Another Sunday means another episode of 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die, the (hopefully) weekly series where I play through all of the games listed in the book - 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die. If I played the game before, then I will share my memory of the experience. If I haven't played the game before, then I find an online version or an emulator and I play the game (for at least 30 minutes). This is a book every gamer should have in their library, and if you're interested in purchasing it, you can find it here.

My gosh, is it Sunday already? Where does the time go? Well, if it's Sunday I guess I know what I'll be blogging about tonight. It's time for another episode of 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die. Last week featured an oddball sort of game called Manic Miner. It was an interesting and challenging game that I never played before, but I did look it up and find a place to play it. I'm excited to see what tonight has to offer, so let's get to it. It's none other than...


Tapper, also known as Root Beer Tapper, is a 1983 arcade game released by Bally Midway. The goal of the game is to serve beer (or root beer) and collect empty mugs and tips. Tapper puts the player in the shoes of a bartender. The player must serve eager, thirsty patrons before their patience expires.

The Tapper game screen features four bars. Patrons arrive periodically at the end of the bar opposite the player and demand drinks. The player must draw and serve drinks to the patrons as they slowly advance towards the player. If any customers reach the player's end of the bar, they grab the player-as-bartender and toss him out the far end of the bar, costing the player a life. (SOURCE: Wikipedia)

Hah Hah. I can't believe this game made the list. Not saying its bad, just an odd selection. I have most certainly played this game before. Actually, the first time I ever saw it was in a bar (I was just a kid, maybe 10 or 11 or 12) and so I didn't get to play it (and don't ask what I was doing in a bar as a minor - I blame my parent). But eventually when it was modified to "serve" root beer, it was in a couple of our local arcades. Admittedly, I was never very good at it - and am still not very good at it. Having read there were a few makes of the game, I went ahead and looked it up and played one of the online versions of the game. And I'm still not very good at it. I have slow reflexes I guess. If you want to  try it, you can find an online version here.

Originally sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, the first arcade versions sported a "Budweiser" motif (the Budweiser theme song was actually used in the arcade game). The machine was intended to be sold to bars with many of the cabinets designed to look like bars-complete with a brass rail footrest and drink holders. The very first machines had game controllers that were actual Budweiser beer tap handles, which were later replaced by smaller, cheaper, plastic "beer taps" with the Budweiser logo on them.

The game would go to be ported to a number of systems which I owned. I feel like I played it either on the Atari 2600 or maybe the Commodore 64, but I can't recall for sure. I do know I played it several times in the arcade. The game certainly has an interesting history and hey...even makes an appearance in Wreck-It Ralph.

Tapper is one of the featured games in Disney's Wreck-It Ralph. After the video arcade closes for the night, characters from other games often gather in the bar to have a drink and relax. Wreck-It Ralph visits the bartender (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) to see if he knows of any games that would offer out medals. One wall of the bar displays Sardi's-like caricature pictures of video game celebrities as well as a caricature picture of the film's director Rich Moore. Around the end of the film, the bartender is among the video game characters that attend Fix-It Felix Jr. and Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun's wedding.

I suppose it's a fun game - not much to it. As previously mentioned, I am surprised it was included in this book because of how simple of a concept it is. Regardless, it's in the book and it's a game I've played. So, another game check-marked off of the 1001 video games you must play before you die. I'm glad to have played it and I guess we'll see what next week holds.

Until then...

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.


Previous Episodes:

Episode 1: 01 - 05 (here)

Episode 2: 06 - 10 (here)

Episode 3: 11 - 15 (here)

Episode 4: 16 - 20 (here)

Episode 5: 21 - 25 (here)

Episode 6: 26 - 30 (here)

Episode 7: 31 - 35 (here)

Episode 8: 36 - 40 (here)

Episode 41 (here)

Episode 42 (here)

Episode 43 (here)

Episode 44 (here)

Episode 45 (here)

Episode 46 (here)

Episode 47 (here)

Episode 48 (here)

Episode 49 (here)

Episode 50 (here)

Episode 51 (here)

Episode 52 (here)

Episode 53 (here)

Episode 54 (here)

Episode 55 (here)

Episode 56 (here)

Episode 57 (here)

Episode 58 (here)

Episode 59 (here)

Episode 60 (here)

Episode 61 (here)

Episode 62 (here)