🍔Written: March 2nd-3rd, 2017🍔
(As played on the Super Game Boy)
Year: 1990, 1991 | Developed and Published by: Data East
Hello everyone, StarBoy91 here; passionate about video games, big retrophile, and fan of all things 16-bit, which this game is not... crap. =|
Image from Wikipedia; Happy 35th Anniversary, you classic arcade game
On June 1982 came the Data East arcade game Hamburger as released in Japan, but when it came to the Western counterparts it would be rechristened as BurgerTime which you may no doubt recognize it as.
It was a huge hit upon release as it would spawn many home conversions for '80s consoles (Atari 2600, Intellivision, ColecoVision, Famicom/NES) and computers (Apple II, Mattel Aquarius, PC Booter, Commodore 64, TI-99/4A, PC-8000, Sharp MZ-80K/700/800/1500, Sharp X1, MSX) alike. Many people who played it felt that it delivered the goods with its simple yet hard to master gameplay as Peter Pepper tried to make burgers while having to contend with sentient sausages (Mr. Hot Dog), eggs (Mr. Egg), and pickles (Mr. Pickle).
Data East's classic would also influence BurgerTime knockoffs like Mr. Wimpy to name one and the protagonist Peter Pepper would be one of numerous video game characters to cameo in Disney's affectionate 2012 animated love letter to video games with the video game movie hit Wreck-It Ralph.
Before long BurgerTime would garner a 1984 arcade-exclusive spinoff called Peter Pepper's Ice Cream Factory where he's transcended the burger-making business in favor of ice cream (because that's the first thing you think of with a character named "Peter Pepper" involved), by comparison having seen a very limited release and did nowhere near as good as the first game (likely due to the unfortunate Video Game Crash that occurred the year prior). This would be the only game where ice cream making would be the goal in the series as all the subsequent games afterward would focus strictly on crafting burgers (including the unofficial Intellivision sequel Diner and the arcade follow-up Super BurgerTime where you took control of Peter Pepper Jr.).
On February 1991 the Game Boy handheld saw the release of BurgerTime Deluxe in Japan which would be released in America that March with Europe following suit later in the year which borrowed the template from the original arcade game but updated and added some things to make its own. How fares it?
In this game Peter Pepper's Burger establishment is being threatened by the newly formed competition Nuten Doughnut to which its manager has ordered his forces to take you out by all means necessary. You must do what you can to survive these forces and make your way to the top to preserve the burger-making business.
|It's go time|
|Must avoid contact with that pickle|
|"I've no choice but to give you the drop"|
|Super Peter Pepper|
Is Peter Pepper a pig in this game? Either that is the most awkward keeled over pose ever or he's got a giant, round arseEach time all four parts of the area are cleared you'll not only be greeted with a simple four character password but also get to watch a brief cutscene, largely at the expense of Peter as he either gets squished by a burger bun or climbs down an escape rope so fast that he perishes in flames (dark). At one point he enters a restaurant not knowing until it's too late that a Mr. Hot Dog is there who comes out wearing Peter's cooking garb as Peter exits out buck-naked. Heheh, I love that Data East felt the need to include that as one of five different password icons... =\
|Almost done with this stage|
|Time to wrap this up, yolks|
|Did someone say "Sausage Party"?|
My Personal Score: 6.5/10
<( ^o^)TO EACH THEIR OWN^(^o^ )>
P.S. Clips of Wreck-It Ralph screengrabbed from my Region 1 DVD of it, property of Disney. Still a really great movie, I look forward to seeing what they do with the sequel next March. =D And yes, I am aware that Peter Pepper also appeared in Chris Columbus' Pixels, but I haven't seen that one.
Thank you for reading my review, please leave me a comment (spam will not be tolerated) and let me know what you think. Hope you have a great day, take care! =)
Wait a damn minute: ninety-eight lives and ninety-five peppers??? o_O (2:50-2:55)