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BurgerTime: World Tour Review

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It's not exactly the Burger Time you remember, but World Tour is a decent little multiplayer game in its own right.

There aren't many remakes of classic arcade and console titles you can point to and say anything other than, "Why would you even make this?" I'm not talking about the versions that are literally the exact game you already remember, except slathered in HD visuals or with an online mode stitched to its ancient framework. I'm speaking instead of the games that bear the name of something you remember liking in your earlier years, but only tangentially resemble that thing in any way, shape, or form. I'm speaking of the Yar's Revenges of the world, the games that lean exclusively on the name of a thing you recognize, while being virtually unrecognizable as that thing.

BurgerTime: World Tour is probably not the BurgerTime you remember...

BurgerTime: World Tour is essentially in the same boat. Yes, it features giant hamburgers that must be assembled via repeated, unsanitary stompings, and it has a multitude of enemies you must dodge that range from enraged hot dogs to particularly pissed-off pickles. But beyond the core conceit, World Tour is virtually unrecognizable compared with the arcade classic that spawned it. Unfortunate as that is, the truth is that BurgerTime: World Tour actually isn't a half bad game on its own merits, particularly in multiplayer situations. Just don't go in expecting the BurgerTime you fell in love with lo those many decades ago, and you might even have some fun.

In order to update BurgerTime for the modern era, developer Monkeypaw Games made some fairly significant changes to the formula. Where the game once existed in a single, flat, pixelated plane, each stage in World Tour has been blown out into a 2D/3D hybrid that extends the playing field significantly. In addition, the radical and controversial concept of "jumping" has been added. This on its own may sound like blasphemy to those who enjoyed the original BurgerTime. The arcade game and its subsequent ports offered no such option to its heroic, playable chef. Dodging enemies was, instead, a game of intense, stressful ladder climbing that resembled the sort of evasive antics of the Pac-Man ilk. Now you can hop over enemies in addition to climbing around them, a concept that will no doubt boil the bile of every BurgerTime superfan out there.

As for the rest of you, probably not so much. As I said, World Tour is a fairly different beast from its original namesake. The gameplay is generally less stressful, and a bit faster-paced. Yes, you are still assembling comically oversized hamburgers that have been separated into various pieces across many different platforms, and you are still required to run across those various burger ingredients to drop them down a platform and eventually put them all together, but playing World Tour feels a lot more like a modern platformer, shrunk down into bite-sized levels, than anything remotely similar to the arcade original.

And again, that's fine. BurgerTime: World Tour's gameplay might not resemble its predecessor too terribly much, but it's decent enough at what it does. The single-player is a bit lacking, in that there are only a few worlds to plow through and you'll likely do so in a mere couple of hours. The tacked-on boss fights don't do much to vary things up, nor do the added power-ups. Gadgets like rocket boosters and invincibility-giving energy drinks don't do much to break up the core flow of burger assemblage, and apart from a few weapons like pepper shakers and bludgeoning spatulas, there isn't much combat to speak of in the game, meaning you'll be jumping and avoiding enemies more often. That's generally fine, though the lack of enemy variety and meager amount of level variation does make things wear thin a bit quicker than you might like.

...but as its own piece of multiplayer silliness, it ain't half bad!

Fortunately, BurgerTime fares a good bit better in multiplayer. Up to four players can jump into a match, all competing to create an ever-regenerating series of burgers within a specific time limit. While the enemies and level traps remain, where BurgerTime: World Tour's multiplayer stands out is in your ability to screw with your opponents. All the attacks you can launch against in-game enemies you can also toss at your opponents, allowing for a constant stream of antagonistic tomfoolery through each match. It's a good bit of fun that's only handicapped by the relatively small number of multiplayer maps, and the aforementioned lack of gameplay variety. It's the sort of thing you can totally play for an hour or so with some friends (as it works both offline and on), but it's unlikely you'll find yourself too terribly addicted to it.

If you can accept that BurgerTime: World Tour is something fairly different from the arcade classic you may remember, there's a good chance you'll find some enjoyment in it. Like your average fast food hamburger, it's insubstantial, but so is its $10 price point. It's a solid multiplayer snack, if not a proper meal.

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42 Comments
Posted by wireframefool

This time, is our time. A time for burgers.

Posted by phrosnite

GotY right here.

Posted by RobertOrri

Yeah, this is a bit unexpected.

Posted by UberExplodey

you are the burger.

Posted by Cyrisaurus

Why is there even a review for this?

Posted by AlwaysBeClothing

I'd say the best things they did were making it downloadable and asking $10, even though I still think its a bit expensive. Still, they need to cash in on that nostalgia crowd and those people are likely to pay $10.

Posted by Winternet

Say what? Burger what?

Who is this review for? Three people in the world who were waiting to know if they should buy this or not?

Posted by CSaville

Sounds as good as good be expected. Makes me want to dig out the original.

Posted by AlexW00d

Why the fuck is there a review for this?

Posted by sirdesmond

Wasn't expecting to see a review of this.

Posted by zameer

@AlexW00d: Ahh a classic douche response. No review thread is complete without it

Posted by EuanDewar

@AlexW00d said:

Why the fuck is there a review for this?

@Cyrisaurus said:

Why is there even a review for this?

alex_navarro Alex Navarro

My favorite asshole response to a review of anything: "Why would you even bother reviewing this?" I dunno, because it's my fucking job?

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Posted by WalkerTR77

@AlexW00d: @Cyrisaurus: Why is there even a comment on this!

Not sure what your comments were trying to accomplish.

Posted by AlexW00d

@EuanDewar: But it's such a pointless review, I thought the staff made a point of saying they don't review every game, only one's that matter. I'm pretty sure this is one that doesn't matter.

