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Saturday, 13 June 2009

Paperboy - ZX Spectrum

I really loved this game back in my childhood, and it still plays well. Oddly enough I've got Paperboy on my Atari ST emulator as well, but that is much, much harder,

In Paperboy you score points by delivering papers, and also by breaking windows of non-subscribers, defacing graves (you fiend!), taking the lid off bins... anything that you can throw your trusty papers at, basically. There seem to be a lot of graves around... not sure why that's the case, maybe that's not what they're meant to be?!?


Anyway, you have to try to keep your subscribers happy or you'll lose them. Lose all your subscirbers and it's the end of the game. You can get lost subscribers back if you make a perfect delivery though. You also need to avoid dogs, cars and other obstacles or you'll lose a life - lose all your lives and it is, naturally, game over.


At the end of a hard day's work delivering papers, what do paperboys like to do? Erm... take part in an obstacle course, apparently! That's what happens in this game, anyway.


Paperboy is a classic and fairly iconic game even though it was something of a one-off - it has rarely been remade and scarcely ever cloned. I would recommend the Speccy version over all others (even the original arcade version), though that's partly because it's the first version I ever played.


Nostalgia is a wonderful thing, don't you think?!?




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