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The action is extremely well-paced against the demands of the game. Its fast, but not fast enough to be impossible. As usual with US Gold products, the choosing of skill levels, joystick selection and so on is made very friendly. Highly complex arcade-adventures are all the rage at present, and it is good to see such a fine, unpretentious classic arcade game released. If your brain has been completely drained by the mysteries of Shadowfire or Gyron of late, take a trip to the soda fountain. It's a refreshing experience.
After a while, levels become too fast and more of a test of reflexes than skill. By that point, though, Tapper's made happy alcoholics of us all -- and it's very hard to say no to one extra pint from the virtual pumps. Cheers!
Tapper is easily one of the top ten Atari 2600 games ever created. It's a real shame too, because it was released during the video game crash, so it tends to be quite rare today and fetches fairly high prices. However, I strongly recommend you check it out and put in the investment because it's well worth it. This is easily one of the most inventive, fun, and challenging 2600 games out there, and it's one that every 2600 fan needs to own.
If you've ever wondered whether you would make a good barman, now's your chance to find out with unbreakable glasses (well almost unbreakable). Tapper puts you in charge of several different types of bar, all filled with thirsty and rather over-demonstrative customers. The general object is to serve them drinks of soda Western style (ie slide the glasses along the length of the bar) and collect the glasses which they sling back at you. This sounds kinda easy, pardner, but it ain't.
I do have a minor criticism: CV Tapper is a little too easy at skill levels one and two, perhaps too difficult at three and four. But this is a petty complaint. If you accept it as the simple fun game it's supposed to be, there are few better titles among all the classic carts. Tapper is one of about a dozen "must haves" for the ColecoVision. I've never met a classic gamer who doesn't like this game.
These things aside, I think you'll find Tapper a welcome addition to your ColecoVision library. It's easy to learn, builds up to a frantic pace, and has some entertaining moments when things go wrong. Hey, it's not every day you get to see aliens doing the can-can! SIDE NOTE: The Atari 2600 version, produced by Sega, is not based on the "Root Beer" version of this game. The drink of choice is Mountain Dew instead of Budweiser, and there is an additional bar (a "punk rock" bar) in the game.
Tapper's a simple little game, but things can get quite hectic and it's extremely addictive. The accompanying graphics and sound are pretty good, but if the dancing girl graphics are meant to attract customers, someone better think again!
The one thing that truly impressed me is how all four stages are reproduced here - including the space catina! All in all, this is a very respectable version of the fun arcade hit.
But it's worth it. Tapper is essentially just some mindless fun that tests your reflexes in a fun way. It's great to have around in a bar where there's tons of people with lots of time on their hands to kill. Well, tons of drunk people with spare change at least!
Tapper is a respectable arcade game, but this home edition tastes watered-down to say the least.
On a positive note, all four stages are included, along with the "find the unshaken can" bonus stage. The bonus stage definitely looks sharp, but its stilted animation makes it tough to follow the shuffled cans. Tapper's bartender character also looks good, and when you grab a tip, a musical act appears consisting of a musician and dancing monkey (no dancing girls in this version). As I usually do, I'll give this game extra credit for the monkey, despite the fact that he looks more like a big brown frog. Tapper's festive musical score is practically identical to the arcade, and the controls are responsive enough. But in the final analysis, Tapper for the Colecovision is a serious disappointment. I found the Atari 2600 version to be far more satisfying.