Posted by EuanDewar

@AlexW00d said:

@EuanDewar: But it's such a pointless review, I thought the staff made a point of saying they don't review every game, only one's that matter. I'm pretty sure this is one that doesn't matter.

alex_navarro Alex Navarro

I'm of the opinion that more reviews are better than less. If I'm reviewing something weird, it's probably because I was curious about it.

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Posted by Applederp

The staff are free to cover whatever the fuck they want. Same goes for every other video game news site out there.

Ya'll trippin'

Posted by Marokai
@AlexW00d said:

@EuanDewar: But it's such a pointless review, I thought the staff made a point of saying they don't review every game, only one's that matter. I'm pretty sure this is one that doesn't matter.

It matters to me. :(
 
I can't imagine why anyone would actually be upset about them covering more things. I think it's great.
Posted by AlexW00d

@Marokai: No-one's getting upset. But it just seems like a huge waste when they will review something like this, but ignore games that would more appeal to the site's core audience.

Posted by Applederp

@AlexW00d: What games are being ignored, exactly?

Posted by Cyrisaurus

@EuanDewar: HAHAHA.

If my comment has pissed off Alex enough for him to make a tweet about, then I feel like it's been a very successful day for me.

Oh man, hahaha. The whole reason I come to Giant Bomb is that they mostly only focus on games that actually matter to people who actually play games.

Posted by buzz_clik

@AlexW00d said:

Why the fuck is there a review for this?

Are you sure you're on the right site? BECAUSE BURGER TIME.

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Posted by SlightConfuse

i had no idea this was even a thing, does not looks good anyway

Posted by 1960sSpiderman

I like Burgertime.

Posted by vhold

@Cyrisaurus said:

If my comment has pissed off Alex enough for him to make a tweet about, then I feel like it's been a very successful day for me.

You might seriously want to consider how low your standards are for yourself.

Posted by Cyrisaurus

@vhold: You might want to calm down and stop taking the internet so seriously. It's not like I'm putting this on a resume.

Posted by Hot_Karl

@Cyrisaurus said:

@EuanDewar: HAHAHA.

If my comment has pissed off Alex enough for him to make a tweet about, then I feel like it's been a very successful day for me.

This is probably the saddest thing I've ever read on Giant Bomb, ever.

Posted by vhold

@Cyrisaurus said:

@vhold: You might want to calm down and stop taking the internet so seriously. It's not like I'm putting this on a resume.

What makes you think I'm not calm? Did I hurt your feelings or something? I was just offering some advice.

Posted by Godzilla_Sushi

@Cyrisaurus said:

@EuanDewar: HAHAHA.

If my comment has pissed off Alex enough for him to make a tweet about, then I feel like it's been a very successful day for me.

Oh man, hahaha. The whole reason I come to Giant Bomb is that they mostly only focus on games that actually matter to people who actually play games.

They have always said from day one, they'd review the games that appeal to them as well as the audience. In this case, it's probably even more relevant. Jeff talked about it on the podcast a bit, more than once.

Posted by Tim_the_Corsair

The best part about all the "hurr durr why u review dis?" responses is knowing you'd all be complimenting how amazing it was that it got reviewed while masturbating furiously if it said Jeff at the top of the page.

Posted by BALE

@AlexW00d: This is a video game website. They review games. Do you not understand how this works.

Posted by Tebbit

@Tim_the_Corsair said:

The best part about all the "hurr durr why u review dis?" responses is knowing you'd all be complimenting how amazing it was that it got reviewed while masturbating furiously if it said Jeff at the top of the page.

Nope, I do that for Alex as well.

I mean

Posted by Matterless

What, no video review? :)

Posted by NMC2008

I was expecting worst but it wasn't that bad, I mean i'm not gonna buy it but the demo was ok.

Posted by Winternet

Who knew Burger Time would sparkle the debate of why some games get reviewed and why some not. Let me say what I believe is the two main reasons for why a game gets reviewed:

  • The game is meaningful to the reviewer
  • The game is meaningful to the audience

About the first reason, we cannot argue with that. We're not the reviewer. We can't tell them what games are relevant to them. We can, however, discuss and argue about the 2nd reason since it involves us.

Discussions and debates are good, if done properly. That's what separates us from mindless husks.

Posted by BonOrbitz

Thanks for the review. I was curious about this game because I love the original. Too bad it's not an unlockable in World Tour, otherwise I'd consider buying it.

Posted by sephirm87

@AlexW00d: @Cyrisaurus: You dont care about Burger Time? What, are you a fucking communist?

Posted by Olymp1c

@AlexW00d said:

@Marokai: No-one's getting upset. But it just seems like a huge waste when they will review something like this, but ignore games that would more appeal to the site's core audience.

The site's core audience liked the original Burger Time, and were like WTF, a new Burger Time, how would that even work? And we got an answer, not incredibly well it seems, but not awful. And not enough like the original for me to even care anymore.

Edited by BelligerentEngine

And if you take a look to the right of the bus. In that thread you'll see people who think they're hardcore gamers, yet they don't know what burger time is.

Careful don't take too many pictures folks they're quick to anger.

Edited by ZZoMBiE13

I used to love that game when I was a kid! Burger Time, MouseTrap, and Elevator Action. Too much fun.

I loved the game as a kid but I don't have a problem with them updating the concept.

Anyway, I enjoyed the review. Thanks.

Posted by Tefferz

Little disappointed there isn't a Quick Look actually

Posted by DeadDorf

Where's the Quick Look of this?

Posted by fastkilr

I would've been disappointed if Giant Bomb didn't review BurgerTime.

Thanks for the review.