- Nuka Tapper can be found inserted into the terminal of the starting domicile in Vault 76. Player characters that have left Vault 76 before taking it will need to acquire it elsewhere because reentry is restricted. The magazine for the holotape can also be found at Site Charlie, at the foot of the overseer's cache.
- May be found at randomized magazine spawns. Picking it up will grant the player +1 CHA for 1 hour, in addition to granting the tape.
The player controls Vault Boy working as a server at a Nuka-Cola bar. Human and Mister Handy patrons will slowly move down one of four counters. The player needs to fill mugs from one of four taps and then glide them down the counters to the patrons before they reach the end; if a patron reaches the end of the bar, the player will lose a life. Players also lose a life if they slide a Nuka-Cola down an empty bar with no one to catch it.
When patrons receive their cola bottles, they will sometimes stop to drink them, and slide the bottles back at Vault Boy. Vault Boy must catch the bottles, or else they will fall and break, causing you to lose a life.
Some patrons will leave tips after drinking their Colas. Collecting this tip will cause Bottle and Cappy to appear and start dancing, distracting some of the patrons for a short time. Distracted patrons will not move down the bar, but they will also ignore any Nuka-Cola slid at them, so be careful and pay close attention. (It is better to just ignore the tip altogether to prevent this mistake, unless you are getting very overwhelmed.)
Every few levels, a bonus level will appear. A Bandit will randomly shake all but one of the Nuka-Cola bottles (the sixth one is almost always the one that isn't shaken), and he will then shuffle them randomly. You then take control of Vault Boy, who must pick the bottle that was not shaken by the Bandit. There is no penalty for losing, but you will get 3,000 points if you pick the correct bottle.
The player starts with 3 lives. The ways to lose lives are mentioned above. It is possible to earn extra lives at certain point milestones, although it doesn't go higher than 4.
The level is complete when there are no patrons left. The first few levels can usually be done (almost) instantly, but after that, levels can last for several minutes unless the player is extremely quick and lucky.
Behind the scenes
- Nuka-Tapper's name and gameplay are based on the 1983 arcade game Tapper by Bally Midway.
- The sprites of the patrons originate from Fallout Shelter.
- Samuel: "Can't believe I lost my Nuka Tapper saves, ugh."
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