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Possibly the best Intellivision game of all!

BurgerTimeGraphics: 5
Sound: 5
Replay Value: 5
Notes: 1- or 2-player game
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BurgerTime was, possibly, the first real smash hit for the Intellivision. It even took over as the pack-in game on the Intellivision II, displacing Lock 'n' Chase and Astrosmash. Sadly, it came at the beginning of the end. You could say that it's not really technically much better than the Lock 'n' Chase or Bump 'n' Jump adaptations. The distinguishing factor, though, is that BurgerTime was also a hit in the arcades, unlike those others, and it had much better, more original game play than those games.

I'm not sure just how many screens the arcade version had, but the Inty version has quite a few - at least five, I believe - perhaps more. The graphics are excellent - Peter Pepper is well rendered, as are the baddies. The sound is absolutely dead-on, with that catchy background loop music and superb sound effects. The animations are smooth and flicker-free. It's just flippin' awesome!




ROM No ROM variants have been identified.
Box So far, seven variations have been found.
Manual Seven variants have been identified.
Overlays Four different overlay variations are known to exist.
Label To date, eight labels have been recorded.
Easter Eggs No Easter Eggs have been found.




A total of seven BurgerTime box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
BurgerTime Box (Mattel Electronics 4549-0910) Mattel Electronics 4549-0910 1983 Singapore Possibly initial version—has book-style box; plastic tray
BurgerTime Box (Mattel Electronics 4549-0210-G1) Mattel Electronics 4549-0210-G1 1983   Origin is not printed on box, but generic copyright info printed on bottom flap; opens on bottom flap—not a book-style box; has barcode on back
BurgerTime Box (Mattel Electronics 4549) Mattel Electronics 4549 1983   French-Canadian; trayless socket; no specific part number visible; no info on top or bottom flaps of box - instead, it's inside the box; the socket for the cartridge is offset to the bottom portion of the interior rather than centered, and is different from the 'trayless pocket'
BurgerTime Box (Mattel Electronics 4549) Mattel Electronics 4549 1983 Hong Kong International Edition; plastic tray; no specific part number visible; French copyright info on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom; English, German, Italian, Spanish and French text on back of box
BurgerTime Box (Intellivision Inc. 4549-0210) Intellivision Inc. 4549-0210 1983 Singapore Standard Intellivision, Inc. box; bottom flap has full Mattel part number; also has © 1982 Data East USA, Inc. on back
BurgerTime Box (Digiplay) Digiplay N/A 1983 Brazil Digiplay version (presumed); Mattel Eletronics logo on box; no part number or copyright apparent; trayless pocket; manual and overlays in separate slots as in an IntelliVoice game box; NOTE: both Digiplay and Digimed versions exist; hat-tip: Steve Jones
Image not available. Digiplay N/A 1983 Brazil Digimed version; Mattel Eletronics logo on box; no part number or copyright apparent; trayless pocket; manual and overlays in separate slots as in an IntelliVoice game box; NOTE: both Digiplay and Digimed versions exist; hat-tip: Steve Jones

Here's a comparison of the backs of the book-style and bottom-flap style boxes.

Common Box (Back)

Back of the common bottom-flap style of box

Book-Style Box (Back)

Back of the book-style box





A total of seven BurgerTime manual variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
BurgerTime Manual (Mattel Electronics 4549-0920) Mattel Electronics 4549-0920 1983 U.S.A.  
BurgerTime Manual (Mattel Electronics 4549-0920) Mattel Electronics 4549-0920 1983 Hong Kong  
BurgerTime Manual (Mattel Electronics 4540-0920) Mattel Electronics 4540-0920 1983 Canada French-Canadian; note erroneous part number
BurgerTime Manual (Mattel Electronics 4549-0018) Mattel Electronics 4549-0018 1983 Hong Kong International Edition; English, German, Italian, Spanish and French
BurgerTime Manual (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A 1983 U.S.A. NOTE: no part number on front or back; found in box of PlayCable manuals (though many were standard manuals)—so the natural question is: was this a PlayCable manual?
BurgerTime Manual (Intellivision Inc. 4549-0920) Intellivision Inc. 4549-0920 1982 U.S.A. Accordion-style folding; 1982 is from the Data East USA, Inc. copyright info on front cover; seems to use the cover art from the Mattel International Edition, with some of the U.S. release mixed in
BurgerTime Manual (Digiplay) Digiplay N/A 1979 Brazil Mattel/Digiplay edition; has © M.I. 1979 on back cover




