Game Review by Tim Peters
Game Rating = 2/5 Balls
It’s only fitting that Namco Games should offer a legendary arcade game a facelift. BurgerTime Deluxe attempts to update the venerable BurgerTime, but falls short. It tries to shoehorn this fast-paced arcade game into a lifeless casual gaming presentation, and much like an aging pop star on a glitzy comeback tour, the magic is gone.
BurgerTime Deluxe offers a Story Mode and a Quick Play mode. Both feature the same goal: make burgers by running across their ingredients, while avoiding renegade foods like Mr. Pickle and Mr. Egg. Quick Play mode is by far more satisfying, a respectable version of BurgerTime with a few extra power-ups and enemies thrown in. Story Mode, on the other hand, is an insipid tale of Peter Pepper trying to save his uncle’s burger joint from Vinnie Vinegar’s lackeys. Each level feels far too easy, with points that don’t matter, and even terrible mini-games as “rewards”. Deluxe, indeed.
CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION
The additions in BurgerTime Deluxe sabotage a game that never needed them. Adding new enemies like Mr. Carrot and Mr. Spatula is understandable. Even replacing the original chef with young Peter Pepper and Sally Salt is understandable. But did BurgerTime really need an arsenal of power-ups like bubbles and energy drinks? Or a simpering uncle cheerleading your every minor accomplishment? Or a meaningless Story Mode? Seeing these unnecessary additions is as painful as watching Chubby Checker use an Auto-Tune.
BurgerTime Deluxe’s characters are all animated well, with cute exaggerated movements. The rest of the art, however, is terrible. The blocky speech bubble text looks out of place. Platforms are decorated with garish items that only make it tougher to see where the real power-ups are. Each new decoration scheme looks worse than the last. Worst of all, slowdown is far too common, resulting in irritatingly untimely deaths.
As bad as the visuals are, the music trumps them. The few tunes in the soundtrack are appallingly bad, particularly one quickstep that sounds like a truck running over a lounge band. The minimal sound effects seem mercifully bland and inconspicuous by comparison.
There are better ways to play BurgerTime than this. Quick Play is passable, but Namco should be ashamed of allowing Story Mode to be associated with one of its products. Unless you really like Quick Play, save your money. While this game isn’t artery-clogging awful, it sure isn’t a Happy Meal.
YOU SHOULD BUY BURGERTIME DELUXE IF…
– You really enjoy Quick Play mode
– You’re looking for an easier way to play BurgerTime
– The saga of an entrepreneur battling anthropomorphic food moves you to tears
YOU SHOULD NOT BUY BURGERTIME DELUXE IF…
– Slowdown during a game for no reason irritates you
– You play games with the speakers on
– You have played the original BurgerTime