Pizza Possum's Hide-and-Treat Loop Is Cute But Uncompelling
First Published: April 1, 2023

All you can eat.

Janet Garcia

Pizza Possum is arcadey enjoyment with a bit of an Overcooked art style. You play as a possum who just wants to eat food without getting caught by the patrolling guard dogs. It’s basically hide-and-seek with a progression goal of getting higher up the town to get the big pizza. I played single-player at PAX East but was told local, cooperative co-op is in the works.

Published by Raw Fury and developed by Cozy Computer, Pizza Possum is a cute game with a simple stealth mechanic of hiding in bushes. The more you eat, the more points you earn. Points can be used to get buffs. One silly but useful powerup I had during my session was a drink that gave me a sprint. I’d spray the drink into my mouth and take off at lightning speed. Everything can be done by running and jumping, eating food is just a matter of running into it so you don’t have to worry about juggling too many mechanics.

If you eat too fast you get bloated and will move slowly for a short time. In general, you’re just a little guy zipping around. And there’s something nice about stuffing your face on a beach while avoiding the cops.

Other than eating you’re gonna want to grab keys to unlock gates and continue exploring the town. There are checkpoints throughout the level and each has an end when you reach that giant pizza. All levels are specifically crafted, not procedurally generated, so you can get to know the lay of the land if it ends up taking you a few tries.

There’s a simple delight to Pizza Possum but it’s nothing special based on my brief time with it. It feels arcadey to a fault, lacking the depth to make a full campaign interesting because the process of evading and getting keys isn’t exciting or varied enough. Pizza Possum isn't bad; it just wasn't that compelling.

Pizza Possom has a 2023 release window and will launch on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series S/X.