If you were hanging around the arcades back in 1983 (and I’m willing to bet at least some of you were), then you probably remember the classic game called Tapper. In Tapper it was your job to man several counters in a bar and rapidly serve drinks to approaching patrons, while simultaneously collecting their empty glasses before they slide off the end of the counter and shatter all over the floor. Tapper was an extremely fast-paced game and notoriously difficult, and it is also well known for originally being sponsored by Budweiser and featuring their logo throughout the game.

This aspect of Tapper didn’t go over too well though, as it’s common knowledge that kids love video games (as do adults!) and placing a game laden with Budweiser branding in arcades that are crawling with children is generally frowned upon. The next year, Tapper was rechristened as Root Beer Tapper and featured nearly identical gameplay minus the Budweiser logos and with root beer as the beverage being served. Root Beer Tapper is the game that is more commonly recognized out of the two as it went on to receive various home console ports and has been included in numerous retro compilations.

Recently, it was announced that Warner Bros. and developer Square One would be releasing a brand new version of the Tapper franchise for iOS called Tapper World Tour. Tapper World Tour will retain the same basic gameplay elements of the original Tapper and Root Beer Tapper but will have you working in bars around the world, and instead of just serving your average beer to patrons you’ll be serving drinks that are appropriate to the locale that you’re working.

Here's a side-by-side comparison of the original Root Beer Tapper 1984 arcade game and Tapper World Tour on an iPhone 4 (click images to enlarge)

Perhaps the most exciting development from Tapper World Tour is that the game is being drawn and animated by the legendary Don Bluth, who has worked on countless classic animated films for studios such as Disney and Fox but is immediately recognized by gamers as the artist behind classic laserdisc arcade games Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace. You can check out Tapper World Tour in action in the first trailer for the game:

The developers aren’t getting any more specific about a release date beyond “within the coming months” but we do know they will have a playable build of Tapper World Tour at GDC which starts at the end of this month. We’re eager to get our hands on the game to see how the new version plays out on iOS. Personally, a touch screen seems like a perfect place to slide beers down a counter towards thirsty drinkers, but I have no idea if that is actually the mechanic used in the game. Make sure to check out the official Facebook page for Tapper World Tour and we’ll bring you more information on the game just as soon as we get it.

  • http://twitter.com/johnhood John Hood

    I owned Tapper on my beloved C64! Don Bluth for the win.

    • Drelbs

      ...which featured Mountain Dew!

  • Wasgo

    I've never seen that much snow in Vancouver in my life.

    • Anonymous

      Other than the great Yukon storm of 2008 and 1997. I remember having to drag christmas presents to my inlaw's house back in 97. that was an epic disaster and took us EONS to just walk a few blocks.

      And 2008 sucked even more. FEET of snow that required me to shovel my driveway 3 - 4 times a day...

      But outside of those select situations, no... you're right. Unless by Vancouver they mean Prince George.

      Typical people expecting all of canada to be in the arctic

    • Carl

      I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be Whistler even though it says Vancouver. Looks more like Whistler to me.

  • MattG

    I can't wait for this game. The old arcade/home version was a blast. So Don Bluth worked on this, Dragons's Lair Vs Tapper! hahaha It looks amazing.

  • Anonymous

    My parents had a tapper cabinet when I was younger, that game was awesome. I feel like you have to have the actual tap controller in front of you to truly feel the experience though.

  • Anonymous

    I made a game like tapper, the gameplay didn't translate as well as I thought it would.

  • Anonymous

    The fact that it said "Vancouver", even with the unnecessary and stereotypical snow that we DO NOT get. EVER....

    well I have to buy it.

    I really am PRAYING they do what they did in the Monkey Island games and include the pixel old school mode... that would be awesome.

    • Jim

      Vancouver, BC, December 2008. The Fraser River froze over. The Fraser River!

  • Anonymous

    This is one time that pixel art would be perfect. Not a fan of the new art style.

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely this. I don't mind the new styling too much, and Don Bluth is a great animator, but I'd really, REALLY like to see a real classic mode included in this. I loved Tapper in the arcade (which had the original Budweiser-branded Tapper), and had it for my 2600 (where it was still called Tapper, but branded by Mountain Dew, and developed by Sega of all people). It has an indelible place in my brain, so it's really hard for me to accept this new art style. I really hope they include a classic version. I'd instantly drop my dime on that. This new version ... I dunno. Maybe.

  • Anonymous

    I like Tapper fine, but I don't know. It's hard to pay for it. If it were free I'd download it, even if ad-supported. Not sure I'll pay for it.

  • thebleeptruth

    Looks cool. First time I've heard about it, but seems to be up my alley of pick-up-and-play high-scoring games. I just hope it's gonna be universal.

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