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Encyclopedia > Paperboy (video game)
Paperboy
Developer(s) Atari Games
Publisher(s) Atari Games
Designer(s) John Salwitz, Dave Ralston, Russel Dawe
Release date(s) 1984, 1990, 1999
Genre(s) Platform
Mode(s) Single player
Platform(s) Arcade, Acorn Electron, Commodore 64, Apple II, ZX Spectrum, DOS, Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Atari ST, Amiga, Apple IIGS, Atari Lynx, Sega Master System, Game Gear, Mega Drive/Genesis, Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Windows, Mobile Phone, Xbox 360
Input Handlebar, 1 button
Arcade cabinet Custom upright
Arcade display Horizontal orientation, Raster, medium resolution (Used: 512 x 384)

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Overview

The player controls a paperboy on a bicycle delivering newspapers along a suburban street. From the semi-isometric view, the player attempts to deliver a week of daily newspapers to subscribing customers, attempts to vandalize non-subscriber's homes and must avoid hazards along the street. Subscribers are lost by missing a delivery or damaging the subscriber's house, and can be recovered after a perfect day's delivery. An isometric drawing of a cube. ... Vandalism is the conspicuous defacement or destruction of a structure, a symbol or anything else that goes against the will of the owner/governing body. ...


Description

The game begins with a choice of difficulty levels: Easy Street (easy), Middle Road (medium) and Hard Way (hard). The object of the game is to perfectly deliver papers to subscribers for an entire week and avoid crashing (which counts as one of the player's lives) before the week ends. The game lasts for seven in-game days, Monday through Sunday.


Controlling the paperboy with the handlebar controls, the player attempts to deliver newspapers to subscribers. Each day begins by showing an overview of the street indicating subscribers and non-subscribers. Subscribers and non-subscribers' homes are also easy to discern in the level itself.


Delivering the papers

The paperboy begins his route at the start of the street (bottom of the screen) and progresses towards the end. The player can control the paperboy's speed: faster delivery earns a higher score. But the paperboy is in constant movement and cannot stop moving forward until the level (day of the week) has ended.

In Paperboy, the player attempts to deliver newspapers to subscribers along a suburban street.
In Paperboy, the player attempts to deliver newspapers to subscribers along a suburban street.

The primary objectives of the game are to keep as many subscribers as possible and to stay alive. Secondary objectives include vandalizing non-subscribers' homes and hitting nuisances with newspapers. Paperboy arcade game play. ... Paperboy arcade game play. ...


Keeping subscribers is fairly straightforward: the player must deliver a paper to them. While the player may deliver more than one paper to each customer, they have to avoid accidentally damaging their homes, such as by throwing a paper through a closed window. Delivering a newspaper directly into the customer's newspaper box (or mailbox, as the voiceover calls it) earns bonus points. Accidentally damaging a customer's home or failing to deliver a paper causes the customer to cancel his subscription and may cause him to set traps for the paperboy the next day.


The player must stay alive by avoiding obstacles that appear along the street. Some obstacles include everyday nuisances such as bees, fire hydrants, storm drains, break dancers, cars, skateboarders, and kids playing with radio controlled toys and even rather bizarre foes such as a tornado, oversized house cats, and even the Grim Reaper himself. The player must also cross street intersections successfully (which gets harder each day). Some obstacles can earn the player bonus points. For example, the breakdancer and some men brawling in the street can be "smacked" with a newspaper for extra points. Hitting any of the obstacles with the bike results in the loss of a life. This USPS stamp depicts an 80s breakdancer and a boombox. ... A tornado in central Oklahoma. ... Binomial name Felis catus Linnaeus, 1758 Synonyms Felis lybica invalid junior synonym The cat (or domestic cat, house cat) is a small carnivorous mammal. ... Death, personified is an anthropomorphic figure or a fictional character who has existed in mythology and popular culture since the earliest days of storytelling. ...


Along the way, the paperboy can pick up extra bundles of papers since he can carry only a limited number. These are usually located in difficult-to-reach spots.


Training course

Paperboy encountering some obstacles, such as a tricyclist and a construction worker.
Paperboy encountering some obstacles, such as a tricyclist and a construction worker.

The end of each level contains a "training course" which the player can traverse within an allotted time for bonus points. In the training course are various targets (to be struck with papers), jumps, water and other hazards, etc. Riding over a jump replenishes the paperboy's stock of papers in addition to earning points. As with the rest of the level, the difficulty of the training course increases over the week, with new hazards added each day. Crashing on the course or running out of time ends the day, but does not result in the loss of a life. Successful completion of the training course rewards the player with a bonus for any remaining time. Paperboy arcade game play. ... Paperboy arcade game play. ...


Recapping the delivery

The next day begins with the neighborhood overview again, highlighting new subscribers and any un-subscribers. A flawless delivery record for the previous day results in a new subscriber. The next day through, the street is harder with more obstacles and faster cars.


The game concludes with the Sunday delivery. Papers on Sunday are heavier and can't be thrown as far as the regular dailies. Also, since they're heavier, the paperboy can't carry as many. Successfully delivering papers this day ends the game, but with a newspaper headlined "Paperboy Wins Award For Outstanding Paper-Delivery."


Losing all lives also ends the game with a headline reading "The Paperboy Calls It Quits." Causing all subscribers to cancel their subscriptions results in a headline reading "Paperboy Fired" along with a digitized voice which states "You're fired!"


