Burger Time was released in November 1982. The game was originally titled "Hamburger
" in Japan, but was renamed "Burger Time
" before being exported internationally.
The game was originally made for the DECO Cassette System, an early arcade format that pulled the game data from audio cassettes. The cassette system enjoyed a brief bit of popularity, until it was discovered that the cassettes quickly wore out, rendering the game useless. Bally/Midway licensed this title soon after its original release (October 1982), and redesigned the hardware to drop the cassette altogether. The Bally/Midway version of the game sold vast quantities when compared to the original.
This stand-alone version, manufactured without Bally/Midway's involvement, features a different attract mode.
When starting a new game (and a new life after getting caught), the game start display says 'Game Ready'. This was corrected to 'Get Ready' in the Bally/Midway version. It originally said 'Game Start' in "Hamburger
When the chef runs out of pepper, the 'Pepper' display blinks, but there is no warning sound.
In the Data East USA version :
* Gameplay is noticeably much faster than the other versions.
* 'Lives' dip switch can be set to 30,000, 50,000, 80,000, or None.
* The attract mode is exactly the same as the Bally/Midway version except for the different copyright information on the title screen.
Bryan Wagner holds the official record for this game with 11,512,500 points on September 19, 2008.