A total of four BurgerTime overlay variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 4549-4289 1982 U.S.A. NOTE! This version is only suspected of existing—it has not been found!
BurgerTime Overlay (Mattel Electronics 4549-4289-G1) Mattel Electronics 4549-4289-G1 1982 U.S.A. Most commonly found 'original' version
BurgerTime Overlay (Mattel Electronics 4549-4289-G2) Mattel Electronics 4549-4289-G2 1982 U.S.A. Note the addition of the ENTER button and consequently relocated graphics
BurgerTime Overlay (Digiplay) Digiplay N/A 1982   Localized in Brazilian Portuguese; technically, two versions exist—some on standard materials, some on plastic-coated paper

For whatever reason, it was deemed important enough to revise the overlay to show the ENTER button. This resulted in the egg graphic being relocated. Has anyone seen an overlay that is not rev. G1 or G2 (other than the Brazilian release)? The two Digiplay overlays I have are made using different processes. One seems to be the more common method of laminated paper (or I'm just getting knock-offs), while the other is made of traditional materials.





A total of eight BurgerTime label variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
BurgerTime Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A 1982 U.S.A. Origin lower center; © M.I. 1982 lower left; © 1982 Data East U.S.A., Inc. lower right; ™ upper right; smaller label, rounded corners
BurgerTime Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A 1982 Hong Kong Origin lower center; © M.I. 1982 lower left; © 1982 Data East U.S.A., Inc. lower right; ™ upper right; has BurgerTime logo rather than plain block letters as most other labels did
BurgerTime Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A 1982 Singapore Origin lower center; © M.I. 1982 lower left; © 1982 Data East U.S.A., Inc. lower right; ™ upper right; smaller label, rounded corners
BurgerTime Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A 1982 Singapore Origin lower center; © M.I. 1982 lower left; © 1982 Data East U.S.A., Inc. lower right; ™ upper right; larger label, square corners
Image not available. Mattel Electronics N/A 1982 Korea Origin lower center; © M.I. 1982 lower left; © 1982 Data East U.S.A., Inc. lower right; ™ upper right; smaller label, rounded corners
BurgerTime Label (Mattel Electronics 4549-0341) Mattel Electronics 4549-0341 1982   Odd black & white label with no origin, but with a part number; © M.I. 1982 lower left; © 1982 Data East U.S.A., Inc. lower right; ™ upper right; large label, square corners; has the BurgerTime logo
BurgerTime Label (Intellivision Inc.) Intellivision Inc. N/A 1983 Singapore Origin lower right; © I.I. 1983 to left of origin; ™ small, centered vertically on right edge; smaller label, rounded corners; also has © 1982 Data East U.S.A., Inc. upper left
BurgerTime Label (Digiplay) Digiplay N/A 1982   No origin; © Mattel Inc. 1982 lower right; © 1982 Data East Inc. lower left; ™ upper right; large yellow label, rounded corners; title in red letters, standard sans-serif font

The odd black & white label with the crisp BurgerTime logo on it is of indeterminate origin. It seems to be the template used for the U.S.A. and Hong Kong labels that I've seen. The print quality is high, and the paper seems to be aged enough to come from 'back in the day'. Is this a homemade sticker? The label isn't the standard size, but it does have a Mattel part number on it. To date, I've only seen this and two other labels like it: Mission X and Buzz Bombers. Was this stock from when Intellivision, Inc. tried to avoid shipping games in boxes? Can anyone out there shed light on this?





Title Screen Title screen for BurgerTime.
Transition Screen Little touches like the transition screens, in which the nasties get closer and closer to Peter Pepper the fewer lives are left, are one of the things that make this game great.
Building the Perfect Burger For all the time I've spent playing this game, I couldn't tell you how many different levels there are. I'd think at least five. Honestly, what's not to like about this game?




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