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Shack's Arcade Corner: Tapper

Greg Burke is back with a frost mug of old school arcade nostalgia on this week's episode.


We take a look back at Tapper, the classic beered-up arcade game, on this week's episode of Shack's Arcade Corner. The game involved serving patrons at a bar with nice frosty mugs of beer. This later became Root Beer in the more family-friendly version of the game. When the customers finished their beers, the mugs came sliding back towards the bartender. The delicate balance of serving drinks and grabbing empty mugs before they hit the floor creates a fast pace game that is still fun to this very day.

The arcade cabinet came in several styles and allowed for left or right handed players to step up to the bar. Players controlled the bartender with a traditional joystick but had to pull down on a tap-like handle to pour beers. This was also one of the first video games to see an advertising sponsor as Budweiser logos were prominently placed throughout the game. There was also a mini game in between the 4 different stages where players had to select a beer that had not been shaken. This is truly a game that is as fun today as it was 33 years ago. Let's all crack open a cold one and take an even deeper look at a legendary arcade game, Tapper.

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    February 15, 2017 4:20 PM

    Greg Burke posted a new article, Shack's Arcade Corner: Tapper

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      February 15, 2017 6:07 PM

      Very cool I played this on the C64 never at the Arcade though. Loved the music(especially the title screen) and it was a pretty fun game to play, good times.


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      February 15, 2017 6:34 PM

      When I was a kid, my parents knew some folks that owned a bar. The bar was being sold, and that bar had Tapper. I asked my parents for some quarters (kids in bars, yeh!) instead the owner opened up the coin return and showed me how to get unlimited credits. I played for hours, I remember the alien level vividly. That was a glorious day..Thanks for the video!

    • rms legacy 10 years legacy 20 years mercury super mega
      February 15, 2017 8:18 PM

      never seen this one before, nice

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      February 16, 2017 4:24 AM

      One of the only arcade games that just clicks for me. I can set high scores on any cabinet I've come across. I play it every time I mess with the MAME cab at deadhorse's.

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