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Pizza Tycoon is a strategy game where you are an aspiring pizza chef, who wants to start the best pizza chain in the world. You begin by choosing a character you want to be (they differ in appearance and abilities, but the most important factor is the amount of money they have at the start).

Then you choose one of the cities in the USA or Europe, where you will rent the building that will become your first pizza restaurant. Before you open it, however, you have to buy furniture, decor and floors (there's a huge choice); hire some cooks and waiters; add some pizzas to your menu, and buy ingredients (you can buy at various shops, which offer various quality of the ingredients). Once this is all ready, you can open your first restaurant and then advertise it via fliers, billboards, newspaper or TV ads.

Creating your own pizzas, either to include into your menu or to take part in pizza-making competitions, is an important part of the game. You begin with an empty dough, and you're free to add a lot of various vegetables, meat, fruits or herb onto it. Remember that various people like various ingredients - if your restaurant is in a district populated mostly by kids, you can expect that a pizza made of sweet things will be popular. Also, specific ingredients rise and fall in popularity; if the newspaper announces that pineapples are bad for health, then sales of your Pineapple Pizza might plummet!

But while earning money as a honest citizen can be fun, it's even more exciting to get involved with the Underworld and buy weapons to devastate your competitor's restaurant, or do missions for the Mafia (which usually involve picking up something at a specific place at a specific time, and bringing it somewhere else at a different time). But beware, as this can bring you problems, either from the law or from the Mafia itself.


Pizza Tycoon DOS Visiting the bank.
Pizza Tycoon DOS Flyers
Pizza Tycoon DOS Business is good.
Pizza Tycoon DOS Select City

Promo Images

Pizza Tycoon Magazine Advertisement Part 1
Pizza Tycoon Magazine Advertisement Part 2
Pizza Tycoon Screenshot
Pizza Tycoon Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Pizza Connection" -- European title

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User Reviews

Cowabunga! Joakim Kihlman (275) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars

Critic Reviews

MikroBitti Apr, 1995 90 out of 100 90
PC Joker Mar, 1994 88 out of 100 88
Joystick (French) Mar, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Power Play Aug, 1994 82 out of 100 82
Pelit May, 1995 77 out of 100 77
Gameplay (Benelux) Apr, 1995 70 out of 100 70
PC Format (UK) Dec, 1995 70 out of 100 70
PC Player (Germany) Aug, 1994 65 out of 100 65
The Retro Spirit Dec 19, 2014 3 out of 6 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jul, 1995 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20


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Amiga version

Although the English version was reviewed by British magazines and the pictures contained English texts (CU Amiga (June 1995) and The One #80), no English version was ever officially released. The game for Amiga is available only in German language.

Art style

The original European version, Pizza Connection, features a lot of characters drawn in the style of the cartoonist Don Martin (known from the MAD magazine). However, when Microprose licensed the game for the US release, they wished to avoid a lawsuit and so had their artists draw new heads for all these characters. Most of the new head graphics were created by the artist Terry Greer. They include caricatures of famous people, such as Abraham Lincoln or Ronald Reagan, as well as more bizarre faces such as an alien or a fly. The entire collection of the new heads can be viewed on Terry Greer's website.

Life insurance

Life Insurance is completely useless. You can't die in the game, and even if you could, once the game is ended, you have no heirs to receive the cash.


After one year and two years respective playing, new stock companies are introduced to the game.


  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1995 – Best Simulation in 1994 (Readers' Vote)
  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #34 Worst Game of All Time
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) –#15 Worst Back Story of All Time

Title theme

The intro tune is taken from "Škoda lásky", better known in the English-speaking world as "Beer Barrel Polka".

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Julian McKenzie (182) added Pizza Tycoon (DOS) on Jun 28, 2000
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