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BurgerTime Party!

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Updated arcade classic is a well-done recipe for fun.

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Positive Messages

Although the bulk of the game is standard arcade fare, multiplayer includes certain components that put a heavy focus on teamwork and cooperation.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Following the recipe of the classic arcade game, BurgerTime Party! Is about little more than a chef trying to make his burgers and the discarded ingredients trying to stop him. There's not much character development beyond that.

Ease of Play

The gameplay is very simple to pick up and play, faithful to the original game in nearly every way. The difficulty comes in the later stage designs and the swarms of enemies that doggedly pursue Peter Pepper.

Violence & Scariness

The violence is extremely cartoonish in nature, with the food enemies simply getting stunned or knocked out before immediately rejoining the fight. Meanwhile, if Peter Pepper is touched by an enemy, he simply falls over waiting to be revived.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that BurgerTime Party! is an arcade game exclusively availalbe for the Nintendo Switch. The game's a reboot/remake of the classic arcade game BurgerTime, with a new presentation, new gameplay elements, and new co-op and competitive multiplayer features. The point of the game is having players rush to build giant hamburgers while avoiding getting caught by discarded toppings chasing them down. There's very little violence, apart from dropping burger parts on top of enemies or taking the ground out from beneath them. Multiplayer options allow players to work together in teams to build burgers and even to take on the roles of the enemies, coordinating with other to stop the chefs in their tracks. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content in the game.

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What's it about?

Peter Pepper is back, and this time he's cooking enough for friends with BURGERTIME PARTY! for the Nintendo Switch. The arcade classic BurgerTime has been updated for a new generation of gamers, with new graphics and sounds, gameplay features, and multiplayer options, but that same nostalgic flavor the game has been known for. Players can team up and take on stages in 2v2 competitive matches or participate in all out brawls in Battle Burger mode, where players can choose to play as either a pepper-wielding chef or one of his infamous Food Foes. You'll be able to take on all comers and put your culinary skills to the test, proving once and for all that your burgers are the best in town. 

Is it any good?

Messing with a classic can often be a recipe for disaster, but if it's done right, it can also inject a whole new layer of flavor to a tasty nostalgic treat. That's just what happens here with BurgerTime Party!, a remake of the original '80s arcade hit, BurgerTime. The game manages to perfectly recreate the formula that made the original so much fun, and yet update it in ways that adds multiple layers to the experience. Right from the start, the game leans hard into its nostalgic flair and wacky premise with a visual style pulled straight from a Max Fleischer cartoon from the 1930s. Peter Pepper and his Food Foes bounce around the stages with vibrant personalities. The game also adds a few new tricks to the familiar stages, such as crumbling platforms, ladders and floors made out of slick ice, and other tweaks that may never have been part of the original game but feel like they always have.

BurgerTime Party!, as the title would suggest, finds a few new ways to bring more players into the mix as well. In the Main Mode, up to four players can team up to take on the challenge of each stage. Chefs share a pool of lives and can revive each other if knocked out, making teamwork a key part of raking in high scores. Battle Mode, on the other hand, is a competitive mode that gives players a chance to be the bad guy, choosing either to play as a chef or as one of the notorious Food Foes. Special abilities for both sides of the fight keep the game balanced, and it's a blast to feed your inner villain by foiling a friend's best burgers with your culinary cunning. No matter how you choose to play, though, BurgerTime Party! is a satisfying serving of old school arcade fun with a heaping helping of the works that's more than enough to feed your gaming hunger.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about teamwork and competition in gaming. What are some ways that games help people to work together as a team, and how can games help us to be "good sports" in competition?

  • What are some of the ways that video games have changed over the years, and how do you see games changing in the future? What is the appeal of revisiting classic games, and how did those classics pave the way for today's gaming?

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