Paperboy

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The [Coin-Op] Arcade Video Game by Atari Games Corp. [Milpitas, CA, USA]

 
DESCRIPTION
 
[Coin-Op] Arcade Video Game

Paperboy © 1984 Atari Games.


Paperboy is a one or two-player game in which the objective is to deliver Newspapers to the Paperboy's customers from Monday through to Sunday.

Each game begins with ten customers and ten non-customers. Paperboy's customers live in the brightly coloured houses, while non-customers live in dark coloured houses. To deliver to a customer, the player must throw a paper either into the customer's mailbox, or onto their front porch. Failure to deliver a paper to a customer results in the loss of that customer for the next day. Any damage done to a customer's property also results in the loss of that customer. Losing all ten of Paperboy's customers will get him fired and the game is over. However, on any day in which all customers have their papers successfully delivered, one of the non-customers will re-subscribe.

Non-customers' houses and yards are loaded with targets at which to throw your extra papers (windows, lamps, statues, etc.). Hitting these targets earns points for the "Breakage Bonus", which is displayed at the top center of the screen. The total Breakage Bonus is awarded to the player at the end of each day (or at the end of the game-whichever comes first).

If Paperboy loses a customer, that customer's house will be dark coloured the next day. As a non-subscriber, this house now presents more targets at which to throw newspapers for building up the Breakage Bonus. At the start of each day, a map of Paperboy's route is displayed to indicate subscriber and non-subscriber houses. This helps to remind players of what customers they may have lost on the previous day and the location of remaining customers.

Paperboy can carry a maximum of ten papers at a time, but can restock his supply by riding over paper bundles placed here and there on his route. A paper supply indicator is displayed underneath the player's score.

While making his deliveries, Paperboy must avoid collisions with all stationary objects and other characters moving about the neighborhood. To avoid collisions, Paperboy can ride his bike anywhere - on the sidewalk, in the street, or into front yards. A collision with anything results in the loss of a life.

In addition to the obstacles, non-subscribers are hostile towards Paperboy and will attack him and try to knock him down. If Paperboy damages a subscriber's property, that character may also attack. So the more customers that are lost, the more hostile the neighborhood becomes toward Paperboy.

At the end of each delivery day, players have a chance to sharpen their skills by guiding Paperboy through the Paperboy Training Grounds. This obstacle course is filled with various targets at which to throw newspaper, as well as ramp jumps to be negotiated. This is a bonus round and no lives are lost for failing to reach the finish line.
TECHNICAL
 
PICTURES :
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Paperboy machine
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Paperboy machine
Click to enlarge (members only)
Game ID : 136034

Runs on the "Atari System 2" hardware.

Players: 2
Control: Bicycle handlebars
Buttons: 2 (one on each side of the handlebars, for throwing papers)
TRIVIA
 
Even if the title screen says 1984, Paperboy was released in April 1985.

3,442 units were produced. The selling price was $2,495.

On Monday, June 30, 1986; Mr. Mark Caesar and Mr. Robin Hallingstad filed a suit against Atari Games Corp. for $1 million plus profits alleging that the company stole the idea for a video game that was marketed by the name of PAPERBOY. The boys had submitted to Atari a detailed proposal for a similar game in July 1983.

After a score of 10,000,000 or more is achieved, the initial in the top 10 ranking merges with the score to produce a truly impressive score display. For example, if you had top score at 10,000,000, this would appear as '110000000'.

The default high score screen of "Cyberball 2072" features names of many Atari arcade games, including PAPERBOY.

Phil Britt holds the official record for this game ('Grand Slam' score of all three streets combined) with 1,136,435 points.

The main character appears on the 2012 animation movie "Wreck-It Ralph" from Walt Disney Animation Studios.
TIPS AND TRICKS
 
1) Be careful not to move too slowly - swarms of bees or nasty whirlwinds may come to push you along.
2) Develop skill in maneuvering in and out of tight situations using the handlebar control.
3) Build up your Breakage Bonus by riding over flowers in non-subscribers' yards.
4) Some players prefer to lose many of their customers so they can do more 'trashing'. Others like to try for Perfect Deliveries. See which strategy scores highest for you.
5) Try hitting characters with papers - you might be pleased with the results!
6) Dirt piles in the streets can be used for making jumps, which will also score points
SERIES
 
1. Paperboy (1984)
2. Paperboy II (1992, Sega Genesis)
3. Paperboy (1999, Nintendo 64)
STAFF
 
Designed and programmed by : John Salwitz, Dave Ralston, Russel Dawe (Rusty)
Game art by : Doug Snyder
Sound by : Hal Canon
Animation by : Will Noble
PORTS
 

