by Joy Alexis Barker
Fast food, a universal experience, has been a longtime playground on which a slew of zany concepts have been molded, like clay out of the earth, into amusement.
With over 84.8 million people indulging in burgers, fries, and milkshakes galore every single day, it’s no surprise that video game developers would jump in on fast food joints for inspiration.
Thus, classics sprung up left and right to serve eager consumers. Some, directly based on real life restaurants, and others, their own, original, fictitious brands.
In 2021, a Dominoes Pizza commercial aired bringing back an old 80’s anti-mascot, a gremlin rabbit mutant called The Noid, who tries to derail pizza deliveries, and the challenging slogan,”Avoid The Noid!”, which was fit for a platformer game, Yo! Noid which had been released in the 1990’s, and even has a part two.
McDonald’s Treasure Land Adventure
This isn’t the only McDonald’s game, but it’s one of them, made for the Sega Genesis by Treasure, perfectly capturing the sunny energy of the sentimental restaurant.
The Burger King Three (PocketBike Racer, Big Bumpin’, and Sneak King)
With the release of the Xbox 360, Burger King made three exclusive games for the system to celebrate. Each could be purchased at whatever restaurant for $5.00. They were PocketBike Racer, Big Bumpin’, and Sneak King, starring the creepy king mascot who has to solid snake his way through many levels to deliver burgers. I played all three of these games as a child with my Dad, and my personal favorite is Sneak King.
As the title suggests, you can guess what it is centered around! Released in 1982, the objective of Fast Food is to eat as fast as you can, while avoiding purple pickles. It is a great warm up for an actual meal from your local fast food place of choice with family or friends, or an eating contest.
Now of course, to keep this article short and sweet, there are many other fast food-based games not mentioned. But the above mentioned titles are indications that this tango between the fast food and gaming industries will continue for as long as there is fast food and games.
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