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You are a soda jerk serving root beer to patrons.

Root Beer Tapper was produced by Bally Midway in 1984.

Bally Midway released 96 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1980. Bally Midway was based in United States.

Other machines made by Bally Midway during the time period Root Beer Tapper was produced include: E2088, Gold Ball, Grand Slam (4 player version), Domino Man, Discs Of Tron, Granny and the Gators, Black Pyramid, Ten Pin Champ, Spy Hunter, and Kings of Steel


Name Root Beer Tapper
Developer Bally Midway (United States)
Year 1984
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9366
Class Wide Release
Genre Platform
Conversion Class Midway MCR III
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
  • Joystick: 2-way (up, down) - Only active downwards
Sound Unamplified Stereo (requires two-channel amp)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Root Beer Tapper Control Panel Image
Side Art Root Beer Tapper Side Art Image

Game Introduction

This game is almost exactly like the original Tapper except that the character you control is a soda jerk instead of a bartender, the beverage that is served is root beer instead of Budweiser beer and the background music is different.

Like in the original game, the first level is a western saloon where the customers are cowboys and cowgirls. The second level is a sports bar where the customers are athletes including baseball players, football players, basketball players and tennis players. The third level is a punk bar where the customers are punk rockers and the fourth level is a space bar where the customers are strange alien creatures from other planets all over the universe.

Game Play

You must serve everyone a root beer before they work their way up to the kegs. You must also grab the empty mugs before they slide off the bar. Extra points are awarded for collecting tips. Bonus rounds involve locating and opening the one can that has not been shaken-up, and serving it.

Root Beer Tapper KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.52 (5 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.37

Overall Like 4.00
Fun (Social) 2.75
Fun (Solo) 4.25
Collector Desire 3.40

Technical Rating: 4.31

Gameplay 4.50
Graphics 4.50
Originality 4.25
Sound/Music 4.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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This nearly identical game of Tapper was later released because the law told Bally Midway that they were not supposed to advertise alcohol in the arcades to minors.


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COPY OF: Tapper

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Root Beer Tapper Census

There are 14,906 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,530 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,180 machines (6,929 unique titles).

Common - There are 41 known instances of this machine owned by Root Beer Tapper collectors who are active members. Of these, 40 of them are original dedicated machines. One is a set of circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 4 active VAPS members with a Root Beer Tapper machines for sale.

Wanted - Popular - There are 12 active VAPS members currently looking for Root Beer Tapper.

This game ranks a 9 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 23 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



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Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 184; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 184; Color photo

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