Video Game / Papa Louie Arcade

Papa Louie Arcade (or Papa's Gameriawhat? ) is an umbrella term for the platform games Papa Louie and its More Popular Spin-off of Time Management Games, all set in a universe themed around food. They are produced by the Ohio-based Flipline Studios.

Papa Louie: When Pizzas Attack! is an arcade-style platformer where you must rescue people from evil mutant food as you prepare to battle the nefarious Sarge. The sequel, Papa Louie: When Burgers Attack, features new playable customers with their own weapons, new enemies, and new skills as you battle Sarge, who has been demoted to The Dragon, and Big Bad Radley Madish.

The Gameria games have you working as a restaurateur of different restaurants serving up a variety of hungry customers with a hands-on approach to preparing the food, judging you for cooking and presentation in addition to ordering speed. You earn tips along the way, which you can use to earn upgrades for your restaurant, both to improve productivity and keep your customers entertained as they wait. Every week you also earn a large paycheck, which can be raised through working up the rankings.

    Games in the Papa Louie Arcade series (in order of release): 
  • Papa Louie: When Pizzas Attack!
  • Papa's Pizzeria
  • Papa's Burgeria
  • Papa's Taco Mia
  • Papa's Freezeria
  • Papa's Pancakeria
  • Papa's Wingeria
  • Papa's Hot Doggeria
  • Papa Louie 2: When Burgers Attack!
  • Papa's Cupcakeria
  • Papa's Pastaria
  • Papa's Donuteria
  • Papa Louie 3: When Sundaes Attack!
  • Papa's Cheeseria
  • Papa's Bakeria
    Tablet (HD) and Smartphone (To Go!) ports of Papa Louie Arcade games (in order of release): 
  • Papa's Burgeria HD
  • Papa's Burgeria To Go!
  • Papa's Freezeria HD
  • Papa's Freezeria To Go!
  • Papa's Wingeria HD
  • Papa's Pizzaria To Go!
  • Papa's Cupcakeria To Go!
  • Papa's Cupcakeria HD
  • Papa's Taco Mia HD (Coming Soon)

Starting with Pancakeria, you can spend tickets you earn during your shift to win prizes in Foodini's mini-games in between rounds.

You can visit their website here.

This game series contains examples of:

