BurgerTime World Tour – Two Opinions
BurgerTime World Tour – The Second Opinion…
BurgerTime World Tour offers an authentic arcade remake in every sense of the word. A remixed version of the old intro song greets players at the title screen, and nearly every element from the 1982 arcade classic is brought back to life for the modern gamer. Peter Pepper and his old enemies of pabulum bring the scent of nostalgia to your nostrils as well as anybody could possibly hope for, but it still leaves that bittersweet arcade game taste in your mouth at the end of the day.
In the simpler gaming era of the 80s and 90s, it was perfectly valid for a game to be void of any storyline at all. Peter Pepper (who shows up in cutscenes even if you decide to play with your avatar) was a chef, whose specialty happened to be oversize hamburgers. He walked over each ingredient in order to make it fall down columns in order to complete the finished sandwich. Perfectly regular human behavior. Nowadays, though, you need motivation. Why does Chef Pepper have a feud with these irascible veggies? Evidently, we need to know the answer to that, as demonstrated through painful cutscenes and just plain silly interactions between characters. Silly is the keyword, though, as the slapstick and general dimwitted fun present throughout would certainly be enjoyable for a younger audience.
The graphical updates are on par with the retro feel that the title clings to, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The entire style of the game is based around that classic arcade feel; the music lends a hand here as well, chiming the player along as they jump and climb past pickles and peppers to plop patties past a plethora of …obstacles. Additionally, the gameplay itself feels reminiscent of a classic quarter-play title. There is a legitimate challenge to be had in World Tour, and a lot of it can be attributed to intelligent level design and enemy AI. A five-star rating is equate to a near-perfect run, which adds plenty of re-playability to those looking to top the Xbox Live leaderboards (sidenote: absent is the ability to view the leaderboards directly after completing a level).
As much as this remake succeeds, it still seems better suited for a joystick rig. A slight delay in movement resulting from the use of a thumbstick on a standard Xbox controller can create a microscopic delay often resulting in critical errors in a game of this style. The jump button is occasionally less-than-ideal with its response time, frequently leading to similar issues. Invisible walls and texture glitches often block inconspicuous areas of various levels. Boss battles feel tautological, and seemingly add nothing outside of a justification of their inclusion in the storyline. Despite these flaws, though, the gameplay remains strong as its core.
Overall, BurgerTime World Tour offers a refreshing look at a classic arcade title. Fans of the first game will find an entertaining, family-friendly experience for a reasonable price on the Xbox Live Arcade, while newcomers may be able to overlook some minor issues in order to lose themselves to a simpler time, when games could be fun in spite of themselves.
FINAL SCORE: 7/10