Review By Danni
This is the ultimate game for me. It’s Danni in a game. It brings together my two favourite things; games and food. Burgertime Party published by Marvelous (XSEED) is a platform game based around creating and assembling burgers and other bun-related foods. I have to say, it’s not a concept I have seen before.
You play as Peter Pepper, a chef who specialises in burgers and stunning his enemies with pepper. The basis of the game is that you have several levels which have different burger ingredients on.
To build the burger, you must trample these ingredients and push them down each level until they form the completed burger at the bottom of the screen.
Burgertime Party! starts off with solo burger which introduces you to the controls, the enemies and the different types of burgers.
Although the fundamentals stay the same, the number of burger components increases which means you have to spend more time putting them together and thus have more time to be beaten by a sausage.
The enemies in this game are all burger ingredients. Slightly confusing when you’re serving up their family members to your customers but hey, people gotta eat.
The enemies will chase after you relentlessly and there are only a few ways to defeat them. The easiest way is to stun them with your pepper mill. This will freeze them for a short time, allowing you to run past and continue towards your goal.
The second and slightly more difficult way is to force them down a level when they’re on the burger components. By sending one component down, you push the next down and, if an enemy is on it, they go down with it.
The third and most permanent way is to eat chilli. Despite what anyone tells you, this is one time when the best thing you can do is eat chilli. Eating chilli turns you into a fire-breather and allows you to burn your enemies to a crisp.
The platforms themselves start off the same but as you progress through the main burger mode, you will notice that the ladders become fiery and the platforms become icy, crumbly or turn into a huge grill.
Timing is key when you must reach your next ladder before you get charcoaled.
This game adds a new challenge to platforming. Whilst you have to navigate the level and avoid enemies, you also need to think of the best and fastest way to assemble your burger.
There is no time limit on this game but the longer you are playing on one level, the more enemies will spawn.
Personally, I find it best to head for the top ingredient which, when trampled, will push all the below ingredients down in a chain and make your job a lot easier than having to send down each of the 3+ ingredients separately.
Overall, I give this game a solid 8/10.
Its great fun with a variety of different levels all made increasingly difficult by the more rapid appearance of enemies. It’s a platformer which makes you think more about where you’re heading rather than just escaping enemies to reach a goal.