Beef Drop - Atari 400/800/XL/XE



Cartridge Style:  Charcoal (Translucent)        Light Gray (Opaque)      

AtariAge user Ken "kenfused" Siders has ported the popular arcade game Burgertime to the Atari 8-bit computers, giving it the name Beef Drop. Burgertime was ported to many home game consoles and computer systems, including the Intellivision, ColecoVision, Atari 2600, Nintendo Entertainment System, but a faithful port has never found its way to Atari 8-bit computers before now. While a disk-based version of Burgertime was released for the Atari 8-bit computers, this version has been written from scratch to be more accurate to the arcade version than the older 8-bit port.

This new version of Burgertime began life as an April Fool's joke in our Atari 5200 Forum and quickly turned into a real homebrew development effort! Originally released for the Atari 5200, Ken Siders updated the game to work with Atari 8-bit computers.

We held a Beef Drop Label Contest to design an original label for Beef Drop, and the contest was won by Henry Lee. Henry's label design graces the label and manual, with additional artwork featured inside the manual. Beef Drop includes the cartridge and 12-page, full-color manual. Beef Drop is also available for the Atari 5200.

Choose Cartridge Style

You can purchase Beef Drop in one of two cartridge styles: a translucent charcoal color or an opaque light gray color. Both are pictured below. You can choose which style you prefer at the top of the page. There is no price difference between the two styles. If you do not make a selection, you will receive the translucent charcoal cartridge shell by default.

Beef Drop Cartridge Styles

Additional Information

Beef Drop requires an Atari 8-bit Computer with 32K of RAM. Beef Drop includes game cartridge and full-color, 12-page manual.

Author Ken Siders
Number of Players 1 - 2
Controller Joystick
Cartridge Size 32K
Label Design Henry Lee
Manual Design Tony "Xot" Morse
Chris Hauk on 03/14/2022 11:34am
Beef Drop is one of the best versions of Burgertime I've ever played, especially among the 8-bit machines. The various difficulty levels help this old fart keep playing, allowing me to experience multiple levels instead of just one or two.
William Kendrick on 06/08/2020 10:24pm
Beef Drop is top-notch. RIP kenfused ;-(
Mark Lechman on 06/20/2014 08:30pm
Top notch conversion, plays just like the real thing. One word of warning, the game wouldn't work on my 400, I had to use my 800. Maybe a RAM issue? I don't know, but it's totally worth every penny!
Bruce Philip on 10/12/2006 11:20pm
Take Burgertime, in all of it's glory, and change the name to "Beef Drop". This is exactly what you will get. The game is a completely faithful recreation of the classic. This is much welcome, as "Burgertime" was never released for the Atari 8-bit computers in cartridge form. A disk version was released, but it was quite a terrible conversion. Ken's version is right on the mark.. down to the slightest details. The graphics are great, the sound is great, and the control is just like you remember. An absolute fantastic game as well as a very welcome addition to my Atari 8-bit computer collection. Since (as of this writing) this is the ONLY homebrew title on AA for the 8-bit computer, I certainly hope Ken creates some more games. This game is MORE than worth the purchase. If you are a serious 8-bit cart collector, you NEED this one in your collection...period.

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