Tapper World Tour

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Players serve drinks in time-management sim set in bar.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game is a remake of the arcade classic and has a gameplay style that is very basic. As it progresses, though, keeping up with the rush of customers and their drink orders can be a bit demanding.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Sam the bartender's daughter Nikki, who's playable in the game, wears short shorts.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

A link from the main menu screen takes you to a page listing other apps from the developer.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

As a bartender serving thirsty patrons, the whole point of the game is to sling drinks. While beer and other alcoholic drinks are never specifically called out, the frothy drinks do look like beer, and the cocktails look very much like tropical drinks garnished with fruit wedges.

Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to track achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. With Game Center, players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party’s Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender’s email address.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Tapper World Tour has very heavy hints of alcohol (though the ingredients of the drinks
served -- which have names like “Happy Potion” and the “Bar Clearer” --
are never specified). The app is a remake of the arcade classic game Tapper with animation by former Disney artist Don Bluth. It's a very cartoon-centric game with lush hand animation. The game is more forgiving than its arcade predecessor, but later levels can be a bit challenging. An iPad-only HD version is also available.

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Its bar setting might give some parents pause, but those who don't mind that will find TAPPER WORLD TOUR to be a loving remake of one of the first time-management simulation games. The gameplay is simple, though ultimately quite frenetic. But it's the art that truly makes this game stand out. Hand-animated by Don Bluth and his team (who are responsible for the Dragon's Lair arcade game and films such as An American Tail and All Dogs Go to Heaven), the characters have personality and aren't the lifeless drones that appear in so many other games. While alcohol is not specifically called out, the drinks shown in the game (and earned as you progress) look like beer or adult cocktails (many of which you'd get at a tropical resort), which could be a concern to some. The game itself, though, is wonderful.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:March 19, 2011
Category:Strategy Games
Publisher:Warner Bros. Entertainment
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.3 or later

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Teen, 14 years old Written bydr duck April 3, 2011
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Excellent arcade game that was annimated by Don Bluth

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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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