Paperboy (ARC)

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Platform: Arcade
Year: 1985
Developer: Atari Games
For other games in the series, see Paperboy.

Paperboy is a 1985 arcade game developed and published by Atari Games. It was one of the first games to use an isometric view.

In the game, you play as the titular Paperboy, who works for The Daily Sun newspaper. The goal of the game is to deliver papers to your subscribers and destroy the property of non-subscribers, all while dodging numerous obstacles. Some of these obstacles include breakdancers, brawlers, cats, and dogs. Even Death himself will appear in some levels in attempt to make your life miserable. At the end of each route is a training course, where the player can attempt to rack up extra points and gain extra lives. The player can throw papers at obstacles to stop them as well, but they only get 10 papers to start with. Extra newspapers can be collected throughout the route.

The game has three different routes which denote the difficulty; Easy Street, Middle Road, and Hard Way. Each route has seven levels to fit with each day of the week.

The game was critically acclaimed and ported to almost every platform under the sun. The NES version is perhaps the best known home console port of the game. A sequel was also made, Paperboy 2.


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The title screen.

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Selecting a difficulty.

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Delivering papers.

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The training course.

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Perfect Delivery!

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Game Over.


Paperboy is one of the best known arcade soundtracks. In particular, the main theme played during the paper route has been both arranged and performed by several of its listeners. The training course music is also memorable. The game's soundtrack is also used in most other ports of the game. The main theme during the paper route is a mid-paced funky theme that fits with the pace and action of the game.

The game's soundtrack was written by Hal Canon, who had composed numerous soundtracks for Atari. To create the music and sound for Paperboy, Hal used RPM.

The recording was taken from the VGM rip. The track Name Entry should be recorded, as it loops from the wrong place. The song titles are taken from the album GAME SOUND LEGEND SERIES「THAT’S ATARI MUSIC VOL.II」. However, it does not contain all of the songs.

According to Brad Fuller, Paperboy was to be the first video game to use the YM2151. However, delays in development meant that Marble Madness (ARC) was actually the first game to use the chip. However, some would argue this was for the better, as Marble Madness features much more impressive music by Canon and Fuller.


# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 Credit Hal Canon 0:07
02 Select Hal Canon 0:26
03 Route Start Hal Canon 0:02
04 Main Theme Hal Canon 2:16
05 Get Hit Hal Canon 0:02
06 Bonus Stage Hal Canon 0:29
07 Clear Hal Canon 0:04
08 Service Report Hal Canon 0:04
09 Cancelled Subscriptions Hal Canon 0:03
10 Bridge 1 Hal Canon 0:03
11 A New Day Hal Canon 0:02
12 Bridge 2 Hal Canon 0:02
13 Bridge 4 Hal Canon 0:06
14 Game Over Hal Canon 0:04
15 Name Entry Hal Canon 0:41
16 Bridge 3 Hal Canon 0:09



Like most of Atari's games at the time, the credits can be seen by waiting through the demos. Though Earl Vickers is also credited, he only did the voice effects. Brad Fuller is also listed in the game's high scores as BF, but it is unknown if he made any contribution to the game's soundtrack.

Audio Devices

The game uses the YM2151 clocked at 3.579545 Mhz. It also uses two POKEY chips at 1.789772 Mhz, and a TMS5220C at 625 kHz.

Game Rip




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This rip is missing songs.



  USA.svg   USA
Paperboy - ARC - USA.jpg
Title: Paperboy
Platform: Arcade
Released: 1985-04-??
Publisher: Atari Games
  Japan.svg   Japan
Title: (Paperboy)
Platform: Arcade
Released: 1985-??-??
Publisher: Namco