Tapper World Tour in Review – Serving booze can be almost as fun as drinking…

The moment I heard that Tapper World Tour was coming to the iOS, I was flooded with fond memories of my early days. And by “early” I do mean – about 3-4 years old. My dad built our first computer (I think it was some kind of Soviet Amiga clone or something) literally from scratch and I was lucky to be introduced to the IT world at such a young age. All of that is water under the bridge now, of course, but Tapper was one of the first games I laid my little hands on all those years ago. You can just imagine how the modern reboot of this famous franchise makes me feel…

Tapper World Tour embraces the classic drink serving gameplay of the original. You play either Sam the bartender or his lovely daughter in their trip around the world to keep the public from dying of thirst.

The basic gameplay is the same as 30 years ago – you move the bartender from counter to counter and send drink sliding to quench the thirst of the mob coming at you, all the while catching the occasional mug sent back towards you. But in addition to all new graphics, Tapper World Tour has received several upgrades too; as you progress through the game, customers will become more picky, requiring you to serve them a specific kind of drink. And the scenery changes, along with the new counters that have an impact on the difficulty as well. Oh yeah, the occasional find-the-ball game is present to give some variety to the gameplay.

The developers have also added some bonuses to counter the growing appetites of your would-be customers. As you complete levels, various bonuses and power-ups are unlocked; from passive ones that simply make you run faster (for collecting tips and clearing the counter) to active ones, like being able to clean the entire bar up with a tap of a button. And you can also get that extra little edge and stall the crowd by putting on a show at the bar.

The graphics are a welcome upgrade from the original. With full Retina display support you’ll have plenty of eye candy, whether it’s your wish to gaze at Sam’s lovely daughter or at the old geezer himself. The controls offer either the good old virtual d-pad for true connoisseurs or the more up-to-date touch variety.

Tapper World Tour is an excellent remake of the 80’s classic, bringing modern graphics, updated gameplay and full-touch controls to give new life to the franchise. This grandfather of time management games has everything it takes to take on any one of the myriad of Sally’s Spa clones out there and give them a run for their money. If anything, I almost wish the developers included the classic graphics as well, just as LucasArts did with their excellent remake of Monkey Island, to give the true fans that extra splash of nostalgia.

With this I declare Tapper World Tour officially touched!

Kiss It Rating - 5/5

App Summary
Title: Tapper World Tour Developer: Warner Bros.
Reviewed Ver: 1.1 Min OS Req: 3.1.3
Price: $0.99 App Size: 150.15MB
  • Nice graphics
  • Varied environments and customers
  • Updated and addictive gameplay
  • Excellent controls updated for the touchscreen
  • Including the original Tapper would be a nice touch


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