl running straight into those differences at breakneck speed and trying to survive.

This story runs deeply throughout the game design. Instead of tracking Gemma’s physical health, Ninja Pizza Girl tracks something far more relevant — her ability to deal with the crap life throws at her.

Hurting yourself in the game is annoying, but something that Gemma can deal with. Getting hurt in front of a bunch of your fellow ninja however, is a serious issue. The rival ninja all stop to laugh at her. Shadows lengthen and colors drain from the world.

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On the other hand, when Gemma’s spent some time running fast and landing smooth jumps, she gets in the zone. The world blooms with vivid colour and she runs like the wind. And running fast is essential when there’s pizza to be delivered!

Ninja Pizza Girl combines our love of old-school rhythm platformers with very real issues being faced by kids every day. Hopefully it will give people insight into a secret, shared world and the battles being fought all around us.

We’re super excited to be bringing Ninja Pizza Girl to PS4. Expect to see it running over rooftops early 2015.

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23 Comments

  • Hey Jason,

    This looks really fun. I hope to hear more as it get closer to release.

    I wanted to ask if you guys would consider on making “Dynamic Themes” and “Avatar Pictures” for the PS4. Your game would look cool displayed on everyone’s PS4.

    Cheers!!!

    Rob aka Graf

    P.S. Please keep posting info on the PS Blog as your game gets closer to launch, thanks.

  • Looks interesting. I’ll certainly check it out! Thanks for sharing your game with us today Jason! I love supporting small teams with more personal stories to their games.

  • Looks original. Awesome that it’s a family endeavor. Keep up the good work!!

  • Dragon age origins and 2 coming on sale anytime soon?

  • Sorry but give me a promise please don’t bring it to Vita,I’d rather to get it on my cell phone than my lovely Vita.

  • Greetings from NeoGAF. Will look forward to this!

  • Want to see video of this, I like the concept of family Indie game however real life problems of teenage girls seems somewhat of an unusual concept…tho that might make it good.

  • Looks Awesome! Can’t wait to see more of this!

  • Vita version please! This would work so well for the portable gamer.

  • Cool, a family of devs! Good luck on your first title. The premise and narrative sounds interesting.

  • Nice it looks fun…where did you got the idea of Ninjas delivering pizzas…Gintama?….haha pretty cool your team consists of your family,how nice is that?….

    I’m really interested in this game….the 4th screenshot has me really interested.Good job there.

  • We are finally one step closer to the rebirth of Samurai Pizza Cats.

  • Sounds very original! Looking forward to it!

  • Sounds very original…Oh wait (ninja+pizza = TMNT) lol

  • Somehow the name is Similar to that one show Samurai Pizza Cat .

  • You had me at “Pizza”.

  • man i’m buying this game just because the premise and idea and background story is so cool and to support this family’s creativity. well done man looking forward to checking it out. thanks!

  • I applaud you for the message being presented by this game, and that its a project being put together by a family, which gives special meaning to it being an independent project. Good luck and much success, I’ll keep my eyes out for it.

  • I had a play of this at PAXAus, it was a lot of fun!

    I’m really looking forward to it!

  • This is a cool looking game.

  • Hey Jason,

    Greetings from Game Insider, we can never have enough cool ninja titles mixed with some real life issues added to the equation. The story sounds quite interesting. We’re looking forward to seeing and hearing more about Ninja Pizza Girl.

    @ GrafUlrich88 – Great idea with the ‘Dynamic Themes and Avatar Pics’

  • If you make it for PS3 I’d buy it.

  • This sounds great! I can’t wait to play it. I love the “family business!”

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