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Founded 1987-??-??
Last Release 1992-??-??

Paperboy is a scrolling-shooter developed by Atari. You play as a paperboy who must deliver papers to all of the subscribers for the newspaper that he works for. If the paperboy fails to deliver to a subscribers house, the residents will unsubscribe. In some ports, the only way to win them back is to make perfect deliveries (deliver a paper to each subscriber's house). The player can choose one of three paper routes, each named after their difficulty; Easy Street, Middle Road, and Hard Way. The goal of the game is so survive one week of being a paperboy. The player starts out with three lives and will lose a life with anything that touches the paperboy. The game has seen several home and mobile ports and has spawned a couple sequels.

Later, Tengen and Mindscape teamed up to release Paperboy 2. In the original game, you could only play as a paperboy and throw papers to the left. In Paperboy 2, you can now also play as a papergirl and throw papers to the right. There are also more (unrealistic) obstacles such as ghosts and cannons.



Paperboy 2

Atari/Tengen decided to make a sequel based off the success of the first game, but rather than make an arcade game, they decided to release it for home computers and consoles. Also, instead of developing the game themselves, they outsourced the development of most versions to Eastridge Technology. The game plays similar to the first, but you can now play as a papergirl, you can shoot papers both left and right (as the stage changes perspectives), and more wacky obstacles. There is also a password system to save your progress.

Paperboy 64

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  • In the SNES version of Paperboy 2, the game uses the Slap Bass patch from the Korg M1. The same exact instrument was used in the Seinfeld theme song. As a result, many people have compared the Paper Route song in the second game to the Seinfeld theme song.