Consoles:


Atari 7800 usa (unreleased prototype)
Nintendo NES usa (December 1988) "Paperboy [Model NES-PY]"
Sega Master System europe (1990) "Paperboy [Model 5008]"
Sega Master System usa (1990) "Paperboy [Model 5121]"
Nintendo NES europe (October 26, 1990)
Sega Genesis usa (1991)
Sega Mega Drive europe (1991)
Nintendo Famicom japan (January 30, 1991) "Paperboy [Model ALT-7B]"
Sega Mega Drive japan (June 26, 1992) "Paperboy [Model T-48043]"
Sega Master System brazil (1992) by Tec Toy
Sony PlayStation usa "Paperboy [Model SLUS-00848]" : Unreleased
Sony PlayStation usa (December 31, 1997) "Arcade's Greatest Hits - The Atari Collection 2 [Model SLUS-00449]"
Sony PlayStation europe (June 1998) "Arcade's Greatest Hits - The Atari Collection 2 [Model SLES-00712]"
Nintendo 64 usa (October 31, 1999) "Paperboy [Model NUS-NYPE-USA]"
Nintendo 64 europe (March 2000) "Paperboy [Model NUS-NYPP-EUR]"
Sega Dreamcast usa (November 15, 2001) "Midway's Greatest Arcade Hits Vol. 2 [Model T-9714N]"
Sony PlayStation 2 usa (November 18, 2003) "Midway Arcade Treasures [Model SLUS-20801]"
Microsoft XBOX usa (November 24, 2003) "Midway Arcade Treasures"
Nintendo GameCube usa (December 18, 2003) "Midway Arcade Treasures [Model DOL-GAKE-USA]"
Microsoft XBOX europe (February 6, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures"
Sony PlayStation 2 europe (February 6, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures [Model SLES-51927]"
Microsoft XBOX 360 [XBLA] usa europe japan (February 14, 2007) [Retired in 2010]

Handhelds:


Atari Lynx usa (1990) "Paperboy [Model PA2041]"
Nintendo Game Boy europe (1990) "Paperboy [Model DMG-MP-EUR]"
Nintendo Game Boy [UK] (1990) "Paperboy [Model DMG-MP-UKV]"
Nintendo Game Boy usa (July 1990) "Paperboy [Model DMG-MP-USA]"
Sega Game Gear usa europe (1992)
Nintendo Game Boy Color europe (1999) "Paperboy [Model CGB-AYPP-EUR]"
Nintendo Game Boy Color usa (1999) "Paperboy [Model CGB-AYPE-USA]"
Nintendo Game Boy Advance usa (August 21, 2005) "2 Games in One! Paperboy + Rampage [Model AGB-B6BE-USA]"
Nintendo Game Boy Advance europe (September 16, 2005) "2 Games in One! Paperboy + Rampage [Model AGB-B6BP]"
Sony PSP usa (December 13, 2005) "Midway Arcade Treasures Extended Play [Model ULUS-10059]"
Sony PSP europe (February 24, 2006) "Midway Arcade Treasures Extended Play [Model ULES-00180]"

Computers:


BBC Micro europe (1984)
Tandy Color Computer usa (1985) "Paper Route"
Commodore 16 usa (1986)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum europe (1986)
Commodore C64 usa europe (1986)
Amstrad CPC europe (1986) by Elite Systems
PC [MS-DOS, 5.25"] usa (1988)
Apple IIGS (1988)
Atari ST usa (1988)
Amstrad CPC europe (1989) "12 Top Amstrad Hits"
Commodore Amiga europe (1989)
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] usa (January 1, 1999) "Arcade's Greatest Hits - The Atari Collection 2"
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] usa (August 27, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures"
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] europe (November 23, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures"

Others:


Tiger Handheld LCD Game usa (1988)
Mobile Phones usa (June 11, 2006)
BlackBerry usa (November 30, 2009) "Paperboy [Model 4704]"
Apple iPhone/iPod usa (December 18, 2009) "Paperboy [Model 339779244]"
Apple iPhone/iPod usa (January 27, 2010) "Paperboy ES [Model 351632756]"
Apple iPhone/iPod usa (February 3, 2010) "Paperboy Classic [Model 345105800]"
Apple iPhone/iPod usa (November 4, 2010) "Paperboy: Special Delivery [Model 388964792]"
SOURCES
 
Game's ROM.
Game's picture.

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