“ Manufacturer: Big Fish Games / Genre: Family & Entertainment „
"After receiving some strange blueprints in the mail, you build an extraordinary food-making contraption and open a restaurant. Make food and satisfy a variety of customers until you discover the truth behind the mysterious blueprints." - Big Fish Games
Burger Shop is a Time Management style game where you make burgers, ice cream and other food and drink to serve to customers and earn in-game money. As you go along the story you see new customer characters, face increasing difficulty in the levels and unlock different playing styles.
You start with only Story mode unlocked and are shown the tutorial (you can't skip the tutorial at all) but the game is pretty easy at the begining so I got the hang of it straight away. You make the items requested by the customer (appears as a picture in a speech bubble) and serve them for money plus a tip, the better you do the more you earn. If you serve all customers without them losing any patience you get a 'perfect' bonus at the end of the level (different amounts depending on which scene you are playing). You only progress to the next level if you manage to get the goal on the level you are playing but you can replay any level at any time. Before the start of some levels you are also given a choice of three items, you will end up with all of these anyway so it is entirely upto you in which order you decide to have them, and once an item is picked it is then added into game play.
It doesn't take many levels to unlock the other playing styles but the expert level only unlocks after you have completed story mode. As you go along there are also trophies to be won for achieving different things, such as getting $1000 in Story mode.
The graphics and music are both pretty simple. The music can easily be turned down if they become annoying but I found I didn't even hear it after a little while. Graphics are very cartoon like and more on the brighter side but everything is very clear to see.
The game can be repetitive at times and I really used to enjoy playing it but it is a lot simpler and easier than Burger Shop 2 (more products, customers, different style) and I know find it boring to play in comparison. However, it is a good starting point and if you enjoy it then you will probably enjoy Burger Shop 2 as well.
I bought Burger Shop on the £2.30 daily deal as part of my Big Fish games membership about six months ago. I am a big fan of time management games so after playing through an hour's free trial I decided to buy it.
The game begins when you find blueprints for a burger making machine - The Bugertron- which you use to open your own burger shop. The machine spits out the components needed to put together a burger order - Burger, bun, cups, fries, onion rings, soft drinks, ice creams etc and you need to use these items to complete the orders of the customers who come into the shop. The game has 4 main levels. The game play is all controlled with the mouse. You click components to assemble the burgers, or drag and drop cups under the machines.
Story (& Expert mode)
The main mode of the game consists of 80 separate levels across 8 different restaurants. Each level consists of various different customers with various degrees of patience and preferences for orders. These include cowboys and girls, aliens, mom and child, and my least favourite the schoolgirls who always order 3 of everything. When you start the game you only have basic ingredients for burgers, but as you complete each level you get the option to add different upgrades including soft drinks machines, ice cream, side orders and power-ups like extra money and patience. The levels get progressively longer and more difficult as you go through. The Expert mode is the same as Story mode but a lot harder - I have only managed to get expert score on one level so far.
Played in 1 minute rounds, Challenge mode is the same general game as Story mode but the customers get less patient as the rounds progress. The aim of the game is to make as much money as you can - there are targets for bronze, silver and gold medals - before you lose a customer which ends the game. There are 8 levels of Challenge mode, one for each restaurant. I really like challenge mode and it is great to play when you don't have a lot of time, especially the later levels which I can only get through about six rounds before I lose a customer!
Relax mode is just one long leave of Burger Shop, but the customers never get impatient and leave. I find this level very samey and tend to get bored and quit quite quickly. I think without the pressure of having to serve the customer before the leave takes away a lot of the excitement.
I really like Burger Shop - I have had the game for a while now and it is one that I go back to often, at least a couple of times a week. It is really simple to play but as you progress it provides me with enough of a challenge. I am currently trying to get expert on all the Expert mode games, and failing miserably, but that is what keeps me coming back! Burger Shop is currently available at www.bigfishgames.com for £5.39 which I would be happy to pay as there is a lot of content to the game, but it is often featured on the daily deal and for £2.30 is an absolute bargain!!
I started playing Burger Shop as a trial on Big Fish Games, and got so addicted to it I had to play. The game starts off as you as a man who finds a burger shop blueprint and you decide to use it to make your own restaurant.
Throughout the game, you visit many different locations, whether it be the circus, a football game or an alien spaceship. There is about 10 different locations, each with 10 different levels included within them. As the levels progress it gets much harder, I had to replay many of these levels several times before I ever managed to get the Expert rating.
The game is mostly done through creating different foods, filling up drink and fries containers or making ice creams. However, as the levels progress, it gets even harder as you are faced with different levels of characters such as the clowns who will want things off the menu, girls in packs of three who want three of the same items and punks who have a slow patience waiting.
First, you can complete the Story Mode, which is the basis of the entire game, and is just the normal game where you can learn how to play and about all the parts of it. Playing this was a great way of learning the ropes to the game, and it took me a couple of weeks to complete it with the full Expert ratings, making it exceed the cheap price I had paid for it.
