Paperboy by Elite

paperboy_01Publisher: Elite
Developer: Elite
Release Date: 1986
Code: C. Harvey & N. Bate
GFX: C. Harvey & N. Bate
Music: Mark Cooksey
ZZAP64 Game Rating: 44%
Our Game Rating: 83%
Completed by Vinny Mainolfi & Frank Gasking
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

> CLICK HERE to Download emu file
You may have already read elsewhere on this site that I am a big fan of Chris Harvey and Neil A. Bate games and so it is obvious that I am going to enjoy Paperboy.
On the whole, it is very well executed game and is easy to play. The only problem I have with the game is the NASTY colours that Chris either chose to use or had no option but to use – your choice. Cacky colours aside, the game is quite easy to complete but unfortunately I had no time to play through the whole game and so I used a level-skip cheat! Just as well I did!! …
The week’s papers have finally been delivered!
WHAT?!? IS THAT IT?! The End.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I completed this game using a level-skip option on a cracked version of the game. To speed up the processes of passing through the levels, I turned up the speed on my C64 Emulator to 400%, which enable me to complete the game in about 15 seconds!!
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Nothing much happens apart from the above screen appearing!!!
Vinny: I would like to think that Chris and Neil kept this game ending true to the arcade and DIDN’T take the easy option of displaying a simple one-screen-ending because he could be bothered!! It truly is a pile of shite.
FINAL SAY: We didn’t even bother including a download of the ending as it is SO crap!

G.E. RATING: 1 / 10

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1 Response to Paperboy by Elite

  1. I really enjoyed this conversion, and thought it held up very well as an 8-bit translation. The Sega Master System version certainly looked more attractive, with better colours and smaller, more detailed sprites, but the C64 version had much more scenery to destroy, and the bigger, chunkier sprites were somehow more cartoon-like anyway. The palette-switched colours were horribly clashy, though, and the ending was certainly a let-down.


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