Any Keypad Button start game; if you don’t push a button, the practice run begins
Control Stick Up increase speed
Control Stick Down slow down
Control Stick Left steer left
Control Stick Right steer right
Side Buttons jump
Any Keypad Button begin another game
Game Select choose a one- or two-player game, choose difficulty level
Joystick Button or Game Reset begin playing
Joystick Left/Right + Joystick Button enter your initials
Joystick Left/Right run
Joystick Button set angle, jump
TRACK & FIELD CONTROLLER
Run Buttons press alternately to run
Action Button set angle, jump
The game allows for up to eight players to compete in rotation through either single events, a selection of your favorites, or all six events. A single event can also be selected to practice and gain proficiency The users can name their players and points are awarded for each event depending on how each player finishes. Once all events have been completed the total scores for all players are tabulated and a winner is declared.
The six events you can participate in are half-pipe skateboarding, footbag (also known as hackey-sack), surfing, boardwalk roller-skating, BMX bicycling and disk toss (Frisbee). All events have their own style and method to victory.
In the half pipe the player controls a figure on a skateboard and attempts to do skateboarding tricks on the half pipe rim and in the air, without wiping out. The player has a minute and 15 seconds to gain as many points as possible.
In footbag the player controls an on screen figure who can be maneuvered horizontally across the screen and made to turn 360 degrees. By kicking the footbag into the air and basically juggling with your feet you can gain points. More points are awarded for tricks and complex maneuvers. There is a time limit again of one minute and 15 seconds.
Surfing consists of riding your surfboard smoothly along the lip of the onscreen wave. One can perform tricks by launching off the top of the wave and landing the jump properly. The main goal is to go as far and as fast as you can in the allotted time in a risky position.
On the boardwalk the player controls a roller skater skating into opposing traffic. The boardwalk is littered with obstacles and is uneven and unfinished in many places. The goal of the event is to make it to the end of the boardwalk in the shortest amount of time while dodging objects in your way and doing as many tricks as possible. When controlling the player one can jump, duck and spin 360 degrees. The player is only allowed three falls before they are disqualified.
BMX biking is another event where the player races to the end of the course in the shortest time possible. Controlling an onscreen BMX biker one can do different tricks such as backwards and forwards flips off of large jumps and ramps. There are numerous obstacles that will throw you from your bike. The player is allowed one serious (i.e. falling on our head) or three easy (i.e. falling over) wipeouts before they are disqualified.
The flying disk event is the final challenge. The goal is to accurate through a plastic flying disk the length of a field to a catcher. The factors that affect the disks behavior are the amount of force one uses to toss the disk. Once it has been thrown control transfers to the catcher who must be positioned ready to catch the disk. Points are awarded on the distance the catcher must run. The closer you throw to the catcher, the more points that are awarded.
Men, women, and children all have reasons to like this game: Men will like the task-oriented aspect of putting burgers together; women will appreciate the nonviolent part of the gameplay; and children will love the cute characters.
Whether you’re a casual gamer or a seasoned (no pun intended) pro, you’ll probably get a kick out of Burgertime. You can simply stack burgers while avoiding or smashing bad guys, or you can use strategy by luring the frankfurters, eggs, and pickle slices on top of the burger pieces and dropping them for higher scores. You can also score big by setting up chain reactions.
Graphically, this game has a lot of nice features, like when the chef gets mad after getting tagged by a bad guy. Also, check out the hot dogs’ cocky strut. It’s a hoot.
Burgertime is well worth the price of admission. The only real problem is with the controls. Sometimes, if you are in a hurry, the pepper sprays the opposite direction in which you are trying to aim. But this doesn’t take a whole lot away from the overall gaming experience. Burgertime could just as easily have been called “Funtime”.
The characters are extremely cute and well-animated.
After a marathon session of Burgertime, the music and sound effects will stay with you a long time. This is a good thing.
This is a fun game for the whole family. It’s a charming and refreshing change of pace from all the shooters and maze games out there.
It’ll be a long time before you get tired of trying to best your high score.
It’s fairly easy to find information on this game.
Controls are simple and responsive. Characters move fast and will automatically dive if the ball is far away. When playing alone your partner is controlled by the computer. Your partner responds to your location and sometimes does not go for the ball when you think they should. Playing with a friend is better but after learning the game you will be able to anticipate a computer-controlled partner’s actions.
Practice and match modes are available but the tournament is the best mode of play. Computer opponents put up a good fight and will not be easily defeated. As you progress through each beach the difficulty level will increase. However, there is a trick to making the game easier. By locating both of your players near the net the computer will dig rather than spike the ball.
Graphics are very good. The beaches themselves look the same throughout the game but backgrounds for each beach change in order to represent each beach location. Players are not too detailed, though they are easily identified by the color of their shirts. Sounds are all good too. During play the ball makes a thumping noise when hit, the shaking of sand is heard as players brush off sand after diving, and crowds cheer after a point is scored.
If you like beach volleyball, or regular volleyball, then you will enjoy Kings of the Beach. This is a great game, possibly the best volleyball game for the Commodore 64.
Backgrounds look great.
Fit the game well.
The tournament mode is a lot of fun and the two-player option is always welcome.
Password feature during tournament is helpful.
Florescent green pages put a strain on your eyes. The organization is not great either but a useful reference card is provided.
It’s a pre-AIDS world of casual sex and New Wave girls doing coke where you look for love. Find the mate of your dreams – or someone who’s wild, co-dependent, or trying to make her gun-toting boyfriend jealous. Make important choices: are you in over your head? Should you wake Kitty after the drugs make her pass out in bed?
The writing’s top-notch, if you can get past the psychobabble (“you sense you’re making meaningful connections”). Unfortunately, the parser is awful, worse than Colossal Cave in making you guess words. You soon realize you’re basically stuck in a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure version of a Bret Easton Ellis novel. For another approach to life simulation, see Alter Ego.
Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards
Alter Ego: Female Version