BurgerTime Video Game Review (1982)

From the company that brought you Pac-Man, this is another cute and addictive game that is simple to learn yet challenging to play. An unusual concept to say the least, Burgertime is a truly innovative game. While it didn’t create a plethora of imitators like Pac-Man did (I doubt anyone ever considered making “Hot Dogtime”), it did catch the eye of thousands of quarter-happy video game fans looking for something different.

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”.

Graphics

The characters are extremely cute and well-animated.

Sound

After a marathon session of Burgertime, the music and sound effects will stay with you a long time. This is a good thing.

Enjoyment

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.

Replay Value

It’ll be a long time before you get tired of trying to best your high score.

Documentation

It’s fairly easy to find information on this game.

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