Good afternoon, class. Welcome to Arcade Gaming 101. Today we're going to compare and contrast two games, one from 30 years ago and the other its 2011 remake. To start, let's watch this short film.
That's the original BurgerTime, developed by Data East in 1982. A fairly craven combination of elements from more successful titles - notably Pac-Man, Dig Dug and Donkey Kong - the aim is to assemble burgers by dropping the ingredients down a series of scaffolds. You do this by walking over the buns, lettuce, cheese and patties. Once you've walked the entire length of an ingredient, it drops to the next level down. Even by 1980s standards, that's a flagrant abuse of hygiene laws.
If there's another ingredient directly below, that one gets knocked down a level as well, and so on, creating a calorific cascade until the burger is complete. One-hit-kill enemies such as hot dogs, fried eggs and pickles roam the level, and can be stunned with pepper or killed by ensuring they're on, or under, an ingredient when it falls. Ingredients carrying an enemy fall further, racking up the big scores.