The Interwebs has been a-twitter the past week or so. It could be that the retro-nerds have suffered a blood-sugar level crash, because the kerfuffle has been over the revelation that BurgerTime is getting the extreme makeover: retro edition.
The original BurgerTime was a highly memorable arcade game from Data East, released in 1982. Bally/Midway licensed the game for North America the same year. It concerns the culinary exploits of chef Peter Pepper, who must climb up and down the ladders of a giant scaffold, assembling giant hamburgers, piece by piece, while avoiding such deadly condiments as cheese slices and pickles, as well as the hamburger’s natural enemy, the hot dog. To hold off these frightening foodstuffs, Pepper is armed with just that: a pepper shaker that will stun enemies, as well as delightfully season them.
Word first came about the new version via discovery of an ill-timed ESRB listing of the game on their website, circumventing any official statement of the game by its developer, MonkeyPaw Games. And now, IGN has released gameplay footage of BurgerTime HD, taken during a hands-on session with the game at GDC: 2011. The remake retains the basic gameplay mechanics of the original, while giving the whole package a dramatic graphical overhaul. Pepper now creates his gastronomical masterpieces while running around a circular, 3D platform that reminds me of the 3D chess set from the original Star Trek TV show. The game also adds new hazards for Pepper to avoid, such as flaming grills, as well as some new antagonists, including carrots and apple cores to appease the health-food nuts.
The game will be available for Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Wii, although no release date has been given yet. Below is the the IGN footage on YouTube, as well as our own look at how the original BurgerTime evolved over various platforms during its heyday.