Retro Friday: Branded & Food-Related Video Games

Burger Time, 1982 (Arcade, NES)

BurgerTime  is a 1982 arcade game created by Data East initially for its DECO Cassette System. The player is chef Peter Pepper, who must walk over hamburger ingredients located across a maze of platforms while avoiding pursuing characters.


The object of the game is to complete a number of hamburgers while avoiding enemy foods. When the game’s main protagonist, chef Peter Pepper, the player’s character, walks the length of an ingredient (bun, meat patty, tomato, etc.), it falls one level. If it lands atop another ingredient, the latter in turn falls one level. A burger is completed when all vertically aligned ingredients have been dropped out of the maze and onto a waiting plate. Once all burgers are completed, the game level is finished.

Food Fight, 1983 (Atari)

Food Fight (also styled as Charley Chuck’s Food Fight) is an arcade game released by Atari, Inc. in March 1983. The player guides Charley Chuck, who is trying to eat an ice cream cone before it melts, while avoiding four chefs bent on stopping him. The game sold 1,951 video game arcade cabinets.

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In Food Fight, the player controls a young boy named Charley Chuck. The object of the game is to eat an ice cream cone located on the opposite side of an open playfield. The ice cream is slowly melting, and must be consumed before it melts completely. Standing between Charley and the ice cream are four chefs named Angelo, Jacques, Oscar, and Zorba.


The California Raisins: The Grape Escape, 1990 (NES)

The California Raisins: The Grape Escape is a California Raisins video game developed by Radiance for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Capcom planned to publish the game in 1990 but its release was canceled due to the California Raisins’ dwindling popularity because of the decline in raisin sales in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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n the single-player side-scrolling action game the player controls a California Raisin through five stages in an effort to rescue the band and their band’s musical notes that were stolen by the gang of jealous musicians. The player can walk, jump, climb on vines, moonwalk (by pressing the “select” button) and shoot an unlimited supply of grape jelly beans as projectiles. During each level the player can collect ‘I’ icons that provide temporary invincibility, regular black musical notes for bonus points, ‘Sunshine’ icons to restore health, and ‘Raisinette’ icons to give an extra life to the player. One can also locate items by shooting at the thin air or at columns.

M.C. Kids, 1992 (NES)

M.C. Kids is a 1992 platform game developed and published by Virgin Interactive. It was initially released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in February 1992 in North America, and by Ocean Software in May 1993 in Europe.

m.c. kids video gameIt stars two children who venture into the fantasy world of McDonaldland in order to return Ronald McDonald’s magical bag, which has been stolen by the Hamburglar.

The player can choose to play as one of the two “M.C. Kids”. There is no difference between the two characters aside from their skin color and hair styles. Up to two players can play the game at once, and both characters can walk, jump, duck and pick up blocks to throw at enemies as they travel through the seven large worlds of magical McDonaldland.

Chester Cheetah: Wild Wild Quest, 1993 (SNES)

Chester Cheetah: Wild Wild Quest is a 1993 video game that starred Cheetos mascot Chester Cheetah. It is the sequel to Chester Cheetah: Too Cool to Fool. T

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he game is designed much like Super Mario World in which the player navigates through levels in a map, and the game is also a platformer.

Players must explore the entire United States looking for 10 pieces of a map to Hip City, USA avoiding or defeating enemies. Levels include a ship, in front of a castle, under the sea, and inside the city. Each level comes with a time limit and each hit results in an “instant death” situation unless the Cheetos snacks have been consumed.

7up: Spot Goes To Hollywood, 1995 (Sega Genesis)

Spot Goes to Hollywood is a platform video game developed by Eurocom and published by Acclaim Entertainment in North America and Virgin Interactive Entertainment in Europe for the Mega Drive/Genesis as the sequel to Cool Spot. A Sega Saturn and PlayStation version was later released, and featured FMV clips and different levels but similar gameplay to the original version.

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The central character in the game is Spot. Spot has become trapped in a movie projector. As he jumps from film to film, he encounters many classic film genres; these make up the various levels of the game. The main levels are a pirate movie, an adventure movie, and a horror movie, but there is also a Western movie, a sci-fi movie, and a dinosaur movie which are unlocked by finding all five stars in each of the game’s levels. Finding all the stars also grants a better ending upon the game’s completion.