Another game by the makers of such bizarre NES games as Bubble Bobble,
Panic Restaurant is a side-scrolling platform hopper, not unlike the
Super Mario Bros. series. In this particular twist on a familiar
game style, you play as a chef who fights off various food-themed
enemies with a fairly bizarre set of weaponry - frying pans, spoons,
and forks to name a few.
Bouncing carrots and legged eggs are
no match for a good cast-iron skillet
A gigantic grinning popcorn-launching
frying pan might require some heavier artillery, though
Pounding enemies into submission nets you coins, which can be used in
the end-stage minigame; basically a big slot machine that nets you
prizes when you make a winning roll. Landing three candies in a
row, for example, will extend your chef's life gauge, enabling him to
take an extra hit before croaking. Also available are extra lives
and large amounts of points. Not sure what landing three purple
X's in a row will do, though.
Beware the rolling pizzas and dancing
puddings as you reach for your goal
can't hurt me! Not with my pan helmet!
Panic Restaurant's mode of invincibility, the "pan
helmet," causes your chef to spin around, clobbering anything he comes
into contact with. Like all unstoppable super-weapons, though,
it's life is limited, wearing off after about ten seconds.
One of the game's more useless weapons, the bouncing
fork. Basically, if you jump on something, it destroys it.
If you're slightly off, though, you take damage and are back down to
Another of the game's weird bosses, a bouncing green oven that launches
chickens can be swatted away with any conventional weapon, but the oven
may be difficult to avoid; when it approaches your character, stay near
the edge of the room and you should be able to dodge it by either
running under it or staying in the corner as it bounces off the wall.
This is another of Panic Retaurant's mini-games, Catch the Fish.
You basically try to grab fish as they leap from the water, but if you
slip up and grab a black fish, it explodes and you lose.
Okay, I'm not very good at this.
One-line Synopsis: If you're a fan of
Taito or platformers, you'll probably enjoy Panic Restaurant.