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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.


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    Games in the Papa Louie Arcade series (in order of release): 
  • Papa Louie: When Pizzas Attack! (November 29, 2006)
  • Papa's Pizzeria (August 7, 2007)
  • Papa's Burgeria (December 6, 2010)
  • Papa's Taco Mia (May 20, 2011)
  • Papa's Freezeria (August 5, 2011)
  • Papa's Pancakeria (March 5, 2012)
  • Papa's Wingeria (June 13, 2012)
  • Papa's Hot Doggeria (November 19, 2012)
  • Papa Louie 2: When Burgers Attack! (June 5, 2013)
  • Papa's Cupcakeria (August 7, 2013)
  • Papa's Pastaria (December 9, 2013)
  • Papa's Donuteria (June 16, 2014)
  • Papa Louie 3: When Sundaes Attack! (March 4, 2015)
  • Papa's Cheeseria (June 10, 2015)
  • Papa's Bakeria (March 14, 2016)
  • Papa's Sushiria (December 13, 2016)
  • Papa's Scooperia (July 24, 2018)

    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
  • Papa's Taco Mia To Go!
  • Papa's Pancakeria HD
  • Papa's Pizzeria HD
  • Papa's Hot Doggeria HD and Papa's Hot Doggeria To Go!
  • Papa's Scooperia HD and Papa's Scooperia To Go!
  • Papa's Pancakeria To Go!
  • Papa's Wingeria To Go!
  • Papa's Donuteria To Go!note 
  • Papa’s Cheeseria To Go!

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

See also Jacksmith, another Time Management Game by Flipline Studios. You can visit their website here.


This game series contains examples of:

