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Chaotic Moon demos the Pizza Hut App

As we reported earlier, the official Pizza Hut app launched today. It’s got all the features you could want from such an app like finding local stores, viewing their full menus, and checking out with or without an account.

A short while ago, WPCentral sat down with Matthew McCabe, Senior Project Manager at Chaotic Moon Studios, to preview the Pizza Hut app. Chaotic Moon is responsible for a wide variety of official apps on Windows Phone, including the Best Buy, Groupon, and Betty Crocker apps. We wanted to show you the video a little sooner, but permission came later than anicipated. Better late than never!

The Pizza Hut app is free and you can download it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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microhaxo#WP says:

Lmao, this looks like it was conducted in a jail. White room, and a guy in a bright orange uniform with tattoos everywhere..

Paul Acevedo says:

Trust me, their office is orders of magnitude nicer than a prison. :-D

starblade876 says:

What's behind him? It looks like a monitor, but it seems transparent.

mrmccabe says:

That is called "Austin business casual" ;)

Paul Acevedo says:

I thought you dressed fine!

River Fox says:

Great app, nice tattoo :-)

MannLou says:

Pizza ordering apps kill me. Why can't we call a person?

TiLoBrown says:

Last time I tried that I got hung up on. Funny story, when I decided to just order it online, a friend from HS was the one giving me my order. He apologized for hanging up, and said sometimes they just dont feel like working the phone.

MannLou says:

I hear ya but I'm sticking to the Windows Phone ideal of just getting something done and moving on. There's a weird balance of having "apps for everything" and looking for the easiest way to order a pizza. I'd imagine talking to someone for a few minutes would simple enough. I'm sure it's just me, the app looks fine enough. I remember ordering a pizza on an iPhone app and then realizing I had to pick it up - they wouldn't deliver it because it was done through the app. That made me realize some things don't need apps - granted this was likely user error but still I think the person on the phone would have told me the deal as opposed to me missing a check box or something.just saying...

1jaxstate1 says:

I agree. There really don't need to be an app for ish like this.

starblade876 says:

There are occasionally online-only or take-out-only deals. Anyway, when you order by phone or in-person, you're taking up 2 people's time during your decision-making process, yours and the employee's. When you're ordering online or through the app, you're only taking up your time. Additionally, you could always become proficient at the app or the website to reduce your time on it, whereas an employee could always misunderstand or not hear you or you forget what they have on their menu and you have to ask them to tell you. Besides all that, ordering electronically allows you to see the total price and edit easily if you needed.In other words, I disagree with you and think it's far more efficient ordering through their website or app.

Paul Acevedo says:

Ordering online can be far more convenient. You can browse and edit the order at your leisure instead of holding up an employee's time. Plus nobody puts *you* on hold while placing the order.

dwd3885 says:

How to know your phone OS needs more compelling apps: A hardcore phone blog site takes an 'in-depth' look at a pizza app.

Paul Acevedo says:

Nobody said it was earth-shattering news. I was simply in town and that's what they had to show me. :P

ymala1 says:

Hey, don't let the haters get to you. I enjoyed this review, unlikely Pizza Hut around these parts will do this anytime soon, so it's cool to see what I'm missing out on :p One of the things I like about WPcentral the most, pretty much everytime I drop by, there's something new. This site gets updates like crazy, which is awesome :)

Paul Acevedo says:

Thanks man! We're lucky to have some great readers.

dwd3885 says:

I didn't mean to hate. I'm just saying I wish more and more big name devs bring their apps over to Windows Phone. I hope there is a day where a pizza app is not big news. Ya know what I'm saying?

laserfloyd says:

Agreed. Not nearly enough **** apps. ;)

TiLoBrown says:

Can you get them to make a Best Buy Reward Zone app?!

icthusman1 says:

Why? Their current Best Buy app is awful and doesn't work well at all. Why would we want another broken Best Buy app from them?

TiLoBrown says:

So when I pop in to the story and dont have my coupon on me.

There's an app in the Marketplace called CardStar that may be what you're looking for. Stores info for all loyalty, reward and club membership cards. Gets pretty good reviews. Maybe that'll work for you?

Kon-Aitor says:

You can't even place an order and pickup in store from the App. WTF!!

Paul Acevedo says:

I thought he demonstrated how to do that in the video...

SEKKDS says:

To note:I am liking the app so far, it's cool. However......!!Unless I just do not know how to do it and am missing something, I see a problem. Once I have created my pizza, and put it in my "add item" basket, it takes me to my order summary. From there, it lists the pizza, and the cost, but there is no way from here to either go back and/or alter the pizza I just created with the app. I also see no option to remove the pizza altogether from my order, perhaps to start over with my order.Anybody agree, or can tell me what I am doing wrong?

MannLou says:

Thank you for illustrating my earlier point.

mrmccabe says:

Tap and hold on the item that you want to edit or remove and a context menu will appear.

SEKKDS says:

LOL wow!! I can't believe I didn't think of that or try it. Geeezz...Thanks alot for the reply "mrmccabe". Appreciate it.

SEKKDS says:

I am liking the app so far, it's good... however...!!Unless I just do not know how to do it and am missing something, I see a problem. Once I have created my pizza, and put it in my "add item" basket, it takes me to my order summary. From there, it lists the pizza, and the cost, but there is no way from here to either go back and/or alter the pizza I just created with the app. I also see no option to remove the pizza altogether from my order, perhaps to start over with my order.Am I missing something?

mrmccabe says:

Tap and hold on the item that you want to edit or remove and a context menu will appear.

I would download the app, but I'm still waiting for them to fix Enigmo. If just about everyone else has updated their apps, why can't Chaotic Moon?

harshalsk says:

Well yesterday I downloaded and used this app. Preety straightforward. I know the local stores and employees know me by name and know my usual. But I still ordered and picked up pizza from store.One quirk is it does not store your login and password. Need to fix that. Navigation related to toppings needs some more tweak but then i figured it out.This is a useful app for travelling guys so they can place order to nearest store. I know WP7 need some real hardore apps but it is good start to have even comsumer companies like Pizza hut is providing attention to platform. Out of 500K apps on iPhone and 300k apps on Android how many are really good? But every Tom **** and Harry is there with their apps. Good deal.

niyoko says:

Currently only on the US marketplace. :(Pizza Hut needs to bring this app to Japan ASAP! :D Pizza Huts are surprisingly all over the place here in Japan, or at least in Tohoku. I've usually seen them partnered with KFC.

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