One of the many signs of success for an internet meme is having games play off of its popularity. If you’re reading this on the internet and not our nonexistent print edition, you know about lolcats. A famous lolcats picture, and now the namesake of a lolcats website, has the caption, ‘I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER?’ Paying a sort of homage to this is Burger Cat, a puzzle game with the same cuteness of one of those pictures but also requiring the same attention span.
The plot of Burger Cat is simple and funny, which earns it some points. A cat dressed like a chef is grilling up some burgers and decides to add nitroglycerin as a secret ingredient. The resulting explosion flings the burgers into sixty levels of puzzles, and you have to solve each to retrieve the lost treasures.
Better than cat burger.
Each puzzle requires you to change the environment to allow the poor cook of a cat to proceed to the burger unhindered. You are given a range of tools to do this, from wands that add a square of land to umbrellas that protect from falling acid. The tools remind us of Minecraft, and we like the unique feeling of power that comes with changing a puzzle’s environment.
For this same reason, there is almost always more than one way to solve each puzzle, and it isn’t uncommon to find a solution without using all of the allotted tools. This goes unrewarded, sadly, as the game lacks any meaningful achievements to inspire creative gameplay– the current achievements are just unlocked by playing a lot, not playing any particular way, which detracts greatly from its replay value.
The stuff of English teachers’ nightmares.
Once you’ve altered the environment as you desire within your numbered uses of each available tool, you can press the play button to watch your cat protagonist climb stairs of land, bounce on well-placed trampolines, and chase after toy mice placed to keep the cat away from spinning blades and other dangers, guiding it in a way that invokes the game Lemmings. You can pause and use tools at any point in the cat’s progress, and some puzzles even required doing this, which adds a nice level of difficulty to an otherwise easy game.
Burger Cat is a polished game with a good number of levels, but its lack of meaningful achievements and any great difficulty left us wanting more after retrieving all of the cat’s burgers. Wanting more of a game is a good sign, of course, which is what pushed this game into 3 territory. So go ahead, give the cat a cheezburger. Just don’t repeat the action outside of the game.