  • And a Diet Coke: Big Pauly's preferred drink order in Hot Doggeria.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: You can earn these as prizes in Foodini's mini-games.
  • Art Evolution: The artistic abilities of the creators have steadily improved over the course of the series. One of the selling points of Bakeria is that it features all new art for every character, especially ones that haven't been redrawn in years such as Wally and Penny.
  • Ascended Glitch: When making When Pizzas Attack, the programmers missed one enemy when replacing placeholder graphics, resulting in there being a lone cheese wheel (far less anthropomorphic than the other food-based baddies) in the game. When Burgers Attack also has a lone cheese wheel enemy, but this time on purpose.
    • This has become a Running Gag with the release of When Sundaes Attack, which has a lone cheesecake wheel enemy.
  • Big Eater: Many of the fat customers such as Big Pauly, Kahuna, and Kingsley tend to order large portions of food, though several skinny ones do, too. Some of Big Pauly's orders include large sundae cups, large drink and popcorn, sundaes full of Creameos, no veggies in his hamburger and pancakes with too much whipped cream and chocolate.
  • Bland-Name Product: The Creameos (Oreos), Nutty Butter Cups (Reese's Peanut Butter Cups), and Yum&M's (M&M's) mixables in Freezeria, as well as the Candy Jack (Cracker Jack) popcorn and Dr. Cherry (Dr. Pepper) soda in Hot Doggeria.
  • Boring but Practical: The doorbell, the cheapest upgrade in any game in the series past Pizzeria. It alerts you when a customer walks in if you're busy in some other station. Once you have it, it's easy to take it for granted, until you decide to go back and try out Pizzeria and suddenly find yourself losing order points for several customers because you were carefully arranging toppings and never noticed them walk in.
  • Caustic Critic: Averted with Jojo the food critic, first appearing in Taco Mia. If he really likes the dish you serve, he'll give you a blue ribbon, encouraging customers to give you higher tips for three days.
  • Couch Gag: Starting in Taco Mia, the beginning of day cutscene changes from day to day.
  • Creator Cameo: The founders of Flipline Studios and creators of the Papa Gameria webgames, Tony Solary and Matt Neff, appear as customers in the games and have appeared since Burgeria. Tony's wife, Mandi, also appears as a customer in the games and was even a playable chef in Wingeria.
    • Tony is also a playable chef in Papa's Donuteria after he won the 4th annual Papa's Next Chefs tournament, a yearly challenge set up by Flipline Studios to find chefs for their new games.
  • Disco Dan: Timm became one of these ever since Taco Mia.
  • Double Jump: Scooter, Connor & Peggy have this as their skill in Papa Louie 2.
  • Early Game Hell: Most gamerias are at their hardest during the first few weeks, before you've managed to buy all the most important upgrades and a decent selection of lobby decorations.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Pizzeria lacks a lot of the things people have come to expect from the later games, such as shop upgrades and achievements. The interface is slightly different, such as the order-taking button being below the ticket holder rather than above the customer's head as in later games. Those used to the later games' interface might be a bit confused when going back to this one.
    • The first Papa Louie game also qualifies. In that game, despite rescuing the customers, you can only play as the titular character instead of the sequels' option to play as the customers as well. You can't Goomba Stomp the enemies, while in the sequels you can. Papa also has a second attack in the form of pepper bombs, but they're not infinite and have to be either found or bought from Big Pauly, while the sequels forego this and each character has their own unique attack methods. The pepper bombs also hurt Papa, while in the sequels, any bomb-throwing character won't get hurt by their own attack. Finally, in addition of rescuing the customers, defeating the special monster is required to beat the level (the pizza monsters turn back into normal pizza and Papa has to carry each of them to the goal) while the sequels only do this for completion/more character unlocks.
  • Excuse Plot: Each game begins with a cutscene explaining why your character is working at Papa Louie's latest restaurant.
  • Floating Limbs: Shown on all characters, albeit only their legs.
  • Hailfire Peaks: Each level in the platforming games is Level Ate, mixed with another Stock Video Game Setting.
  • Happily Adopted: The X Twins Xandra and Xolo are confirmed to be this, with Edna being their adoptive mother.
  • Hash House Lingo: The Special Order mechanic introduced in Cheeseria often invokes this trope.
  • High-Class Glass: Georgito, who owns a casino in Starlight City where Wingeria is set.
  • Holiday Mode: Starting with Cupcakeria, there is an in-game year system, with seasonal ingredients that can only be used certain times of the year and holidays such as Christmas, Halloween, and Chillifest.
  • Informed Attribute: Some customers, most obviously Radlynn, have names and designs that clearly point to Trademark Favorite Foods that none of the Gamerias they've appeared in have on their menus.
