rootbeertapperRelease:February 7, 2007 - Xbox 360 (EU/US)
Delisting:February 17, 2010
(Available For: 3y 0m)
Developer:Digital Eclipse
Publisher:Midway
Available On:Retail (See Below)
Links:Xbox.com Page [Archive]

Delisting

On February 17th, 2010 Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb announced on Twitter that nine Midway Games had been removed from Xbox Live “due to publisher evolving rights and permissions”. The nine games include:

  • Cyberball 2072
  • Defender
  • Gauntlet
  • Joust
  • Paperboy
  • Robotron: 2084
  • Root Beer Tapper
  • Smash TV
  • Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3

These “evolving rights” related to Midway’s bankruptcy and financial woes as the company shut down operations through 2010. After filing for bankruptcy in February of 2009, Midway received a bid of more than $33 million from Warner Bros. for the majority of the company’s assets. With the sale completed by July 10th the remaining studios were either closed or sold off (namely to SouthPeak Games and to THQ who would themselves file for bankruptcy in 2012).

While all nine Xbox 360 games were delisted on the same day, six Midway titles on PlayStation 3 lingered a while longer as they were published by Sony Online Entertainment. The games were put on sale one final time through the last week of June 2010 and were likely delisted shortly thereafter. The six games include:

  • Championship Sprint
  • Gauntlet II
  • Joust
  • Mortal Kombat II
  • Rampage World Tour
  • Rampart

Warner Bros. Consolidation
While these original releases are currently delisted almost all of them are available in new digital bundles or on physical discs. Midway Arcade Origins contains 30 titles and was released to retail by Warner Bros. on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It is currently available to download on Xbox 360 as well.

Warner Bros. has also re-released Mortal Kombat II and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 in the Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Paperboy is available in the downloadable version of Midway Arcade Treasures Extended Play, published digitally in 2010 for the PlayStation Portable. This leaves only Rampage: World Tour that cannot currently be downloaded.

Before all of this Midway released dozens of arcade compilations on numerous platforms as far back as the Sega Genesis and Game Boy Color.

About the Game

Get ready to serve! Rediscover the classic arcade game Root Beer Tapper on Xbox LIVE®. Take on a room full of thirsty folks and keep their mugs full as they belly up to the bar, but don’t drop the empties if you want to win.

  • Classic gameplay: Take on a bar full of thirsty folks and see if you can keep their mugs full. Grab the empty mugs before they slide off the bar, and earn extra points by collecting tips.
  • Bonus rounds: Locate and open the one can that has not been shaken-up and serve it up to waiting patrons in the bonus rounds!
  • Multiplayer: Play online in either co-op or versus modes and post scores on the Xbox LIVE leaderboards.  The best scores are kept for the current week and for all time for both co-op and versus matches.
  • Achievements: Score 12 achievements worth 200 gamerscore points.

Select Video Coverage

It’s not the highest quality recording but it features the original Xbox 360 “blades” dashboard which itself is delisted.