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Burger Time (c) 1982 Data East.

Help chef Peter Pepper race the maze to collect patties, cheese, lettuce and buns. Destroy the pursuing Mr. Hot Dog, Mr. Egg and Mr. Pickle for bonus points. Complete four burgers and you will feast on even more challenging mazes, build more burgers and score the bigesst Burger Time score ever!


DECO Cassette System hardware

[Cassette No.26]

Main CPU : M6502 (@ 750 Khz), M6502 (@ 500 Khz), I8X41 (@ 500 Khz)

Sound Chips : (2x) AY8910 (@ 1.5 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Vertical

Video resolution : 240 x 240 pixels

Screen refresh : 57.00 Hz

Palette colors : 32

Players : 2

Control : stick

Buttons : 2


Released in November 1982.

This is the original version of Burger Time, made for the Deco Cassette System ("[Cassette No.26]"), 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. This version of the game sold vast quantities when compared to the original. There was also a bootleg version of this game that bore the title "Cook Race".

A sequel called "Pizzatime" was planned around 1984 but was never released.

Have you ever wondered why one of enemies is an egg? In Japan, where the game was made, it is common to add a fried egg to your burger. Hence, Mr. Egg as one of the enemies.


Stacking a burger ingredient : 50 points per ingredient

Crushing Mr. Hot Dog : 100 points

Crushing Mr. Pickle : 200 points

Crushing Mr. Egg : 300 points

Collecting Ice Cream : 500 points

Collecting Coffee : 1,000 points

Collecting Fries : 1,500 points

Dropping Ingredient with 1 enemy on top : 500 points

Dropping Ingredient with 2 enemies on top : 1,000 points

Dropping Ingredient with 3 enemies on top : 2,000 points

Dropping Ingredient with 4 enemies on top : 4,000 points

Dropping Ingredient with 5 enemies on top : 8,000 points

Dropping Ingredient with 6 enemies on top : 16,000 points

and so on...


* 'Mad Dash' : J.D. Lowe, the current world record holder adds some suggestions... Something that very few players use is something I call 'Mad Dash'. If you watch as the chef is drawn on the screen, he walks up/down ladders at approx. 8 steps a second. So, in theory, if you can press the up and down arrows faster than 8 times a second, you can go faster. This is very helpful on later levels like Level 20. This does not work on going left and right, because the steps are smaller, and the computer has to draw the chef facing you again if you let go of the controller. It's a bit complicated, but like I said earlier, it can be very helpful.

* Pepper Appearances : the peppers do not appear randomly on the screen; in fact, they appear after so many ingredients have fallen to the bottom of the screen...

Level 1 - Peppers appear after 4, 8, and 12 ingredients have dropped.

Level 2 - After 5, 7, and 13 ingredients.

Level 3 - 4, 8, and 13.

Level 4 - 6, 16, 22, 29.

Level 5 - 3, 6, 9.

Level 6 - 3, 7, 12, 14.

* Enemies can't turn around immediately, so you can follow them around temporarily.

* The best tactic is generally to stand halfway across a piece of food, wait for enemies to appear on the food's edge, and then drop the food and enemies at once. Always lure the enemies onto the highest portion of the screen, and then drop them. This has several advantages : it clears more burger pieces, plus it means that units on lower levels may wander into the cascading pieces, killing them also.

* Leave plenty of room around yourself when going up ladders - the sprites in Burger Time are somewhat bigger than the visible characters.

* When enemies first appear, you have 1/4 sec to go through them, if you need to.

* IMPORTANT : If you get caught while the last piece of food is falling into place, the game will NOT deduct a life from your game!


1. Burger Time (1982)

1. Burger Time [Cassette No.26] (1982)

2. Peter Pepper's Ice Cream Factory [Cassette No.39] (1984)

3. Super Burger Time (1990)


Game's rom.

Machine's picture.

MAME Info:

0.37b13 [Juergen Buchmueller, Al Kossow]

Artwork available


- 0.146: Guru and Charles MacDonald added clone Hamburger (DECO Cassette, Japan). Team Japump fixed protection in clone Hamburger, giving it working status.

- 12th May 2012: Smitdogg - We are still working hard on DECO Cassette updates. We're in the middle of dumping: DS Telejan (version 4-A-3), Pro Golf (version 1-A) and Hamburger (version 0-A-0). A couple of the dongles are troublesome but will be done soon.

- 0.145u1: Changed description to 'Burger Time (DECO Cassette)'.

- 28th November 2010: Smitdogg - I had a spare Burgertime Deco Cassette dongle without a tape to go with it so I opened it up to dump the rom directly. The dump matched the .pro read we have for it perfectly so whatever method Al K. was using to read them from the pinouts works perfectly to get unaltered rom chip reads.

- 23rd May 2010: Smitdogg - We got undumped DECO Cassettes for The Grand Sumo, Skater Gaiter and Super Doubles Tennis! The auction also came with a complete system and cassettes for Burger Time and Burnin' Rubber which could be alt. versions. I'm not sure yet when they will be dumped, but they are secured. Thanks to tormod, Rambo, M. Ponweiser, A. Costin, Cornishdavey, Xiaou2, Paratech, E. Barwell, ThumB, www.arcade-history.com, jmurjr, N. Francfort, F. Bukor, Hikari, ArcadeDude, E. Page-Hanify, T. Huff, SteveS, c:\, Dr. Spankenstein and Kevin Eshbach! I took lots of pics and put them into 1 zip. A couple of the boxes (Scrum Try) don't go with the games they contain but I took pics of the boxes anyway. I don't have access to a scanner at the moment but I will scan the instructions, etc. before they leave my possession. Update: I've started dumping the motherboards and they have an alt set of chips.

