After showing the game at GDC, MonkeyPaw Games has officially announced BurgerTime HD, its first experiment in "evolving" a retro game as opposed to merely re-releasing it. The announcement adds lots of meaty information to the, uh, news ... wich.

The updated version of Data East's classic burger-stacking platformer is being developed by Frozen Codebase, and it's coming to XBLA, PSN, PC and WiiWare "early this summer," according to MonkeyPaw president John Greiner. A peck of Peter Peppers will be able to play together, since the game now includes four-player online multiplayer, along with split-screen local multiplayer. Leaderboards, DLC and chat will help add a modern flavor to this culinary concoction.

We'll let MonkeyPaw describe the updated gameplay, since we don't know if we'd ever be able to generate a sentence this wonderful on our own: "A unique cylindrical playing field reinvigorates the familiar classic gameplay of creating enormous hamburgers while fending off wieners, condiments and spices." The enlarged 3D landscapes offer "numerous paths of burger creation."

Screens of all three console versions are available after the break.
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MonkeyPaw Games Announces Retro Revamp BurgerTime HD

Reborn classic will make its delicious digital download debut this summer

Hokkaido, Japan – March 30, 2011 - MonkeyPaw Games is proud to announce the official digital download release of BurgerTime HD, a transformed version of the original classic puzzler. Hungry gamers - new and old - can now rest assured that their fast food favorite will return this summer as BurgerTime HD releases on Xbox LIVE® Arcade, PlayStation®Network, Nintendo's WiiWareTM service and PC.

A unique cylindrical playing field reinvigorates the familiar classic gameplay of creating enormous hamburgers while fending off wieners, condiments and spices. The rich 3D world allows players to see the entire landscape of a level while figuring out the fastest way to the next burger. By strategically mapping the obstacle-littered platforms, numerous paths of burger creation can be explored.

Four-player online, split-screen local multiplayer and other savory ingredients will be showcased for the first time. Starving bosses, pepper shakers and the devilish Mr Egg will be featured in Chef Peter Pepper's recipe for culinary dominance.

"It's been 29 years since the original debut and now BurgerTime is back and much better than ever. By creating unique platform features while faithfully retaining the original gameplay, BurgerTime HD will redefine retro evolution", said John Greiner, President of MonkeyPaw Games. "We also love the fact that playing the game makes our team really hungry."


About BurgerTime HD

BurgerTime HD is an extension of the original 1982 classic that involves creating gigantic burgers while dodging zany condiments trying to thwart the culinary formations of Chef Peter Pepper. Featuring all-new visuals including a brand-new cylindrical playing field and puzzle- platforming levels, BurgerTime HD combines exotic elements of bosses, powerups and multiplayer (online and split screen) to satisfy gamers' fast food tastebuds. BurgerTime HD will be available for Xbox LIVE® Arcade, PlayStation®Network, Nintendo's WiiWareTM service and PC this summer.

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This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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