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Tapper (Budweiser)

| 1983

Release type:
Units produced: Bally Midway
Controls/Input Device: Control(joy4way), Buttons(1)
Number of Players: 2
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SoundMix: Stereo
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MAME folder name: tapper

Display: raster 512x480 @ 30.00Hz (30.00 pixclock)
Sound: 2 channels

Emulated in MAME via driver mcr.c:
Status: good; Emulation: good
Graphic: good; Sound: good; Color: good
Palette size: 64; Savestate: supported

5784 with 32kb
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tapbg0.bin with 16384kb
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tapbg1.bin with 16384kb
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tapfg0.bin with 16384kb
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tapfg1.bin with 16384kb
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tapfg2.bin with 16384kb
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tapfg3.bin with 16384kb
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tappg0.bin with 16384kb
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tappg1.bin with 16384kb
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tappg3.bin with 8192kb
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tapsda10.bin with 4096kb
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Mameinfo.dat entry:
0.37b10 [Yochizo]


- 0.147u2: hap fixed clone Omega Fighter Special. The game fails to boot or finish post. After showing bad rom errors, the game resets.

- 0.147u1: Fixed maincpu rom loading.

- 0.122u7: Fixed gfx1/2/3/4/5 rom loading.

- 0.89u3: Changed Z80 CPU2 clock speed to 5MHz.

- 0.37b10: Yochizo added 'Omega Fighter' (UPL 1989) and clone Omega Fighter Special.

- 21st November 2000: Yochizo fixed some graphics bugs in the Omega Fighter / Atomic Robo-kid driver.

- 8th November 2000: Yochizo sent in a driver for Omega Fighter and Atomic Robo-kid.

- 25th April 1999: Dumped Omega Fighter Special.

LEVELS: 8 (restarts once)

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Romset: 2016 kb / 8 files / 457.8 zip

Credits Mameinfo and Mametesters Project Robert J. Rabgno et al.
History.dat entry:
Tapper (c) 1983 Bally Midway.

Taking on the role of an overworked bartender, the player must serve beer to the ever-thirsty patrons that populate his bar. All customers must be served before they work their way up to the beer kegs. Empty glasses must also be collected before they slide off the end of the bar and smash to the floor. Extra points are awarded for collecting tips, while bonus rounds involve locating the one beer that has not been shaken, and serving it. The game features four different levels :
1. Cowboys
2. Athletes
3. Punk Rockers
4. Aliens


Game No. 0A11
Bally Midway MCR 3 hardware

Main CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 5 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 2 Mhz)

Sound Chips : (2x) General Instrument AY8910 (@ 2 Mhz)

Players : 2
Control : 4-way joystick
Buttons : 1


Tapper was released in December 1983.

There were two other versions of Tapper: "Root Beer" (January 1984) and "Suntory" (Japan, Game ID : 834-5385 / 834-5387). The Suntory version was a Sega board, Suntory is a Japanese beer (see "Updates" section for more information).

The main character in the game (as well as the main character of two other Bally Midway games; "Domino Man", and "Timber") is based on a Marvin Glass employee called Mike Ferris, who had the same distinctive mustache and bald head and reputedly wore a red T-shirt all of the time.

The music for the third stage (the punk bar) was loosely inspired by new wave music group Devo's song 'Workin' in the Coal Mine'.

Tapper was play tested in a Chicago-area Rush Streetbar called 'The Snuggery' and received much positive feedback from the bar's patrons. Digitized belches were originally going to be used in the game, but, perhaps thankfully, they never made it into the final version.

The cabinet is designed to resemble a real bar - replete with a brass foot rail and two brass drink or ashtray holders (one on each side of the control panel). The cabinet and gameplay on the beer version features the Budweiser logo. The pour spouts have mock-up Budweiser handles that closely resemble the Budweiser taps that appear in real bars throughout the world.

Approximately 3300 Tapper uprights were made and around the first 100 or so were released with colour side art. About 300 cocktail machines were also made.

The main character appears on the 2012 Disney animated movie Wreck-It Ralph, during the Bar scene. It should also be noted that despite the game in the movie being Root Beer Tapper, the main character wore his outfit from the Budweiser version.


* Suntory version has different graphics and most likely different music.


Serving a cowboy/girl patron with beer : 50 points.
Serving a sports bar patron with beer : 75 points.
Serving a punk patron with beer : 100 points.
Serving an alien patron with beer : 150 points.
Collecting an empty beer glass : 100 points.
Collecting a tip left on the bar : 1,500 points.
Guessing the correct can on the bonus screen : 3,000 points.


* Easter Egg : In the attract mode, wait until the word Tapper is filling up with beer, and hold down the joystick, both taps, and the player 1 & 2 buttons. You will then see the names of the game designers.

* Take your time in the first few levels. You can make a high score by leaving one person and waiting for more people.

* The last guy in the row will almost always leave a tip.

* If a person leaves the bar in the first level you get 50 points but, if you let them get close to the end of the bar, they will drink the beer and stay. It's 100 for getting the empty mug.

* The longer you stay in the level, the faster the people and mugs move.


Designed and programmed by : Steve Meyer
Graphics by : Scott Morrison
Sounds by : Rick Hicaro
Support by : Elaine Ditton


NOTE : All ports released in 1997 and later feature the 'Root Beer' version.

* Consoles :
Atari 2600 [US] (1983) "Tapper [Model 010-01]"
Colecovision [US] (1984) "Tapper [Model 2616]"
Atari XEGS

* Computers :
BBC Micro [EU] (1983)
PC [Booter] [AS] (1983)
Commodore C64 [EU] (1983)
Commodore C64 [US] (1983) "Tapper [Model 010-05]"
Sinclair ZX Spectrum [EU] (1985)
Atari 800 [US] (1984)
Apple II [US] (1984)
Amstrad CPC [EU] (1987) "Tapper - Official Arcade Game"


Edit this entry: http://www.arcade-history.com/?&page=detail&id=2834&o=2

Licensed from Alexis Bousiges under a CC Attribution 3.0 License
cheat.dat entry:
00000000 E011 00000009 FFFFFFFF Infinite Credits
00000000 E4A7 00000006 FFFFFFFF Infinite Lives
20800000 0798 000000C3 FFFFFFFF Invincibility Glasses will continue on their journey until collected and you won't get pulled down the bar. THe overall effect can be quite strange and there's only so many glasses sprites to go around so you might have to collect some empties to pull some more.
20810000 07A2 000000C3 FFFFFFFF Invincibility (2/6) Parts 1-2 allows you to pick the empty glasses up whenever
20810000 0818 000000C3 FFFFFFFF Invincibility (3/6)
20810000 0810 000000C3 FFFFFFFF Invincibility (4/6) Parts 3-4 stops the full glasses smashing infact they continue wrap back around until picked up
20810000 08D3 000000C3 FFFFFFFF Invincibility (5/6)
20810000 08E9 00000018 FFFFFFFF Invincibility (6/6) Parts 5-6 stop angry and 'legless' customers pulling you down the bar...they just continue going
00000001 E711 00000001 FFFFFFFF Serve one beer on this level Now!
00000000 E712 000000FF FFFFFFFF Nonstop Dancing Girls This Nonstop Dancing Girls cheat doesn't start until after you get the money. Also new customers are NOT distracted by them!!
00001301 E4A8 00000062 FFFFFFFF Select starting level You should enable this cheat on the 'Press 1 or 2 player' screen ie. after credits have been inserted!
00000301 E4A8 00000062 FFFFFFFF Select current level
00000303 E4A8 00000062 FFFFFFFF Select next level

Credit Pugsy's MAME Cheat file