Total time played: 2 hours
Short review: A platformer full of amusing characters and simple gameplay based around the different courses of a meal. The game is full of style but nothing about the gameplay makes it stand apart from other NES platformers.
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Panic Restaurant is a game I never thought I would own due to its rarity and inflated price. I was lucky enough to run across the game right as I changed jobs and was able to cash in some vacation time to buy it. The game is better than I expected but it isn’t a classic.
I did not beat the game on my first sitting but I did beat it on my second sitting. I took a day off work after leaving my old job and before starting my new job; it was a dreary day so I played Panic Restaurant and beat it. There are 6 levels each based around a different meal course starting with appetizer and ending with dessert. Your character is a chef and the bosses are all food; a hamburger, chickens in an oven, a pan of popcorn, an ice cream cone, etc…