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Another Sunday means another episode of 1001 Video Games You
Must Play Before You Die, the (hopefully) weekly series where I play
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
experience. If I haven't played the game before, then I find an online
or an emulator and I play the game (for at least 30 minutes). This is a
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
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.
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
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.
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)