  • Kitschy-Themed Restaurant: Wingeria clearly invokes this feel.
  • Live Mink Coat: Crystal, who debuted in Pastaria, has a pet mink named Cannoli around her neck.
  • Mad Scientist: Professor Fitz. In fact, his weapon in PL 2 was a group of beakers.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Utah, who lives on Calypso Island (Freezeria's setting) despite her name. Her sister Nevada (debuting in Cupcakeria) is the same.
  • Official Couple:
    • A Flipdeck confirmed Penny/Alberto (the chefs from Papa's Freezeria) as this.
    • Rudy and Scarlett, it's even confirmed before Rudy makes his debut.
    • Rhonda's Flipdeck confirms that she and Rico are dating.
  • Premiseville: Every town established as part of the Papa Louie world except Calypso Island, Starlight City, and Sakura Bay (as in the Sakura Bay Samurais, a baseball team in Hot Doggeria) is a food reference.
  • Production Foreshadowing: The first four games after Hot Doggeria take place in the home town of one of the baseball teams from Hot Doggeria.
  • Promoted to Playable: Every playable character except Papa Louie himself, Joy in Pizzaria To Go!, and Yui in When Sundaes Attack was introduced as an NPC before becoming playable.
  • Put on a Bus: Some of the customers sat out one or more of the early games, in order to keep file sizes down.
  • Scout Out: Yippy, who is a member of the Cookie Scouts.
  • Sequel Difficulty Drop: Papa's Pizzeria is harder than later gamerias for many reasons, mostly involving the order and bake stations.
  • Sequel Difficulty Spike: And then Taco Mia adds closers (customers that demand higher service quality than normal customers), and increases the amount of Dexterity Required by introducing particle physics to the build station. Still not as much of a spike as Pizzeria to Burgeria was a drop, except for the first in-game week or two.
    • Bakeria increases the difficulty by doing away with extra tips and tickets for achievements, instead giving you stickers that unlock outfits for your customers. Customers you see either every single day for in-game months on end, making the new outfits get stale quickly, or that pop in once in a blue moon, which means you barely get a chance to enjoy the new outfit. The "you have no money" Early Game Hell is now full game hell. Have fun trying to keep your lobby freshness up when you can only afford 2 or 3 decorations a week.
    • They also increased the difficulty of Papa's Raceway, one of the minigames: now, from the earliest levels, your opponents will box you in, force you to hit oil slicks and traffic cones, make sure you don't hit boosts, and steal all the coins that increase your speed, unless you get lucky.
  • Set Bonus: Starting in Hot Doggeria, lobby decorations only give the full listed bonus if used alongside at least two other decorations of the same theme.
  • Shout-Out: There are several other Flipline games, including Cactus McCoy. In fact, in Papa's Pancakeria, when you unlock milk with Marty, the image representing it is Steak from Steak and Jake.
    • The Badge "Better Than Papa!" (when you reach reach a high enough rank).
    • Donuteria has the Pon de Ring donut from the Mister Donut franchise available as a seasonal item during the Sky Ninja Returns festival.
      • Also from Donuteria is Alberto's order, which includes a Homer Simpson-style donut with strawberry frosting and sprinkes.
    • Breakfast Blast is a clear homage to the clay pigeon mode of Duck Hunt, particularly in Pancakeria, where Pickle the dog or Cookie the cat will encourage/mock the player like the famous Duck Hunt dog. (They're replaced with Foodini for the minigame's appearance in Wingeria, and the game was retired in Hot Doggeria due to complaints from fans about its difficulty)
    • Carlo Romano's burger order in Burgeria resembles a Big Mac.
  • Super Strength: James, Rico & Captain Cori are capable of pushing boulders around. Special mention to Captain Cori, whose weapon is an anchor.
  • Tastes Like Purple: Often, when a customer can't order their Trademark Favorite Food, they tend to order something of the same color.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: In any given game, every customer except Jojo has a favorite order they will ask for whenever they have the option, and a lot of customers have similar favorite orders from one game to another.
    • Most customers that reference a When Food Attacks baddie in their outfit have what that baddie is made of as a Trademark Favorite Food.
  • Violation of Common Sense: Cupcakeria gives you an achievement for burning Santa's cupcakes.
    • Doubly so with the "sticker" system in Bakeria, which includes "throw away 5 fully cooked pies in one day" and various stickers that require you to make your pies incorrectly. This is basically throwing what little money the game lets you have into the wind, since unlike achievements in earlier games, you don't get extra tips or minigame tickets for getting the stickers. You just get a sticker and one alternate outfit for every customer.
  • You Mean Xmas: In every gameria with a holiday system, the July holiday is Starlight Jubilee (or BBQ in Cheeseria), which is celebrated with red, white, and blue star patterned decorations and fireworks.