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BurgerTime BurgerTime - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

BurgerTime - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Peter Pepper the chef moves around the screen walking over the parts of a hamburger. As each item is walked over it drops to the level below. Armed with pepper he can throw on his enemies, he must avoid Mr. Hotdog, Mr. Egg, and Mr. Pickle. Bonuses appear in the forms of ice cream, coffee, and french fries.

BurgerTime was produced by Bally Midway in 1982.

Bally Midway released 96 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1980. Bally Midway was based in United States.

Other machines made by Bally Midway during the time period BurgerTime was produced include: Lazarian, Solar Fox, Wizard Of Wor, Adventures of Robby Roto, The, Crossroads, Bump 'n Jump, Blue Print, Baby Pac-Man, Earth Friend, and Kozmik Krooz'r


Name BurgerTime
Developer Bally Midway (United States)
Year 1982
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7238
Class Wide Release
Genre Labyrinth/Maze
Conversion Class unique
Game Specific BurgerTime Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

BurgerTime Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Pepper
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard - 235 lbs
  • Cocktail
Control Panel BurgerTime Control Panel Image
Side Art BurgerTime Side Art Image

Game Introduction

The game has an amusing cast of characters. The player character is a chef called Peter Pepper who is pursued by enemies named Mr. Hot Dog, Mr. Pickle and Mr. Egg.

Game Play

The object of the game is for Peter Pepper to assemble four giant burgers without colliding with any pursuing hot dogs, eggs or pickles who appear in later stages. Peter Pepper has to climb up ladders and walk across ramps to get to each of the burger fixings which include buns, beef patties, lettuce leaves and sometimes tomato slices and cheese slices.

Peter Pepper has to walk across each of the burger fixings, so they will fall downward to the each of the lower ramps until they reach each of the plates below at the bottom of the screen. He must assemble all four burgers to advance to the next stage. As the hot dogs, eggs and pickles pursue him, he can stop them three different ways. He can throw a pinch of pepper on them to stun them and make them temporarily harmless, but his pinches of pepper are limited, so he will have to use it wisely. Additional pinches of pepper can be gained by getting bonus items the will occasionally appear on the screen temporarily including ice cream cones, french fries and cups of coffee.

Another way Peter Pepper can stop his pursuers is by crushing them with one of the burger fixings. He does this by dropping it onto them whenever they walk under it. The third way to stop them is by dropping them on one of the burger fixings whenever they walk onto it, this will also allow each of the burger fixings to fall two, three or four floors more depending on how many of them are on it. However the pursuers are put out of action, they will continue to walk around in each stage until all the burgers have been completely assembled.

BurgerTime KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.95 (22 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.95

Overall Like 4.24
Fun (Social) 3.23
Fun (Solo) 4.19
Collector Desire 4.14

Technical Rating: 4.09

Gameplay 4.15
Graphics 3.90
Originality 4.52
Sound/Music 3.62

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

If the player dies while the last burger is completed i.e., the final piece drops into place, the game will reanimate the current Peter and not take away the man.

There is a simple way to get a massive score on this. For each of the six screens you need to get all the hot dogs / eggs / pickles grouped together following you. You can do this by throwing a pepper in front of them. Once bundled together they will chase you like a single piece of food. You then drop the lot from the bottom bun working upwards on each screen. If memory serves this is 32000 a drop. The six screens can be completed like this three times but the first screen for the 4th time around is rediculously fat. I got the official world record of 3,058,000 in 1983. Only the 58,800 registered on the screen. I still had 110 extra lives and pinches of pepper!


  • Vector BurgerTime - Uses vector graphics.



Data East produced the original version of the cabinet in the same year. The artwork differs substantially the marquee is a smaller size with completely different depictions of Peter and his foes.

The instructions on both the cabinet and the screens of this game do not say that the restaurant in the game has a name. Some references say that the name of the restaurant is BurgerTime, just like the game itself, but other references say that the restaurant can be McDonald's, Burger King, Jack-In-The-Box, Wendy's, Whataburger or any other famous fast-food franchise that serves burgers. The game itself never mentions that the restuarant where the game takes place even has a name.

Cabinet Information

A full size Peter Pepper adorns both sides of the upright cabinet. The tops of the sides are cut to match the curves in his chef's hat. The front of the cabinet depicts Peter seated on a burger with a Mr. Hot Dog on either side. A picture banner just under the joystick shows left to right Mr. Egg, Mr. Pickle, Mr. Hot Dog, a burger, Mr. Hot Dog, and Peter. A picture around the joystick shows a hand pointing in each compass direction. Playing hints and a picture of Peter are to the left of the monitor and instructions and a picture of Mr. Hot Dog are to its right. The basic color of the cabinet is mustard yellow.

A cocktail cabinet was also released for this game.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op BurgerTime Census

There are 14,958 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,547 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,359 machines (6,939 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 388 known instances of this machine owned by BurgerTime collectors who are active members. Of these, 331 of them are original dedicated machines. 6 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 46 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 11 active VAPS members with a BurgerTime machines for sale. There are 4 active VAPS members with a BurgerTime circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - Very Popular - There are 69 active VAPS members currently looking for BurgerTime. There are 2 active VAPS members looking for BurgerTime boards sets.

This game ranks a 76 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 83 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



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Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 145; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Arcade Fever Sellers (ISBN 0762409371) Page: 86; Color photo
  3. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 145; Color photo

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This game is available at the following public arcades, bars or museums:

Name Location State Country Details Check-ins
Bartari 101 Adams Ave, Scranton Pennsylvania United States Arcade Bar (Classic Videogame and Pinball)
Children: Only in daytime
Focus: Classic & Modern Games
Food: Yes
Alcohol: Yes
Payment Method: Coins
Bit Bar 278 Derby St, Salem Massachusetts United States 1
Level One Bar + Arcade 130 Hutchinson Ave, Columbus Ohio United States 0
Upstate Pinball & Arcade Museum 109A West Trade St, Simpsonville South Carolina United States Arcade (Classic Videogame)
Children: Allowed
Focus: Classic Games
Food: No
Alcohol: No
Payment Method: Admission Charge

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2016 1 402.50 402.50
2017 1 1,121.00 1,121.00
All Years 2 761.75 761.75


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