The arcade version of the game included a number of voice clips, used both as voiceover commentary at game start ("Paperboy... stopping at nothing in his valiant effort to save this land from TV journalism," e.g.) and as the voice of the paperboy himself when tossing a paper into a mailbox or losing a life. Hitting a few particular obstacles could trigger voice clips specific to the obstacle (for example, a satirical "Let's see you hang ten!" when struck by a skateboarder.)


The cabinet of this game is a standard upright but with custom controls. The controls consist of a bicycle handlebar with one button on each side, used to throw papers.


Hardware

The game runs on the Atari System 2 hardware. The CPU is a 10 MHz DEC T11. For sound and coin inputs, it uses a Motorola 6502 at 2.2 MHz. The sound chips are 2 POKEYs for digital sound, a Yamaha YM2151 for music, and a TMS5220 for speech. The protection chip is a Slapstic model 137412-105. The DEC logo Digital Equipment Corporation was a pioneering American company in the computer industry. ... The MOS Technology 6502 is an 8-bit microprocessor that was designed by Chuck Peddle for MOS Technology in 1975. ... Atari POKEY (C012294) pin-out The Atari POKEY is a digital I/O chip found in the Atari 8-bit family of home computers and many arcade games in the 1980s. ... Yamaha redirects here. ... The Yamaha YM2151, also known as the OP-M (FM Operator Type-M) is a sound chip in the YM2100 family. ... The TMS5220 is a speech synthesizer chip created by Texas Instruments in 1979. ...


Ports

Paperboy was ported to consoles, starting in 1986. In some of these versions, the player could assume the role of a papergirl instead of a paperboy. Paperboy was ported to the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron (by Andy Williams, 1986), Commodore 64 (by Chris Harvey and Neil A Bate, 1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), DOS (1988), Nintendo Entertainment System (1988), Apple IIGS, Game Boy (1990), Game Boy Color (1999), Atari ST (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari Lynx (1990), Sega Master System (1990), Game Gear (1991) and Mega Drive/Genesis (1991). In computer science, porting is the process of adapting software so that an executable program can be created for a computing environment that is different from the one for which it was originally designed (e. ... Four different video game consoles from different generations. ... The BBC Microcomputer System was a series of microcomputers and associated peripherals designed and built by Acorn Computers Ltd for the BBC Computer Literacy Project operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation. ... An original press advertisement for the Acorn Electron The Acorn Electron was a budget version of the BBC Micro educational/home computer made by Acorn Computers Ltd. ... The Commodore 64 is the best-selling single personal computer model of all time. ... The ZX Spectrum is a home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Microsofts disk operating system, MS-DOS, was Microsofts implementation of DOS, which was the first popular operating system for the IBM PC, and until recently, was widely used on the PC compatible platform. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... “NES” redirects here. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... The Apple IIGS, the fifth model inception of the Apple II, was the most powerful member of the Apple II series of personal computers made by Apple Computer. ... The Game Boy ) is a handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo, released in 1989 at US$89. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... The Game Boy Color , shortened to GBC) is Nintendos successor to the Game Boy and was released on October 21, 1998 in Japan and in November of 1998 in the United States. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... The Atari ST is a home/personal computer that was commercially popular from 1985 to the early 1990s. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... The original Amiga 1000 (1985) with various peripherals The Amiga is a family of personal computers originally developed by Amiga Corporation. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... The Lynx was a handheld game console released by Atari in 1989. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... The Sega Master System (SMS for short) is an 8-bit cartridge-based gaming console that was manufactured by Sega. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... The Sega Game Gear was Segas first portable gaming system. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... The Sega Mega Drive ) is a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ...


Unlike the arcade version, several of these versions inspired a sequel, Paperboy 2 for several home systems (Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Sega Genesis, NES, SNES, ZX Spectrum), and a 3D version for the Nintendo 64 called Paperboy64. This section needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ...


More recently, Paperboy was included in Midway Arcade Treasures, a compilation of arcade games for the Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox and Windows released in 2003. Midway Arcade Treasures is a collection of 24 arcade games developed by Digital Eclipse and released by Midway for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC. A second collection, Midway Arcade Treasures 2, was released for the same consoles in October 2004 and a third console compilation, Midway Arcade Treasures... The Nintendo GameCube , GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the sixth generation era. ... The PlayStation 2 , abbreviated PS2) is Sonys second video game console, the successor to the PlayStation and the predecessor to the PlayStation 3. ... The PlayStation Portable , officially abbreviated as PSP) is a handheld game console released and manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. ... The Xbox is a sixth generation era video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. ... Microsoft Windows is the name of several families of proprietary software operating systems by Microsoft. ...


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Television

The character and world of Paper Boy was featured prominently in an episode of Captain N: The Game Master. This portrayed a more thought-out world. The paperboy was named Julio, and he got a job delivering papers to help his family as his father had recently lost his job. Captain N: The Game Master is a cartoon series that aired on U.S. and United Kingdom television from 1989 to 1992. ...


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Paperboy (video game) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1156 words)
Paperboy is a 1984 arcade game by Atari Games.
The object of the game is to perfectly deliver papers to subscribers for an entire week and to avoid dying (using up all allotted lives) before the week ends.
Paperboy was ported to several home systems for personal use, starting in 1986.
Cheat Code Central: Nintendo 64 Video Game Review (732 words)
Paperboy purists may balk at such an idea, but personally, I never liked the original anyway and therefore enjoyed my time with this update.
The idea behind Paperboy is simple enough; get on your bike, pick up some papers and huck them at the subsribers porches or mailboxes, and avoid anything that moves.
Paperboy is not a bad game, but it's fairly low on replay value and will probably wear out it's welcome quickly.
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