Publisher: Activision.

Action, 1 or 2 players (alternating) 1983

The delightful game has players maneuvering an animated chef around a colorfully detailed kitchen (it includes a fiery oven), catching instantly recognizable burger parts (tomatoes, onions, lettuce and cheese) and placing them on hamburgers that come down a conveyor belt.  When a burger has been assembled, it’s on to the next screen to place the completed order down to the correct chute.  Pressure Cooker definitely keeps the pressure on as players must juggle up to three orders at once. The game is hard on the brain (quick thinking is a must), but easy on the eyes.

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