February 25, 2007

Little Caesars Fractions Pizza

You might think that fast food marketing tie-in video games couldn’t get anymore absurd than the Taco Bell Tek Kids Flash-Ops games, or perhaps the Burger King Xbox/360 trio of games. But try this on for size: A Little Caesars Pizza-based game for the purpose of teaching fractions. Perhaps even stranger, though, is the fact that the sleeve in which Little Caesars Fractions Pizza is packaged actually labels it as a demo disc. My suspicion is that this demo was given away free with pizzas during some promotional period and the full version was available from Panasonic’s PanaKids division. The only record of the full version that I can find is this cover art picture.


Little Caesars Fractions Pizza -- Main Menu

The above depicts the main menu of the game. It’s sort of a futuristic pizza service operated by dinosaurs. Just work with it. You are enlisted as a new hire after a brief screening process where you demonstrate that you can identify which pizza out of a selection of four represents 5/8 of a pizza. The staff informs you that you have a lot of pizza to deliver to various time periods. However, in this demo, you only have access to the Triassic Park period. So you accept this assignment. When you arrive in your time machine to deliver the Hot-N-Ready food items (Little Caesars trademark marketing campaign), the cavepeople see fit to give you a brief education about fractional equivalence. You would be content to just collect your tip and move on to the next time period, but no. The cavepeople spell it out for you with rap.

And just for that, I have finally seen fit to post actual music on this blog:


Apple iTunes MPEG-4 Audio Icon
Little Caesars Fractions Pizza — Caveman Pizza Fractions Rap, 1.23 MB, MPEG-4 AAC (.m4a) file

In fact, there are many fully-produced songs on this CD in redbook CD audio format.

After the rap, many of the cavemen disband, presumably to enjoy pizza. One early specimen of a woman remains behind to school me, man from the future, about fractions. In the process, she makes me work for my tip. In the following game, she gives you a goal such as “less than 3 and 5/6″. Then, a number of creatures walk, crawl, and fly through the screen holding fractions. You must use your slingshot to hit the fractions that match up with the given spec. The things a pizza delivery boy will do for a living.


Little Caesars Fractions Pizza -- Triassic Park Fractions Game

Back at base, there is also an arcade game that you can play using your tip money. It’s called Tails and it’s a Nibbles-type game. The game gives you a mission to collect the fractions that are equal, less than, or greater than a given fraction. Hit a fraction that doesn’t match up, or a barrier, or your tail, and lose a snake. When you consume a qualified fraction, your tail grows.


Little Caesars Fractions Pizza -- Tails Game

A curious facet of this variation is the addition of the scissors icon. I haven’t seen anything similar in other Nibbles-type games. The scissors cut your tail in half.

Here are some of the pizzas I was assigned to deliver in the game:

  • cheese, cheese, and extra cheese pizza
  • pineapple and mosquito pizza
  • popcorn and jellybeans pizza

Did Little Caesars sign off on this game? I can’t say I was exactly hungry for pizza, especially after the mosquito mention. Or maybe that’s actually part of their menu; I don’t know. The last time I remember having Little Caesars was in 1996 which predates the copyright on this game by 2 years.

Another curious feature is the janitor’s closet off the main menu which leads to the parents’ and teachers’ access control. It’s password protected. No worries since one of the dinosaurs pops up to tell you that the password is ‘access’. The control panel allows configuration of certain gameplay options and allows account management. I’m surprised it didn’t also allow changing the password. Perhaps that’s in the full version.

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  1. Hi. Do you have the song that goes “A whole can be devide or united…it’s missing nothing, everything is there inside it…and when that number up above is equal to below…the fraction that you have is always equal to a whole.”

    Comment by Karen — October 23, 2007 @ 11:22 pm

  2. As a matter of fact, that tune does seem to be on the CD.

    Comment by Multimedia Mike — October 24, 2007 @ 10:02 pm

  3. hello, i was wondering if this game was related to the game of similar looks that has the one song that goes: “…the steps you take and the choices you make…put it all together and give it your best…”. The game was a music studio i believe and i cant find any record of its existance despite detailed memory and recount of this game.

    Comment by Dear God — November 17, 2007 @ 7:31 pm

  4. Try to remember a few more details. I just search for random old games; no special patterns. Do you think it was made by the same development house as this game?

    Comment by Multimedia Mike — November 17, 2007 @ 8:29 pm

  5. Yeah, I found the name of the game after an astounding 4 years of searching; it’s called Multiplication Tour with Mike and Spike. It has the same characters and stuff, but i cannot find it anywhere. If you search the game on Google, you get one website that recognizes it for real, but it was last updated in 1997 and has since expired. If anyone has heard of this game or has anyway of ordering it PLEASE let me know!
    Thanks

    Comment by Dear God — November 24, 2007 @ 1:52 pm

  6. Cool. I have another rare game to hunt for.

    Comment by Multimedia Mike — November 24, 2007 @ 2:19 pm

  7. I guess its all the Mc donalds proven marketing tests of getting the kids in the restaurant
    The kid’s preferences are often what rule the day and determine the choice of restaurant – its pizza in this case

    Comment by Pembina Place Pizza — September 8, 2008 @ 8:17 pm

  8. good and amazing

    ahmed samarah

    Comment by Anonymous — February 11, 2009 @ 5:35 am

  9. I think it is awsome!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous — March 14, 2009 @ 6:14 am

  10. A friend of mine was talking about this just a few days ago. I looks like a good game.

    Comment by Simon — September 1, 2009 @ 5:45 pm

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