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Tapper Tapper - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Tapper - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


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

Tapper was produced by Bally Midway in 1983.

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 Tapper was produced include: Baby Pac-Man, Blue Print, Bump 'n Jump, BurgerTime, Earth Friend, Domino Man, Discs Of Tron, Grand Slam (4 player version), Gold Ball, and E2088


Name Tapper
Developer Bally Midway (United States)
Year 1983
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 12839
Class Wide Release
Genre Platform
Conversion Class Midway MCR III
Game Specific Tapper Pinout
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
Sound Unamplified Stereo (requires two-channel amp)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Cocktail
Instructions Tapper Instructions Image
Control Panel Tapper Control Panel Image
Side Art Tapper Side Art Image

Game Play

There are four different levels:

  1. Cowboys
  2. Athletes
  3. Punk Rockers
  4. Aliens

Tapper KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 4.31 (19 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.59

Overall Like 4.67
Fun (Social) 4.39
Fun (Solo) 4.44
Collector Desire 4.78

Technical Rating: 4.22

Gameplay 4.67
Graphics 4.05
Originality 4.72
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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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

Holding down the joystick and both tappers and pressing both start buttons on the title screen will reveal a credits screen in both Tapper and Root Beer Tapper.

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There are two common versions of this game -- one with Budweiser beer and another with root beer. In the late 1990s, a couple of boards made by SEGA featuring the Suntory logo were discovered. Sega denies they ever produced the board and it is not listed in any of their databases. The Suntory Tapper board is a complete re-engineering of the MCR/III hardware. Suntory is a defunct brand of Japanese beer.

Around 3300 Tapper uprights were made and maybe the first 100 or so were released with color side art. About 300 cocktail machines were also made.

According to programmer Scott Morrison, sometime during the development of the game, the programmers thought it would be fun to hear belching in the game to correspond with the belching action of some of the customers as they finished their drinks. The design team got a speech chip from Texas Instruments, and they took turns belching into a microphone to create a chip full of their own belches to be used in the game. However, although this feature was very funny to the programmers, Scott Morrison says that it got obnoxious after a while, and they scrapped the chip, figuring that the rest of the audience would feel the same way.

Cabinet Information

The cabinet is set up to resemble a bar. There is a brass rail that runs along the bottom and two brass drink or ashtray holders one on each side of the control panel. The cabinet and game play on the beer version features the Budweiser logo. The pour spouts have Budweiser handles to resemble the actual pour spouts in real bars.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Tapper Census

There are 14,831 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,505 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,882 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 284 known instances of this machine owned by Tapper collectors who are active members. Of these, 268 of them are original dedicated machines. 2 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 10 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 17 active VAPS members with a Tapper machines for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Tapper circuit board for sale.

Wanted - Very Popular - There are 85 active VAPS members currently looking for Tapper. There are 3 active VAPS members looking for Tapper boards sets.

This game ranks a 51 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 87 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]



  1. Tapper
  2. Root Beer Tapper


Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. Arcade Treasures Kurtz (ISBN 088740619X) Page: 167; Color photo
  2. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 185; Color photo Price guide: No
  3. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 234; Color photo Price guide: No
  4. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 185; Color photo

Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

See the game at:

This game is available at the following public arcades, bars or museums:

Name Location State Country Details Check-ins
Bit Bar 278 Derby St, Salem Massachusetts United States 1
Upstate Pinball & Arcade Museum 109A West Trade St, Simpsonville South Carolina United States Arcade (Classic Videogame)
Children: Allowed
Focus: Classic Games
Food: No
Alcohol: No
Payment Method: Admission Charge

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