After completing Story Mode, it unlocks the Expert Story, which is basically the Story Mode but with harder levels and difficult customers to please. This took me another 3 weeks to complete, so it really is a game that has a lot of gameplay within it.
The other two modes are Challenge and Relax Mode, which are unlocked after playing a few levels of Story Mode. These are for casual gameplay mostly, and I generally tend to play them if I'm feeling a bit lazy or while I'm taking a break from working on documents. They're great for just relaxing and reducing stress, and can be played pretty mindlessly. These forms of gameplay also include trophies for when you beat your high scores, so they never really get boring and you are always trying to beat your high score.
Trophies are rewarded throughout the game for doing things like getting every level with expert, serving a large amount of customers or serving a large amount of food. This gives you something to acheive, so even if you finish all the Story and Expert modes, you will actually want to keep playing.
This game has hours of gameplay and I still find myself playing it when I want to relax or have time to kill while on the computer. Its really fun to try and beat your previous scores or to try and get all the trophies you can. I would reccomend it to any one of my friends who love time management games or anyone looking for a game you can play casually.
I bought this game from the Big Fish Games website, which is safe and reliable. I had downloaded the trial from several different sites and became hooked,so bought it.
The game has a story mode, which has about 83 levels, as you move up the levels, you get new appliances in the burger shop and more customers to serve, therefore, higher money targets to hit to complete the level. You start off with just a conveyorbelt which has the seperate burger components which you have to put together to make the burger the customer wants. Throughout storymode, you get machine upgrades for new side orders, which makes the game increasingly harder.
Some customers have more patience than others so you have to serve the most impatient first so they don't get angry and leave. The expert level is very much the same, except you start off with all of the machines.
The story mode took me about 5 hours in total to complete, and I am about halfway through the expert mode, which i have spent about 3 hours on.
I have got Windows Vista and it runs fine on there, never had it crash like some other games. Graphics are brilliant and generally the game is well made and doesnt seem to have any flaws. I love this game and it was well worth the £13 I paid for it.
Burger Shop is one of my recent purchases from Zylom Games, (www.zylom.com). Zylom is one of a few websites that offer this sort of game along with Gamehouse, Anawar Games and Popcap Games. You can download a trial version from the site and in most cases you get an hour to try the game and see if you like it.
As the name suggests, Burger Shop is set in a Burger Shop. You receive a mysterious package in the post with instructions on how to build "The Burger-tron" which you do thus beginning the game. The actual game is very simple; you need to use the ingredients that come out of Burger-tron to fulfil your customer's orders. This is simply a case of clicking on the right combination of ingredients and then right-clicking to deliver the finished order. The tricky bit is that as time goes on and you progress through the levels the customers get less patient and there are more and more types of food, drinks and sides to contend with!
Zylom charge £19.99 for all their games which can be way too much as some of them are so quick and easy and to complete but Burger Shop is worth it in my opinion. There are 4 game modes, trophies to earn and a hall of fame too which provide plenty of incentives for repeat play.
The 4 game modes are:
> Story Mode
Basically, Story Mode is what I described above. There is a storyline that gets revealed to you as you play through the levels. Each Level is a day at a certain restaurant such as "The Diner" or "The Beach Hut". Each Diner has 10 levels after which you will progress to the next restaurant. Before each level you get to choose a new item for your restaurant like cookies, (they make your customers more patient), or even a robot to help you fulfil your orders. If you score a Perfect level you will get a star on your map and I have found that I can get mostly stars except for the last two restaurants.
> Challenge Mode
In challenge mode you have several restaurants to choose from, (they are restaurants you work through in the Story Mode), and you get a constant stream of customers to serve in order to earn enough money to qualify as Bronze, Silver or Gold. This is probably my favourite mode as you can play a restaurant quite quickly and it gets quite hectic too which I enjoy. The restaurants become available as you complete each on in Story Mode. I have managed to get gold on all of these levels.
> Relax Mode
Once again you can choose from the restaurants you have unlocked in the story mode. Relax Mode is a test of endurance where you just keep on playing; your customers will never get angry and leave no matter how long you take to serve them. To get a Gold rating on the first restaurant I had to play for nearly 27 minutes and I have played this game so much I am really fast. This is my least favourite mode as it seems a little pointless and I get frustrated with it. This is the only mode I have not completed.
> Expert Story
Once you have completed the story you unlock this mode which is basically the story mode again but more difficult! There is a slight, humorous change to the "plot" as well but it is very slight. I can get a star on about half of these levels.
As previously mentioned I like this game a lot and I enjoy playing it and I don't even mind all the repeat play to try and get all the trophies. Some of them don't seem that obtainable, (such as completing the Expert Story with all stars), which is a little disappointing as I like to be able to complete games. I don't mind a challenge but I really don't see how it can be done by a human!
I would recommend this game to pretty much anyone; I think all ages will be able to enjoy this game and although it seems a little expensive you should be able to get plenty of play of it.
Thanks for reading.
Not just another standard fast food joint. Multiple game levels to overcome before you can satisfy your customers!