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US Gold Ltd
Arcade: Action
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Dave Nicholls, Ross Holman, Roger Willis
Chris Bourne

Roger: Five different frothy, gargling, screens of panic-stricken swilling have to be attacked, as you desperately try to get the bevvies in for different classes of rowdy customer. Four bars, catering for Cowboys. Jocks, Punks and Aliens have to be served, but overall behaviour suggests they must all be football supporters...

Thirsty yobboes constantly shuffle up the bars towards you and can be only kept at bay by swift delivery of glasses of the amber nectar. Serve one too many and you get lumbered with a smashed glass. Serve one too few and the irate punter, raving with thirst, sends you for a nasty nose-first trip down the bar. What's more, the wretches chuck their empty glasses at you, and these have to be deftly caught.

And if that ain't enough to put you off hostelry employment for life, there's another transitional screen in which lurks a bandit who shakes up some of the tinnies you're about to open - get a can overdosing on fizziness and you'll be wearing the contents...

The graphics are splendid 3D-ish stuff and the action is blisteringly fast - too fast for poor little me using a keyboard. I got so tired that I just had to go and assault a different barman . 4/5 HIT

Ross: Tapper's a simple little game, but things can get quite hectic and it's extremely addictive. The accompanying graphics and sound are pretty good, but if the dancing girl graphics are meant to attract customers, someone better think again! 4/5 HIT

Dave: I like games that deal with subjects close to my heart - and that means Tapper's got to be a winner. You'll need good co-ordination, though, so there's no slipping away for a quick half before the action starts! 4/5 HIT


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Have a heart! Well, it's a life actually and they're very easy to lose. If you don't keep the patrons of your bar sozzled on Sarsaparilla. they'll pick you up and start mopping up the slops with you.

You'll never get bored in Tapper - you won't have the time. You'll be rushed off your feet for the whole game. I've noticed that no green crinkly drinking vouchers ever change hands at the Crazy Horse Saloon - now that's the type of bar I like!

One way of keeping the customers satisfied is to work systematically down the bars, throwing one or two pints of plonk (assuming there are punters waiting) and then moving on to the next. Only when things get really hairy will you need to change your routine.

Keep a careful eye on how many customers you've got on each bar. You might have a smashing time if you throw an extra glass but the clientele won't be too impressed. And that's goodbye to another life.

Some of the regulars return to the far end of the bar to sup their pints in peace. But watch out for when they've finished 'cos the empties come sliding back to you. If you miss one, you can wave farewell to another life.

Now doggone it pardner, you better look after these cowgirls and cowboys, otherwise the west might just re-introduce lynching for the lazy bartender.