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Papa Louie 2: When Burgers Attack – The Papa’s Games originator reminds us why platforming will always be the king
The Fastest Food
The Papa Louie games have always been about slickly-presented, frightfully addictive time-management scenarios. It’s a hugely successful game series that has propagated outwards and upwards in the flash and mobile gaming world. The game under review today is a sequel to the original Papa Louie, a game that started off this successful franchise. Papa Louie 2: When Burgers Attack is another romp through the world of fast-food themed platform gaming. It’s a world away from the time-management action of the other Papa’s restaurant games, but similar enough to be an extension of their action while offering a fresh platforming format.
Papa Louie 2’s gameplay sticks to core Papa Louie series’ platform-game style. Though all of the Papa’s restaurant games, such as Papa’s Hotdoggeria, are strictly time-management games, When Burgers Attack has you navigating various levels in search of coins, power-ups, and also captures customers of the restaurant. You’re not in the restaurant here though: you’re in a weird universe where all sorts of food items have come alive and are waiting to attack you.
Use the arrow keys to move around each of the levels. You can attack by pressing the Spacebar – this allows you to swipe at your enemies in order to defeat them before they can knock into you can deplete your limited number of lives that are available. If you want, you can also jump onto most enemies, stunning them as you do so and rendering them motionless for a second or two whilst you dispatch them with your spatula.
It’s safe to say that although Papa Louie 2’s format is that of a classic platformer, the fast-food subject matter serves to make the experience entirely unique. You can’t not be amused at the fact that onions are walking around and burgers are hopping from left to right, attempting to slow you down or stop you completely. It’s up to you to rescue all of the captures customers, and you’ll do so at the end of each of the game’s levels.
Statistically, You’re Even Saving the Vegetarians
One of the key features of Papa Louie 2 is that you’re not just playing as one character. You choose between a male or female protagonist at the outset, sure, but there are more characters than this! You are able to play as each of the characters that you rescue (even the vegetarian-looking ones). Some of the characters you manage to retrieve also have special abilities that can be used in each of the levels in order to further your progress.
The game’s even got a sprinkling of RPG elements to make things even more, shall we say, tasty. Though you cannot upgrade your characters, there are certain levels or areas within a level that can only be accessed with certain characters. This effectively forces you to utilise the game’s array of rescued persons in order to complete it. Each of the characters even has their own signature weapon (such as Prudence’s dog-squeak toy), and it’s a great move from Flipline Studios to add continuity to the game by having you rescue characters that have appeared in various Papa’s restaurant games.
More than a One-Pound Fish
Papa Louie 2 is more than just a flash in the pan. It’s a platform game that has the potential for considerable longevity, which is impressive for a flash game. Its levels are varied in design, and there are well over 20 characters from the Papa’s restaurant games to discover. Compared to other platforms, the gameplay may be as standard as it gets – simply move, attack, and collect your way through each level – but it’s still enjoyable, and even more so for existing Papa Louie fans due to the familiar characters that come into play.
Finally, the game’s visual style is typical of the Papa Louie game series. It’s not hugely polished or entirely free of sloppy illustration, but it’s got a charm to it, and the colours/textures really work in the game’s favour, as does the unique design of each of the characters and also the enemies you encounter. No, you won’t find a visual style as distinctive as some of the top-notch platform games of this era (from Super Mario to Limbo), but it’s a flash game, and it’ll damn well do for a casual bit of fun.