One of my all-time favorite games is Tapper. The simplicity of sending those brewskis to the awaiting customers is an enjoyable experience. Nothing like serving happy, patient customers. At least for the first level. Then as the game progresses, the people get more and more plentiful and impatient. Soon your quiet little job get very hectic. Before you know it, you are sending beers everywhere and lots of empty glasses are coming back. If you don't hurry and get a beer to the guy at the end, he will hurt you real bad. Guess life as a bartender can be a bit dangerous. I don't remember any of this in "Cocktail".
It is good to have the original Tapper back. After not playing it for a decade and then only getting to play the Coleco version, I was happy to plug it into MAME. No more slinging root beers around. Like a bar would ever get that crowded if you were only serving root beer. We were kids, but we weren't stupid. I knew it was a beer game and so did everyone else. Don't advertise alcohol in the video games, but have the ads all over television. Oh well, at least now I can enjoy the original without any fears as I am of legal age. I want my Tapper with a frothy head on it!

How good is the MAME version? I didn't realize how good it was until I tried the Playstation version. First off, those controllers weren't meant for classic games. Secondly, the people are so small on there. I almost feel like Gulliver looking in on a tavern in Lilliput. But on MAME, the people are big and colorful! I cannot begin to tell you what a difference that makes to the game. Plus, for some odd reason I cannot get past the second stage on the Playstation. I don't know if it is me, the controllers or the game. But on MAME, I have reached the third stage and will get that fourth one! No aliens will go thirsty on my shift, no siree!

Once again, MAME comes to the rescue and saves me from playing an inferior version. I do like my Playstation, but it definitely wasn't made for classic games.

This is just a review of the arcade machine.  If you are looking for the actual arcade machine, you may want to check out ebay.  Click below to see if you can find this game.


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