Title: Burger Time
Release Date: 1982
Developer: Data East
Class: Wide Release
Maximum number of players: 1
Number of simultaneous players: 2
- Joystick: 4-Way
- Total Buttons: 1
Overview:Burger Time is a platform game in which one or two players take on the role of burger chef 'Peter Pepper'. The chef must create a set number of burgers per level by collecting the four separate ingredients needed to make each one (two pieces of bun, the burger itself and a garnish, such as lettuce or cheese).
Facts & Trivia:Released in November 1982, the game was originally titled 'Hamburger' in Japan, but was renamed 'Burger Time' before being introduced to the United States.
Burger Time was originally made for the Deco Cassette System ("Burger Time (DC)"), an early arcade format that pulled the game data from audio cassettes. The cassette system enjoyed a brief bit of popularity, until it was discovered that the cassettes quickly wore out, rendering the game useless. Bally Midway licensed this title soon after its original release, and redesigned the hardware to drop the cassette altogether. This version of the game sold vast quantities when compared to the original. There was also a bootleg version of this game that bore the title "Cook Race".
Bryan Wagner holds the official record for this game with 11,512,500 points on September 19, 2008.
A sequel called "Pizzatime" was planned around 1984 but was never released.
Have you ever wondered why one of the enemies is an egg? In Japan where the game was made, it is common to add a fried egg to your burger. Hence, Mr. Egg as one of the enemies.
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Game Ports:Colecovision (1982)
Atari 2600 (1982)
Mattel Intellivision (1982)
Nintendo Famicom (1985)
Nintendo Game Boy (1991, "Burger Time Deluxe")
Sony PlayStation (1997, "Arcade's Greatest Hits - The Midway Collection 2")
Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, "Oretachi Game Center Zoku - Burger Time")
Atari 7800 (2005, "Beef Drop")
Nintendo Wii (2010, "Data East Arcade Classics")
PC [Booter] (1982)
PC [MS-DOS] (1982)
Apple II (1983)
Texas Instruments TI-99/4A (1983)
Commodore C64 (1984)
BBC B (1984, "Mr. Wimpy" - Ocean)
Acorn Electron (1984, "Mr. Wimpy" - Ocean)
Oric (1984, "Mr. Wimpy" - Ocean)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1984, "Mr. Wimpy" - Ocean)
PC [CD-Rom] (1997, "Arcade's Greatest Hits - The Midway Collection 2")
MSX ("Mac Attack")
VTech Laser-VZ ("Hamburger Sam")
LCD handheld game (1982) released by Mattel.
LCD Handheld Game (1982) by Bandai.
VFD Portable Game (1983) by Bandai.
Tips & Tricks / More info:* 'Mad Dash' : J.D. Lowe, the current world record holder adds some suggestions... Something that very few players use is something I call 'Mad Dash'. If you watch as the chef is drawn on the screen, he walks up/down ladders at approx. 8 steps a second. So, in theory, if you can press the up and down arrows faster than 8 times a second, you can go faster. This is very helpful on later levels like Level 20. This does not work on going left and right, because the steps are smaller, and the computer has to draw the chef facing you again if you let go of the controller. It's a bit complicated, but like I said earlier, it can be very helpful.
* Pepper Appearances : The peppers do not appear randomly on the screen; in fact, they appear after so many ingredients have fallen to the bottom of the screen...
Level 1 - Peppers appear after 4, 8, and 12 ingredients have dropped.
Level 2 - After 5, 7, and 13 ingredients.
Level 3 - 4, 8, and 13.
Level 4 - 6, 16, 22, and 29.
Level 5 - 3, 6, and 9.
Level 6 - 3, 7, 12, and 14.
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