- 0.117u1: Zsolt Vasvari fixed input port typo in Burger Time (Cassette).

- 0.88u2: Changed description to 'Burger Time (Cassette)'.

- 0.37b13: Juergen Buchmueller added 'Cassette: Burger Time' (DECO 1983).

- 12th February 2001: Juergen Buchmueller sent in an updated DECO Cassette system driver with support for Bump N Jump / Burnin' Rubber, Burger Time, Graplop / Cluster Buster, La.Pa.Pa / Rootin' Tootin', Fighting Ice Hockey, Pro Bowling, Night Star, Pro Soccer and Peter Pepper's Ice Cream Factory, but the games still lack some graphics.

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Romset: 36 kb / 2 files / 18.7 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="cbtime" sourcefile="decocass.c" romof="decocass">
              <description>Burger Time (DECO Cassette)</description>
              <manufacturer>Data East Corporation</manufacturer>
              <rom name="v0b-.7e" merge="v0b-.7e" size="4096" crc="23d929b7" sha1="063f83020ba3d6f43ab8471f95ca919767b93aa4" region="maincpu" offset="f000"/>
              <rom name="v1-.5a" merge="v1-.5a" size="2048" crc="b66b2c2a" sha1="0097f38beb4872e735e560148052e258a26b08fd" region="audiocpu" offset="f800"/>
              <rom name="cassmcu.1c" merge="cassmcu.1c" size="1024" crc="a6df18fd" sha1="1f9ea47e372d31767c936c15852b43df2b0ee8ff" region="mcu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="v2.3m" merge="v2.3m" size="32" crc="238fdb40" sha1="b88e8fabb82092105c3828154608ea067acbf2e5" region="proms" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="v4.10d" merge="v4.10d" size="32" crc="3b5836b4" sha1="b630bb277d9ec09d46ef26b944014dd6165b35d8" region="proms" offset="20"/>
              <rom name="v3.3j" merge="v3.3j" size="32" crc="51eef657" sha1="eaedce5caf55624ad6ae706aedf82c5717c60f1f" region="proms" offset="40"/>
              <rom name="dp-126_b.dgl" size="4096" crc="25bec0f0" sha1="9fb1f9699f37937421e26d4fb8fdbcd21a5ddc5c" region="dongle" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="cbtime.cas" size="32768" crc="56d7dc58" sha1="34b2513c9ca7ab40f532b6d6d911aa3012113632" region="cassette" offset="0"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="M6502" clock="750000"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="audiocpu" name="M6502" clock="500000"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="mcu" name="I8041" clock="6000000"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="mono" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="ay1" name="AY-3-8910A" clock="1500000"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="ay2" name="AY-3-8910A" clock="1500000"/>
              <display tag="screen" type="raster" rotate="270" width="256" height="240" refresh="57.444853" pixclock="6000000" htotal="384" hbend="0" hbstart="256" vtotal="272" vbend="8" vbstart="248" />
              <sound channels="1"/>
              <input players="2" buttons="2" coins="2">
                     <control type="joy" ways="8"/>
                     <control type="stick" minimum="16" maximum="240" sensitivity="100" keydelta="10"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coin A" tag="DSW1" mask="3">
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/1 Credit" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit" value="3" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/2 Credits" value="2"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/3 Credits" value="1"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coin B" tag="DSW1" mask="12">
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/1 Credit" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit" value="12" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/2 Credits" value="8"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/3 Credits" value="4"/>
              <dipswitch name="Type of Tape" tag="DSW1" mask="48">
                     <dipvalue name="MT (Big)" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="invalid?" value="16"/>
                     <dipvalue name="invalid?" value="32"/>
                     <dipvalue name="MD (Small)" value="48" default="yes"/>
              <dipswitch name="Cabinet" tag="DSW1" mask="64">
                     <dipvalue name="Upright" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Cocktail" value="64"/>
              <dipswitch name="Lives" tag="DSW2" mask="1">
                     <dipvalue name="3" value="1" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="5" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Bonus Life" tag="DSW2" mask="6">
                     <dipvalue name="20000" value="6" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="30000" value="4"/>
                     <dipvalue name="40000" value="2"/>
                     <dipvalue name="50000" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Enemies" tag="DSW2" mask="8">
                     <dipvalue name="4" value="8" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="6" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="End of Level Pepper" tag="DSW2" mask="16">
                     <dipvalue name="No" value="16" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Yes" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Country Code" tag="DSW2" mask="224">
                     <dipvalue name="A" value="224" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="B" value="192"/>
                     <dipvalue name="C" value="160"/>
                     <dipvalue name="D" value="128"/>
                     <dipvalue name="E" value="96"/>
                     <dipvalue name="F" value="64"/>
              <driver status="good" emulation="good" color="good" sound="good" graphic="good" savestate="unsupported" palettesize="56"/>

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