  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: An April Fools post in 2017 has Guy Mortadello revealed to have taken over the entirety of Papa Louie's restaurant franchise and replaced all the employees with robots called BotWurst's. A fake competition called "Guy's Last Chef 2017" had the public vote on out of all the chefs that Guy planned to fire, who stays behind on the BotWurst's maintenance.
  • 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. Bakeria introduced these for other customers if you earn specific stickers.
  • Anti-Frustration Feature:
    • In most of the games, once you've earned a Gold Customer Appreciation Award from a customer, that customer shows up less often, which keeps the late stages of getting a Gold CAA from every customer from being a Luck-Based Mission.
    • Sushiria allows you to send a customer a coupon in the mail, which guarantees that they'll show up the next day. It's perfect for levelling up customers and achieving stickers pertaining to a certain one. You can't send coupons to closers or Jojo though.
    • Starting in Bakeria, if you're aiming for a sticker that requires you to serve a special to a certain customer, they'll still happily accept it even if they didn't order it, meaning that you'll still get a good score.
  • 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 Bad:
    • Radley Madish in the platforming games.
    • Cheeseria introduces Guy Mortadello, who was revealed to have stolen the player character's instruments likely in retaliation for the Cheeseria getting his last store closed down. He later steals the protagonist's belongings in Scooperia after tricking them into renting a room which was actually the future site of the titular restaurant.
  • Big Eater: Many of the fat customers such as Big Pauly, Kahuna, Kingsley and Mayor Mallow 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.
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: The main gameplay mechanic of the minigame "Hallway Hunt". Using the same mechanics as a Shell Game, you're supposed to keep an eye on the indicated customer before the lights turn off. You then have to follow their eyes until they enter a room, which you have to then select. Later levels make the game harder by adding unrelated customers mid-blackout to throw you off.
  • 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. The worst he does is simply not giving you it.
  • Character Customization: Custom Worker, introduced in Wingeria. You can pick a gender, give your worker a custom name, and change their features and colors. Later entries introduce an optional second one to take customer's orders.
  • 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.
    • In a similar vein, Matt is also a playable chef in Papa's Sushiria after he won a Papa's Next Chefs tournament.
  • Disco Dan: Timm became one of these ever since Taco Mia.
  • Double Jump: Scooter, Connor and 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 to 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.
  • End of an Age: Meta: Due to the planned discontinuation of the Flash plugin on the internet by 2020, Scooperia is the last game to be playable on the website.
  • Evil Counterpart: Guy Mortadello, the Big Bad of Cheeseria is this to Papa Louie. Guy used to own the world's largest fast-food company that sold meat pies which eventually downgraded to barely palatable due to him scrimping on ingredients. He later lost most of his customers when Papa opened the Pizzeria and his last outlet got closed down after the opening of the Cheeseria.
  • Excuse Plot: Each game begins with a cutscene explaining why your character is working at Papa Louie's latest restaurant. Most of the time it's them getting tricked, but some games give another reason such as them willingly applying for the Donuteria since they get a free pass on the popular "Sky Ninja" rollercoaster as an employee. Pastaria has them book a stay at the titular restaurant due to not being able to find a hotel to stay at for the upcoming Romano wedding.
  • Floating Limbs: Shown on all characters, albeit only their legs.
  • Gentle Giant: Mayor Mallow.
  • 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, such as Radlynn and Olivia, have names and designs that clearly point to Trademark Favorite Foods that aren't available in the first few Gamerias they appeared in.
  • An Interior Designer Is You: Starting from Freezeria, you can customize your lobby, changing wallpaper or flooring, putting up posters, and placing furniture.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: In-Universe:
    • In Hot Doggeria, the protagonist applied to work for the titular restaurant in order to get a free pass to the baseball games after the tickets were bought out by Jojo.
    • The protagonist of Donuteria only willingly signed up to work at the titular restaurant since employees get special VIP passes for the rides, which they use to get on the Sky Ninja. However, the ride breaks down right before it starts and it's closed for repairs for a whole year.
  • 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 PL2 was a group of beakers.
    • Radley Madish in the platforming games. He also uses beakers as part of an attack and even has a submarine in When Sundaes Attack which also turns into a rocket.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Utah, who lives on Calypso Island (Freezeria's setting) despite her name. Her sister Nevada (debuting in Cupcakeria) is the same.
  • Obvious Rule Patch: When Bakeria removed the bonus tips for completing achievements, some of the remaining tips sources were buffed to make up for it.
  • 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.
  • Pet the Dog: Papa Louie has some moments regarding the protagonist's misfortunes:
    • In Cheeseria, he offers the protagonist a job at his new restaurant to help pay for replacement instruments after the original ones were stolen. They're eventually recovered which also ends in Guy Mortadello's arrest for larceny.
    • He offers the protagonist a job at the recently-opened Scooperia after they tell him about Guy outright robbing them. Guy is arrested yet again for the same reason, which leads to the protagonist getting their belongings and money back, as well as a golden scooper as a gift from Papa.
    • He offers the protagonist of Bakeria a job after the store they originally signed up for shut down overnight. At the end, he gives them ownership of a replacement store of the same type.
  • Premiseville: Every town established as part of the Papa Louie world except Calypso Island, Starlight City, and Sakura Bay is a food reference.
  • Production Foreshadowing: Six of the twelve baseball teams depicted in Hot Doggeria are references to then upcoming games.
  • 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.
    • According to the blog, Radley Madish fired Sarge at one point, explaining why he's absent from Papa Louie 3.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 sprinkles.
    • In Hot Doggeria, the badge for serving enough orders with Red Hot popcorn is "Some Like It Hot".
    • 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.
    • One of the Ranks in Papa's Bakeria is "Keymaster".
    • The header for the "Quinn's Q&A" on the Blog has Quinn angrily pointing at Matt and Tony like a certain bluffing defense attorney.
  • Super Strength: James, Rico and 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 for 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.
  • Unique Enemy:
    • The Cheese Wheel in Papa Louie 1 and 2 (the former by accident).
    • The Cheesecake Wheel in Papa Louie 3.
  • Violation of Common Sense:
    • Cupcakeria gives you an achievement for burning Santa's cupcakes.
    • From Bakeria on, every game has several achievements that are also examples of this, including "throw away 5 fully cooked pies in one day" and various stickers that require you to fill your orders incorrectly.
  • You Mean "Xmas": In every gameria with a holiday system, the July holiday is either Starlight Jubilee or Starlight BBQ, which are both celebrated with red, white, and blue star patterned decorations and fireworks.


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