Burgers never go out of style! Or do they?
- System: Nintendo Switch
- Publisher: Marvelous Inc.
- Developer: Marvelous Inc.
- Release Date: Oct 08, 2019
- Pricing: $19.99
- Rating: E
- Genre: Arcade, Party, Puzzle
- Players: 1-4
- Official Website: https://store.xseedgames.com/product/burgertime-party/
BurgerTime Party! - E3 Trailer
Who it Caters to
The title BurgerTime Party! is pretty much self-explanatory: this is a party game based on a cult classic called BurgerTime, which originally debuted back in 1982. Now, almost 40 years later, Peter Pepper is back at it again with updated graphics and new multiplayer mechanics, but the simple-yet-fun gameplay mechanics are still intact. BurgerTime Party! is all about running around and climbing ladders, stepping on the ingredients while avoiding enemies, with the only goal of creating the most delicious hamburgers ever... but this isn't as easy as it sounds. If you like challenging games with simple mechanics, and if you happen to have some friends to play with, this is an interesting game for you to try!
What to Expect
BurgerTime Party! is one of those games that look extremely easy at first, but get increasingly difficult with every new stage. In fact, playing with friends is always a nice experience because as always happens with co-op party games, coordination is a must, and that's not easy to achieve. All in all, this is nothing but an updated version of a retro classic, with multiplayer modes, online features for those who like something a little more competitive, and more up-to-date graphics. We won't say it's not fun or engaging, just don't get your expectations too high!
If we were to compare it to the original BurgerTime, we have to say that we really like this new colorful cartoon style, but that's not enough to actually stand out in the vast sea of Nintendo Switch games. For those who don't care about how a game looks if it's actually fun to play, or for those who are old enough to have played BurgerTime, this absolutely comes as a nice update, but the art-style is not enough when the gameplay starts to feel rather boring and repetitive. In that sense, the menus are far from being beautiful or captivating either, even though they do fulfill their purpose. Simply put, BurgerTime Party! looks like an indie game that doesn't take itself too seriously. It's up to you to say how you feel about that!
Then again, the soundtrack to BurgerTime Party! is nothing otherworldly, but we really like it and it perfectly matches the game's spirit. In addition to that, all sound effects are on point and perfectly match that cartoony feeling. For what it's worth, it obviously won't be winning any awards, but at least we can't say it's annoying or boring, as usually happens with the music in this type of games. Other than that, there's not really much more to say in this section, which in the end is kinda good.
The objective of the game is to bring all the ingredients down to the plates and create the most delicious burgers. To do that, you control Peter Pepper as he walks around all these maze-like stages full of ladders and platforms, avoiding all the enemies that try to stop you. Every time you walk over an ingredient, it goes to the lower level and you have to repeat the same process until all the ingredients reach the plate. Other than running away, you can immobilize some enemies using black pepper, make them fall along with the ingredient you just walked on, or crush them with each ingredient that falls on them.
With every new stage you clear, new enemies and mechanics appear and it all gets way harder and challenging, so power-ups and a coordinated strategy are a must. Although the game uses a 3-star rating system, it all depends on your score and there's no clock, so you can try new strategies to achieve those 3 stars without having to worry about time running out. With dozens of levels available in the main mode, can you complete each level with the best score?
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
Multiplayer is fun (both co-op and battle), but if you're playing solo, the most challenging mode is definitely Challenge Burger. This is basically a survival mode where your main goal is to complete every stage, not only avoiding a horde of enemies but also managing your black pepper and the use of power-ups. Then again, this is challenging and fun, but you won't be playing it forever. Yes, we all love a good burger, but how many can you take before starting to feel sick?
- It has a nice soundtrack.
- A fun game to play with friends.
- There are far better options if you’re looking for a party game.
- The line is extremely thin when separating simple from boring/repetitive.
- Indie aesthetics are OK, but it looks as a work in progress...
Honey's Final Verdict:
We had fun with it, but BurgerTime Party! is not a game that we would recommend to buy unless you really are into this genre. Couch co-op is fine, Challenge Burger mode is indeed challenging, but it's hard to say it's actually fun, and that's a shame. All in all, we recommend you to try this game before deciding on any purchase. Who knows, maybe you really enjoy Peter Pepper's burger extravaganza!