Root Beer Tapper slings suds tomorrow

Arcade classic from Midway hits Xbox Live tomorrow; all-you-can-drink retro gaming for 400 Microsoft points ($5).

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Professional athletes only drink root beer.

This week's offering for Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays is a hump-day happy hour, as Root Beer Tapper is sliding across the bar and onto Xbox 360s. The game is set to premiere on February 7 at 1 a.m. PST for 400 Microsoft points ($5).

In the game, players assume the role of a bartender in a number of watering holes patronized by punk rockers, cowboys, and even aliens. Gamers must keep their customers happy by making sure their mugs are full. More points can be earned through tips, and two players can team up or go head-to-head in cooperative and versus modes locally or over Xbox Live.

Root Beer Tapper was released by Bally Midway in 1984 after the original, Tapper, included branding from beer-purveyor Budweiser and was seen as an advertisement for booze to minors.

Root Beer Tapper is rated E for Everyone and is the first of the new wave of Xbox Live Arcade games recently announced.

Discussion

60 comments
theKSMM
theKSMM

Not mad at this one. I still like to play retro games on handheld systems mostly, but games like these are good family choices or "party games" for social gatherings. They're easy to learn and fun to play while you talk trash to your friends. And it's only five dollars.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

I retract my statement... this is hands-down the best retro release for XBLA. At least until they get Burgertime on there. Where is Burgertime?

orangebrat
orangebrat

[quote]I don't even know about this game existence![/quote] Only Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga appeared in more arcades. You must have lived in a cave.

Sheiko
Sheiko

Great game bad for $5 bucks. should have Much better graphics, animations and so on.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

When are they going to bring out "Chu Chu Rocket!"

mjwickstrom1
mjwickstrom1

I just played the demo and it's really good! I'll probably buy the game over the weekend!

kostasfil
kostasfil

Excuse me guys,but what happened to Sensible Soccer for the live arcade?I haven't seen it among the games to come..... :-(

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

All the cool titles coming out for XBLA and they release this?

mattiasmak
mattiasmak

Screw this and gimme WORMS!!!!!!!! O_o

Dups79
Dups79

My friend and I are currently on a highscore battle for this game (however ours is the budweiser tapper) on a rom on his laptop. I guess we are going to have to battle it out on xbox live leaderboards now lol :)

Swampthing
Swampthing

The ORIGINAL Tapper in the arcade sported a Budweiser draft handle and you served BEER to the customers. Loved the game, and used to play it all the time. After receiving alot of flack from consumers about "marketing beer to kids" the game was re-released as ROOT BEER Tapper. While there's nothing like a cold A&W, I would really like to see someone bring back the Bud version once again... give it whatever rating they need, but bring back the ORIGINAL.

vaejas
vaejas

What, no Wizard of Wor?

Gmacrusher
Gmacrusher

I don't even know about this game existence!

TryMe01
TryMe01

root beer on hump day, what a combination, and for $5!!!

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

sweet I've always wanted to be a bartender

rougewarrior198
rougewarrior198

We need better games than this. I won't buy it because any retro game I have gotten gets boring after like 5 minutes.

AvIdGaMeR444
AvIdGaMeR444

I never liked this game...it was so popular in the 80s though.

dru26
dru26

Tapper is awesome, but I remember playing with beer on the Commodore 64, not rootbeer.

CommanderKill90
CommanderKill90

First good game in a long time....please give us Sonic next

kenesu96
kenesu96

this game rules! finally a reason to buy xbox 360:):) put halo in the garbage and give me tapper! though the original served beer not root beer

anarchicgoth
anarchicgoth

booring- give us WORMS! or Castlevania : SOTN!!

surrealme
surrealme

Don't be dissin' Tapper! hehe. I loved this game back in my arcade days! I could put in one quarter and play until I was bored. I don't remember my high score, but I had so many free guys built up that it took a good fifteen minutes for the game to end just standing there waiting for my guys to die. The arcade manager tried to talk me into going for the world record. I actually called Midway to find out what it was and then figured out I'd have to play for something close to 24 hours to beat it. I passed! When the arcade finally converted the machine to something else they gave me the top glass panel from it. Unfortunately I lost it during a move somewhere along the line. Ah, good times. Good times.

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

It should be renamed tequila tapper and you have to take a shot of tequila every time you lose. That would improve this game sooooo much! ;)

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Never played it, but it looks like crap. WHERE IS BURGERTIME!?

gakon5
gakon5

I just bought Midway Arcade Treasures for the Xbox... for ten bucks. That actually has a lot of games that are on Xbox Live Arcade for $5 each. ...but I do like points. That's what MAT doesn't have.

samether
samether

So what! Wake me when double dragon gets here!!!!!

XlpranksterlX
XlpranksterlX

Double dragon maybe, but to be honest I don't even know this game.

PoopTete
PoopTete

yay root beer tapper rules!

STRICK26
STRICK26

"YAG" what i think of this is spelled backwords.

kenerhai
kenerhai

more steaming turds on xbla. when are we gonna get some real games worth playing?!?! wheres symphony of the night? Streets of rage? Metal Slug? Worms? Castle Crashers? Alien Hominid? Double Dragon? REAL GAMES! Im sure rootbeer tapper is a real retro classic and has classic old school gameplay, but wtf?!?!? its gonna be a real hot seller, lemme tell ya. Ill put this one down there with most of the other old games id rather forget about, like dig dug, time pilot, scramble, and new rally x.

gta11
gta11

Damn It I wanted Worms to come out tomoz:(:(:

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

WTB Castle Crashers?

xwest06
xwest06

Im waiting on Super Punch Out!! But i want this alsoo though.

Gigatron
Gigatron

I have too many classics as it is. I NEED CASTLE CRASHERS. I've been really impressed with original games like Roboblitz, Small Arms, and Assault Heroes. With that being said... Tapper is an old favorite of mine, and the online modes don't hurt. $5 is very reasonable for such an addictive game.

gwilo007
gwilo007

I wish Bud could sponsor this game so we could get it for free

gokunj2
gokunj2

ehhh, still waiting for Alien Hominid and Castle Crashers.

nix6six6
nix6six6

I love this game. Leisure Suit Larry for PS2 had almost an exact replica of this game inside it as a mini game.

makemeweak
makemeweak

More classic fun. I'm happy with it.

Raiko101
Raiko101

This game is class! Retro gaming at its best.

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

sounds like fun, looks like the graphics aren't the greatest but should be fun