BurgerTime World Tour on XBLA is Bun-tastic

I do a bit of retro gaming a few times a week. So whenever a classic title like Burger Time is updated on modern systems I am both skeptical and excited. BurgerTime World Tour is an update to the classic platformer Burger Builder and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. I say surprised because I just didn’t think the 2D platformer needed to be transferred into a 3D environment. I am happy to say that even though this transformation occurred the developers of the game did not go 3D crazy.

Instead what you get is the 2D world in a 3D environment that gives a greater range of motion, but at the same time intelligently limits that range. Which once you get the hang of it give you a lot more control of your moves and freedom from death squeeze situations that would have meant insta-death in the original BurgerTime. This equals a lot less frustration.

The game’s offbeat humor is very much intact. You are still chased by giant foodstuff and pepper is the number one weapon in your anti-food arsenal, but you also have other options that help to make the game a deeper experience.

Burger Time World Tour is an adjustment for classic players, but I like the direction the game was taken in. Like the recent remakes of Pac Man, it maintains the core retro gameplay but adds to it. Appealing to newer audiences while at the same time satisfying retro fans. I could definately see other classic platformers being refined and released using this direction. For 800 XBLA points it is a bargain and a fun game for the entire family.

If you do not have an Xbox 360 don’t worry, MonkeyPaw Games reports that versions for the Wii and PSN are coming soon.

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New Character Trailer for the Reboot of Atari’s Warlords

I might not love the final result on every game attempt, but I do love that Atari keeps swinging for the fences with their reboots of their classic titles. This summer we are going to get a reboot on my favorite 4 player paddle powered title, Warlords. In this newly released trailer, we learn all about the characters that will populate this new incarnations for XBLA and PSN.

Official Description

Show no mercy and take no prisoners as you fight to the death for title of the almighty Warlord in Atari’s new game, Warlords based on the Atari classic. Defend your castle from mischievous minions and ferocious fireballs spun from the mouth of a maniacal dragon in this whimsical reinvention of the beloved classic. In the ultimate battle of speed, strategy and survival, command your troops with shrewdness and skill to capture control points, collect power-ups and destroy the other warring factions!

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I am pretty sure my old Warlord skills will not be applicable to the new version…