Last month, I reviewed a different
Burgertime sequel, Peter Pepper's Ice Cream Factory. As you can
see, there are more than one Burgertime game out there. But
will this one be a worthy sequel like Diner or a let down like
Peter Pepper? To start with, this game came out much later than
any of the other Burgertime games. Where Peter Pepper came out
in 1984 (and the original Burgertime came out in 1982), this
game was made in 1990. So it was appealing to a different
audience and had to be a different game. Also, it came out in a
time when games were made to eat as many of your quarters as
possible and this game fits that profile to a T. Unlike any of
the previous games, this game features some very 90's changes.
These are the ability to continue and the boss battles.
first thing you will notice about this game is that it is much
brighter than the previous game. Everything is so colorful. It
reminds me quite a bit of the Neo Mr. Do game for the Neo Geo.
It borders on gaudy with the graphics and especially the color
palette. The second thing you will notice is that there is alot
more bad guys this time. Not only in variety, but also
quantity. A good dozen creatures will swarm upon you and you
have little time to react. Not only are there alot of bad guys,
but some have different abilities. A few take more than one hit
of pepper and at least one (the giant pea) can shoot stuff at
you (pea pods). Each new villain and there are many of them,
will take a few deaths to learn their special abilities.
levels are unique in design. While they are very reminiscent of
the original with burgers to put together and ladders to go up
and down, there are a few differences. First off, you cannot
just walk over the burgers. You need to jump on them. They are
higher than the levels and you need to jump up on them and then
keeping jumping to knock them down a level. I found it easiest
if you push the controller down while pushing the jump button.
Otherwise, you jump up and can get hit by a creature on the
level above. Also, some levels need to be scrolled to
complete. It is definitely not your old Burgertime.
thing about this game is you do not run out of pepper. At least
I never was able to run out. And with the amount of food coming
after you, this is a very good thing. There are special weapons
you can pick up, like giant spatulas, that are along the sides.
These allow you to whack the daylights out of the food creatures
at a safe distance. There is also a difference with the
pepper. Now after you stun someone, you can go over and kick
them off the screen. A great way to clear the board for a few
seconds. But be warned that some creatures, like the giant pea,
need more than one shot of pepper to stun them.
Overall, this is a very fun and enjoyable game. It does not
have the near perfect balance of the original Burgertime, but
you must remember that it is set up to get you to part with all
your money and in that regard it succeeds. It is not the play
through multiple levels on a single quarter that you remember.
But it is fun and if you can get past the very gaudy level
design (see above picture for a perfect example), you will find
a very fun game.
This is just a review of the arcade machine.
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