Tapper Computer Game
Tapper on the Commodore 64

This first video clip is from the C64 version of Tapper, which was originally released into the arcades in 1983 by Bally Midway. Several variants of the game were released, including one called Root Beer Tapper.

In all versions of the game you played the role of a bartender and you had to serve drinks to your customers in four seperate bars, as they slowly advanced towards you. Should any customer reach the end of the bar, then you were tossed out of the bar!

This was another classic 80s video game with a simple concept.

Tapper on the Atari 800XL

Well, this is the 8-bit computer version I played back in the mid 80s, when I was about 15 years old. Comparing it to the C64 version it seems to play a lot faster, although that may be due to the video clip featuring harder levels on the C64, of course.

I'm not one for getting into the old Commodore versus Atari argument (an argument that continued with the 16-bit machines), and it's a simple fact that there were good and bad video game conversions on both formats. In the case of Tapper, both versions seem pretty good to me and are far better than the Amstrad CPC version below.

Tapper on the Amstrad CPC 464

This is certainly a very colourful version of the game, but it doesn't appear to play very smoothly or quickly, and judging by the comments on Youtube, this wasn't the best of conversions. Apparantly, the problem is basicly that game changes speed depending on how many sprites are on screen. That very basic General Instrument AY-3-8912 sound chip music is very annoying, too!




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