The enemies in Jason Stark’s Ninja Pizza Girl could’ve been robots or aliens with laserguns, but thanks to his teenage daughters’ input, they’re far more scary. They’re other teenagers. In the game, players take on the role of Gemma, a 16-year-old delivering pizzas in a side-scrolling race by using parkour and acrobatic skills to traverse the terrain in style. Screw up, and other teenagers make fun of her. They hurl insults and generally become jerks. If it happens enough, Gemma gets depressed and color drains out of the world ending her run. In the Kickstarter, Stark describes how his idea for a simple platforming game became something else entirely.
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 to all the other teenagers around you is a nightmare.
Disparity Games is looking for $35,000 in pledge funding to launch Ninja Pizza Girl in March 2015 for PC, Mac, iOS and Android. Versions for consoles are being negotiated.