Tapper World Tour

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Tapper World Tour
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Developer(s) Square One Studios
Publisher(s) Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Platform(s) iOS
Release March 16, 2011
Genre(s) Arcade/Action
Mode(s) Single player

Tapper World Tour is an arcade game for Apple's iOS and is a modern reinterpretation of the classic arcade game Tapper, released in 1983 by Bally Midway. Players take the role of a bartender with the goal of serving drinks and collecting empty glasses and tips from a demanding group of patrons.

Warner Bros. Digital Distribution announced Tapper World Tour in February 2011 and is working with animator Don Bluth and his game development company Square One Studios. Bluth is involved with creating much of the art style and design of the game.

Since iOS 7, a bug made the game unplayable, preventing the user to get past the map screen.


In Tapper World Tour, players wander to different watering holes around the globe to serve libations to patrons. As the tender of the bar, players have three or more counter tops to manage. Patrons arrive sporadically at the end of each bar slowly advancing and demanding drinks.

Customers are served by filling a mug with their drink of choice and sliding the mug towards the advancing customer. Once caught, the satisfied patron gulps his drink and heads to the end of the line. As the game progresses, customers appear more frequently, move faster along the bar and are pushed back shorter distances after catching their drinks.

Bartenders must clear the entire lot of customers to proceed to the next level.


On February 3, 2011, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution announced that Tapper World Tour would be available for the Apple iOS, however an official release date was not specified.[1]

On February 15, 2011, the first official trailer was released and revealed some of the gameplay and various locations Tapper World Tour takes place.[2]


Preview coverage of the game has been positive. Jared Nelson of Touch Arcade said that “we’re eager to get our hands on the game to see how the new version plays out on iOS.”

IGN'S Levi Buchanan expressed that he was “really excited for the iOS remake from Warner Bros. because Don Bluth – the genius behind two of my favorite arcade games: Dragon's Lair and Space Ace – has been signed to do the art and animation.”[3]

Tapper World Tour received top accolades at the 2011 Game Developers Conference including one of PocketGamer's "Top 10 most promising iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad games from GDC 2011"[4] and one of IGN's "GDC: 5 Great iPhone and iPad Games." [2]


  1. ^ JC Fletcher. "Tapper bellies up once again, on iPhone and iPad". Joystiq 2011-02-03
  2. ^ Jared Nelson. "First Trailer of Upcoming 'Tapper World Tour' – A Modern Remake of 'Root Beer Tapper'". Touch Arcade 2011-02-15
  3. ^ Levi Buchanan. “Tapper Slings Drinks Again”. IGN.com 2011-02-16
  4. ^ [1]

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