In Taphouse VR, you’re a bartender that works in a medieval style tavern. That might not sound like the most interesting thing in the world, but that’s because you haven’t tried it. Your main and only customers are muscular dwarfs that come one after another to your establishment for a drink after a long day of work. Serve them right and get paid.
For the most part, the gameplay is comprised of standing behind the counter and serving customers. Doesn’t sound like much, it’s actually quite enjoyable. This game even made me want to be a bartender. There are four levels, all with different difficulties to them. The harder the difficulty, the bigger the bar and the more dwarfs you’ll have to serve at the same time. There is a normal mode where your goal is to get the highest possible score in the span of a few minutes and there is also a sandbox mode, which is endless.
The clients of your bar are thirsty dwarfs. You might be saying to yourself “They look all the same”, but you would be wrong. It’s obvious that their beards are different. Jokes aside, all clients having the same model adds to the comedic feel of the game, and they have different clothes and tastes so that must amount to some individuality. Speaking of tastes, every dwarf that comes for a drink will have specific preferences. There’s a wide variety of beverages that they can order from and some will ask for a mixture of multiple drinks. The dwarfs even have preferences on the glass used. How well you can serve your clients will determine your score at the end of the level. Not all dwarfs that come into your tavern go straight to the counter to order a drink, some just sit on a table with their brethren, play the slot machine or start fights with others.
Taphouse VR is a great entry point if you are new to VR. It doesn’t have a lot of features, but it is well-made and fun for at least a couple of hours. Not to mention that it’s free so there is no real reason not to try it out if you’re interested.
You can get Taphouse VR from the Steam store here.