A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Good Pizza, Great Pizza is a business simulator where you make and serve pizza to customers. The game won't expose kids to inappropriate content; it's a solo-player game, and they can't chat or email other people through the app. They can choose to watch commercials periodically to earn tips or spend real money for in-game currency, but the app doesn't throw a lot of random ads at kids as they play.
What's it about?
In GOOD PIZZA, GREAT PIZZA, players work to fill customers' orders quickly, and the orders get more complex each day. The more time they take, the more they risk customer satisfaction waning; players also have to balance the cost of ingredients and other expenses with what they're making and see detailed daily cost breakdowns. As you earn, you're able to add new toppings, equipment, and other items to your shop. A rival pizzeria owner, Alicante, shows up periodically to taunt you; you'll also see periodic updates on your progress from the humorous Pizza News Network.
Is it any good?
Players may enjoy putting together orders -- for a little while -- in this store management-based game, but it quickly becomes very repetitive. In Good Pizza, Great Pizza, customers order at the counter, and then players get to choose how much of each requested topping gets put on each pie. Players move pizzas through the process until they're boxed up and handed over, all the while watching a running tally of what ingredient use is costing them. The monetary aspect of the game is a nice touch; players not only watch spending and earning happen in real time, they also see a breakdown at the end of the day of overhead costs and how they relate to the pizzeria's profit. The app also provides tips to help players use ingredients wisely.
But the actual gameplay is pretty repetitive. Customers' orders get slightly more complex each day, but you're still moving through the same sauce-cheese-topping, bake-then-slice assembly line, which can get kind of boring. Also, there doesn't seem to be any real reward for getting orders right: Customers don't always appear to notice if you don't. Aside from putting pizzas together, and occasional updates from the Pizza News Network, there isn't much else to do. As a result, you might play Good Pizza, Great Pizza for a while, but the game can quickly become stale.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how to balance speed, quality, and making people happy -- three things players are supposed to do during Good Pizza, Great Pizza. Should you try to finish things fast, even if that means making some mistakes, or is it better to go slower and avoid errors?
What can kids do to avoid getting stressed when they're under pressure to finish something fast?
Customers sometimes say not-so-nice things when they get their pizza in the game. In real life, what's the best way to react to someone who hurts your feelings?
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