LGR – Pizza Worm – DOS PC Game Review

LGR – Pizza Worm – DOS PC Game Review


[typing] You know, there’s just some
foods that go together naturally, like they’re made for each other. Chips and dip. Bacon and eggs. Bread and butter. Pizza… and worms! Mmm, yes. Pizza Worm. This is a freeware game from 1994 developed by Sami Lehtinen from Finland and released under the name Zorlim Software. It was actually his only completed game, as he previously worked on a clone
of Rhett Anderson’s Arcade Volleyball, succinctly titled Zorlim’s Arcade Volleyball, but that never actually left
the beta stage of production. Pizza Worm, however,
left all kinds of stages of production, and was actually updated as recently as 2007. Not sure if it’s official or not, but there is definitely a version from
then that is a little more improved. It’s pretty much a Snake clone,
before Snake was even a thing. So I guess more accurately
you could call it a Nibbles clone, and by that, I mean you’re a snake. Or rather a green worm, in this case, that goes around eating things and
getting longer with each thing eaten. If you run into something that isn’t food, you scream and it’s game over in quite the spectacularly bloody fashion. [echoing scream] Or maybe it’s pizza sauce. But you know, that’s boring.
I always like thinking of it as blood and gore because I was a teenager when I played this. Yes, this was one of those games
I played endlessly in high school, before the age of any kind of decent cell phones that could keep you occupied during class. Or more specifically, study hall. Mmm. When I think of study hall games,
this one exemplifies that perfectly. You see, back then, there was a computer class I took where the teacher actually put me in charge of building and setting up and installing all the
DOS and Windows 95 computers around the school. And me being a DOS gamer
with tons of responsibility, I always carried around a
few floppies in my book bag, filled with random freeware and
shareware titles to quote-unquote “test” my freshly-built DOS machines. And, you know, because I was a cool guy, I hid the games on a subfolder on the C drive and let my friends know where to find them. That way, whenever someone had a
study hall, or just wanted to screw around while the teacher was facing the other way, they could play a game instead
of having to do something dumb like schoolwork or paying attention. Yeah, I was a great influence like that. Anything to help out my fellow classmates. Anyway, Pizza Worm was one of those games that I always installed on those machines, and there’s a good reason for that. It’s freaking Pizza freaking Worm. You’re a worm that eats pizza and explodes in a gory mess when he dies. What else do you need? You DON’T need. But even still, ugh, there’s more. I mean, he even has things to
say when he partakes of a pie, which is really a step beyond for a Nibbles clone. [worm]
“Yum!” I still say “yum” like that sometimes. That’s the kind of effect this game had on me. It also made me appreciate turning in circles, because you can turn in circles in
this game, and that’s kind of amazing. Like, how many other games like this can
you just change directions in any which way and not have to rely on 90-degree angles? I wasn’t aware of any back then, that’s for sure. And as such, it changed my life. It really does give the game
a unique spin, so to speak, and there’s something bizarrely addictive
about making all these swirly patterns on your goal for total pizza domination. And if you wanted to,
you could even play against a friend, which meant you could play against a friend, and that is quite friendly. But I never did that because my friends wanted to play it all alone. Because they hogged the computers that I so
graciously built and installed games on them. That’s, uh… that’s high school for you. But, you know, whatever. Pizza Worm… is lovely. I like this game because, man, I just do. I-I can’t tell you why. Maybe–
maybe it’s the silly Zorlim’s Pizzeria in the background. I always wondered what the heck is on those menus. Things for worms to eat? You know, like, dirt? Maybe apples. Oh, no! I guess not. Apparently, pizza. Worms like pizza. Who knew? I know. I know now. I’ve always known
because of Pizza Worm. Thank you, Zorlim Software, for making everything better with Pizza Worm. Want more worms in your videos? Or references to things in high school that don’t matter? Well, there’s more videos here that probably don’t have either one of those,
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