I can safely assume if you’re reading this, you’ve played Pac-Man or Donkey Kong. Definitely Super Mario Brothers of some flavor, and likely a Zelda. But how many of you have played the original Burger Time, either on NES or in the arcade? A much lower percentage, I’d wager.
Fortunately, Flying Tiger Entertainment has you covered, but not with the original. No, they’ve chosen to port the arguably superior 16-bit Super Burger Time from its original arcade incarnation to a fantastic edition that’s part of the Johnny Turbo collection.
Now, I’m not going to get into the searing debate of OG vs. Super. The original Burger Time is a classic among classics, but if you’ve never experienced it, or perhaps in passing many years ago, Super makes a much easier modern entry point to the unique gameplay.
You are Chef Peter Pepper, Jr., and you must navigate mazes of platforms and ladders, assembling giant burgers while fending off evil ingredients with your pepper shaker. Occasionally a boss reveals itself, but really, your job is to build burgers.
The graphics in Super Burger Time are cartoony and fun, and much improved from the original. You have limited pepper in your shaker, so season with restraint, and you can jump, fall, or smack burger tiers down from level to level. Each stage is finished when you’ve assembled all of the burgers available, or defeated the boss.
You can also play Super co-op, unlike the original, which is great fun. I found playing with a friend feels very much like Bubble Bobble, but deeper, since it’s about more than just ridding the screen of enemies.
Flying Tiger deploys their always-excellent porting skills again here, resulting in a slew of display options, save states, and all the other welcome additions of the Johnny Turbo collection. They’ve definitely got the Data East engines down, and every game I’ve played is an as-perfect-as-possible stand-in for the original arcade hardware.
This game is almost a genre unto itself. It’s interesting trying to review iconic titles… how would you review Pac-Man? It’s Pac-Man. So, what I will say is this: it’s Burger Time, but Super. Everything about the original is here, but cranked up in a really fun way. If you like it, Flying Tiger has provided a stellar port. If you’ve never played it before, and like games like Bubble Bobble, you should definitely check this one out.
Charlie’s first attempts at gaming did not go well. Repeated, failed run-ins with the first Goomba in Super Mario Brothers 1 plagued his maiden gaming voyage. Undaunted, he would go on to become an avid gamer of all platforms, with Nintendo always sitting atop the highest pedestal. Except for that Halo 3 incident in 2007. We don’t talk about it. It never happened.
Currently, Charlie enjoys playing games on as many platforms as he can get his hands on, with current favorites being the Switch, 3DS and Neo Geo. When he’s not playing games, Charlie is a live sound engineer and manager for his production company, Clear Harmonies, based in Washington, D.C.
Charlie enjoys talking about games nearly as much as playing them, and loves meeting new people, so hit him up!
Plays: All of them games. Seriously.