Papa Louie runs fast food enterprises in a town with the most weirdly specific customers in creation. If you've played Flipline's wildly successful restaurant sim Papa's Pizzeria, you know that round these parts, nobody blinks an eye at customers who ask for a pizza with two and exactly two pieces of pepperoni per slice. These same customers will patronize your business in Papa's Burgeria. Here comes a customer who wants a well-done burger with a pickle, then a tomato slice, then a dollop of mayo. Put the tomato on before the pickle? You're taking your life into your hands, bub. Get it right, and hear that wonderful sound of a fat tip hitting the tip jar.
An excellent (if sometimes a little hand-holding) tutorial shows you the path to burger domination. On the order screen, you'll write down the exact instructions for your customer's ideal burger. Over to the grill, where you can drag out some burgers. Mouse over them to check how done they are, and when they're halfway to the point desired, click to flip them over. Once perfectly cooked, drag them to the side and hop over to the build station. Follow the order sheet exactly, dragging bun, burger, and toppings in the right order. Try not to make the thing look like the leaning tower of Beef-sa, ok? When everything's done, top the burger with the top piece of bun, which will send the burger onto a tray. Drag the ticket down onto the tray and you'll present your meaty offering for grading. Drum roll and... it's a trifecta of perfect scores! Well, at least you hope it is. The higher the score, the happier the customer, which not only means a good tip now, but also adds a point to his or her "star gauge". Once the gauge fills up completely, you'll earn star badges, all the way to a gold star customer. Gold star customers tip the most of all.
By making your customers happy, you'll earn customer points which will improve your rankings. As you move up in the rankings, new customers start coming by, and the overall complexity of the orders and number of things you have to juggle at once increases. However, you can use all those tips you've been collecting in the upgrade shop between levels, buying things to keep your customers happy while they wait and tools like doorbells and meat warmers to help you keep things rolling backstage.
Analysis: I spent a slightly embarrassing amount of time on Papa's Pizzeria back in the day, playing the game steadily for months until I had gold-starred each and every customer (and I have the Kongregate badge to prove it). The sequel has the same kind of long-term addictive appeal. This isn't a game that you play for hours at a stretch. It's the same thing over and over, pretty much, and new customers are more "the same thing only kicked up a notch" than "new and exciting twist". But it is a game that calls to you pretty regularly for "just one level". Each level takes only a few minutes to play, so it's a perfect game for coffee breaks, and you definitely get a sense of long-term progress as your customer roster grows and your burger joint fills up with posters, a TV and a gumball machine, yum.
Just like the previous game, Papa's Burgeria stands out from its time management brethren by making you really do everything yourself. You don't just click on a station and send your avatar scurrying to assemble a burger--you yourself squeeze the mustard and arrange the lettuce just so, adding an element of skill to the usual timing challenges. Another great advantage is that because of the focus on improving customers as individuals and building customer points as a whole, you can never get to a point where you get stuck on a level through inability to hit a target (and therefore can't progress at all in the game). There's no target, so even if you have a terrible time on a level, you can never go backwards in the game as a whole. The absolute worst thing that can happen to you is if you treat a customer really badly, like you serve them a burger that's burnt on one side and raw on the other and you forget all their toppings, their star gauge can drop to zero, which is a set-back but not insurmountable. This helps balance the admittedly hectic pace and the series' hallmark ordering neuroticism.
When it comes to simulation games in flash, it doesn't get any better than this series. Papa's Burgeria's burger-flipping fun just might make you forget that your own lunch break is slipping away.