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Release year: 1992 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Atari
Paperboy (Sega Genesis)
Paperboy is a classic arcade video game developed by Atari Games and published by Tengen for the Sega Genesis console in 1992. The game was followed by Paperboy 2 and Paperboy 64
As the name suggests, Paperboy is about a certain boy delivering newspapers to different homes using his trusty bike. The premise sounds tame, but don’t let it fool you. This is a game completely filled with unique obstacles and exaggerated violence as you can beat non-customers to your heart’s content.
You will begin Paperboy by choosing a difficulty — Easy Street, Middle Road, or Hard Way. In case you didn’t know, this is just another way of saying Easy, Normal, and Hard respectively.
The character will start off with 6 lives and 10 subscribers. The goal is to complete a specific route in 7 days, delivering papers to your subscribers while avoiding obstacles.
The controls are quite easy. You evade left and right, increase or decrease speed, and throw papers at houses or people. But although controls are easy to remember, the bike is not as easy to control in the game, adding to the challenge. Obstacles are also not a joke and could test your patience.
The gameplay could be frustrating or funny, depending on how you take it. The game is hell-bent on making you lose lives as fast as possible. Obstacles are also really funny and creative. You can see drunks, burglars, miniature tornadoes, and even the grim reaper roaming around.
Players can get trapped in random places, completely unexpected cats could pop up from nowhere, and sometimes, an obstacle is bigger than its sprite suggests, which gets you killed unexpectedly. This randomness is a part of what makes Paperboy unique.
Deliver newspapers like a pro
Paperboy is not really a game with a deep plot or convoluted storytelling. It is a humorous action game that took everyone in the neighborhood as enemies. The game is over when you lose all of your lives or if you don’t deliver your newspapers properly.
Somehow, it teaches patience and responsibility in a way, but it does not offset the high violence rate of the game.
It is certainly not suitable for younger audiences as the game is filled with acts of violence such as smashing things and bullying people. Apparently, you get points for being a complete psycho and troublemaker in the street. It is no wonder that the whole neighborhood is bent on sabotaging your mission of delivering newspapers.
Its gameplay and mechanics have more of an arcade feel. It is best to play with friends and compete for points.
Paperboy game has been ported to Arcade, Genesis / Mega Drive (this version), Master System, Game Gear, Nintendo NES, Game Boy, and computers.