Paperboy



Weirdo.

Paperboy players know this guy. Bizarre.

Read the full review here.

“The premise is assumed: The player, or two of them, assume the role of the Paperboy.”
– from the full review, which you can read here.

One interesting category of NES games is the arcade ports.

Those games that were once classic arcade cabinets, subsequently converted to the 8-bit format of a Nintendo Entertainment System cartridge. For true old-school gamers, they can be a prickly subject; after all, some may always prefer the original machine unit over the cart version (see: Teenage Mutant Ninja Tutles II), and the actual quality of the console iteration may not matter. Furthermore, whether or not those players just plain prefer the arcades, they may have some very nuanced, arcane judgment calls on which port is a great translation and which port is an awful attempt.

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One historical example is the Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man. In short: It sucks. It is awful, it comes nowhere near emulating the arcade experience, and is viewed somewhat as a cheaply, quickly produced knock-off in order to score sick profits from consumers who knew no better. But, then, take the NES version of Pac-Man; sure, it is nearer to the arcade cabinet, but is it a great game? This is where it gets tricky: The arcade Pac-Man game is nearly universally regarded as among the greatest retro titles of all time. But does that makes for a great NES game?

You can see my opinion on that topic on a previous post, but thankfully, this time was a bit easier for me. See, I find Paperboy very average. Why? Well, it is a matter of pros and cons, good traits balancing out bad characteristics. The good: Very distinctive gameplay, solid challenge level, quirky touches, and high-score replay value. The bad: Dreary (could just be a personal opinion here) visuals, a bit just-plain-boring to me, inconsistent hit detection issues, and high-score replay value. Even the soundtrack has pros and cons, with fantastic effects facing off against something like elevator music for background tracks. Appropriate, maybe, but of high regard, no.

Read The Full Review For: A fairly thorough explanation of the game, for those unfamiliar, including an overview of what makes it unique in gaming history.

NES Gameplay Tips for Paperboy: Now, I am not the greatest at Paperboy, nor even likely all that great, and need practice. But I can tell you this: Use the sidewalk as much as possible. Hop up there when you can, and roam through the yards. This is for one simple reason: Street obstacles tend to come as a surprise, whereas lawn obstacles tend to give you more time to maneuver around them and dodge, partially just due to the pure fact that, because of the gameplay angle, you have more time to analyze and react. Otherwise, my only other tip would be to break a lot of windows, especially when you are about to pick up a bundle of papers.

Also: Check out this very funny webcomic about NES Paperboy. The Underfold = quality.

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3 Responses to “ Paperboy ”

  1. “One historical example is the Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man. In short: It sucks. It is awful, it comes nowhere near emulating the arcade experience, and is viewed somewhat as a cheaply, quickly produced knock-off in order to score sick profits from consumers who knew no better.”

    Eric, explain this further please. You would have had to be a consumer back then to fully appreciate what you were purchasing. Were you even born when this game was released?

  2. Hello Elliot — No, I was not born when the Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man was released. As far as a further explanation goes, essentially: Outside of my misrepresentation of a bygone and unexperienced consumer era (I am assuming that you feel as though you have somehow been insulted), my point is that some arcade-to-cartridges have been, by general consensus, considered to be terrible, and one example is the Atari 260 conversion of Pac-Man. Does that further explanation suffice, or did you want more details on when exactly I was born? 🙂

  3. Not to incite further arguments, but the 2600 version of Pac-Man was awful… anyways, I had a blast with the NES version of Paperboy when I was a kid. It’s a menial game in the NES library, but when I only wanted to play for a few minutes, it always managed to provide the right amount of entertainment.

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