Paperboy

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  • Mega Drive
  • Master System
  • Game Gear
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Paperboy
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Game Gear
Tengen
Sega Master System
U.S. Gold
Developer:
Distributor:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Game Gear
Domark (EU)
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Publisher(s) of original games: Atari Games
Developer(s) of original games: Atari Games
Genre: Action[1][2][3]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,800 (7,004)6,800e[4] T-48043
Sega Mega Drive
US
$54.9554.95[5] 301029-0150
Sega Mega Drive
EU
301029-0170
Sega Mega Drive
PT
MDJ-301029-0170
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.9934.99[7][8] 301029-0170
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
KR
GM4053JT
Sega Master System
US
5121
Sega Master System
EU
25008-50
Sega Master System
PT
MSJ25008
Sega Master System
UK
£29.9929.99[9][10] 25008-50
Sega Master System
AU
25008-50
Sega Master System
BR
Sega Game Gear
US
301029-0161
Sega Game Gear
EU
T-48028-50
Sega Game Gear
UK
£24.9924.99[14] T-48028-50

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Paperboy (ペーパーボーイ) is an arcade game developed by Atari Games which was ported to variety of systems since its initial release in 1984, including the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System and the Sega Game Gear. The Mega Drive and Game Gear ports were handled by Tengen, while the Master System version was handled by U.S. Gold.

The Master System version of Paperboy was the first game for the console to be developed in the United Kingdom.

Gameplay

In Paperboy, players control an unnamed paperboy riding a bike while attempting to deliver papers on one of three streets. While you can speed up and slow down with Up and Down respectively, the bike continously moves towards the top right hand corner of the screen, so the player also needs to navigate the street and avoid any obstacles to avoid losing lives.

The objective is to throw papers horizontally to the left, attempting to land them on the doorstops (or letterboxes) of subscribers. If the player misses a house or breaks a window by mistake, that house will be lost as a subscriber. If there are no subscribers left, the game ends. To gain subscribers, the opposite has to be done - papers have to be thrown at the windows of non-subscribers.

There are a limited number of papers (with refils being placed around the level), and at the end of a street, the player rides through a short obstacle course with targets that grant extra points. Points are also awarded for hitting other targets on the street, such as for example, burglars attempting to get into a house.

History

Legacy

Paperboy was followed by Paperboy 2.

Magazine articles

Main article: Paperboy/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Paperboy/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
68 [15]
69 [16]
62 [17]
80 [18]
60 №1992-07, p38
76 [19]
60 [20]
52 №5, p93
70 [21]
72 [22]
72 [23]
55 [24]
58 [25]
80 [26]
80 №18, p66
50 [27]
79 [28]
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67
Based on
17 reviews
Mega Drive, JP
Paperboy MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
Paperboy MD JP CartTop.jpg
Paperboy MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Paperboy MD JP Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
Paperboy MD US Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, US (cardboard)
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, US (cardboard; alt)
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Paperboy MD US cb alt front.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, EU (Colour manual)
Paperboy MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Paperboy MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Paperboy MD EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU (Black & white manual)

Mega Drive, PT
Paperboy MD PT cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, KR
Paperboy MD KR Box.jpg
Cover

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
94 №3, p28/29
88 [29]
88 [30]
88 [31]
81 [32]
89 [33]
60 [34]
87 [35]
87
75 [36]
70 №40
85 [37]
89 [38]
86 [39]
76 [9]
84 [40]
80 [41]
83 [42]
83 №16, p87
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83
Based on
19 reviews
Master System, US
Paperboy SMS US Box.jpg
Cover
Paperboy SMS US Cart.jpg
Cart
Paperboy sms us manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU
Paperboy SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
Paperboy SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Paperboy SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, PT
Paperboy SMS PT cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, AU
Paperboy SMS AU Box.jpg
Cover
Paperboy SMS AU cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU (Hotline sticker)
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, BR (cardboard)
Paperboy SMS BR Box Cardboard Back.jpg
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Cover
Paperboy SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Paperboy SMS BR Manual Cardboard.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR
Paperboy SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
Paperboy SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Paperboy SMS BR Manual.pdf
Manual

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Computer & Video Games (UK)
83
[14]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
79
[43]
Game Zone (UK) PAL
68
[44]
Joypad (FR)
80
[45]
Joystick (FR) PAL
58
[46]
Mega Byte (UK) PAL
35
[47]
Mega Force (FR)
55
[48]
Player One (FR)
45
[49]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
79
[50]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
79
[51]
Sega Force (SE)
68
[52]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
76
[53]
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67
Based on
12 reviews

Paperboy

Game Gear, US
Paperboy GG US Box Back.jpg
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Paperboy GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Paperboy GG US Cart.jpg
Cart
Paperboy GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
Paperboy GG EU Box Back.jpg
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Cover
Paperboy GG EU cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1991-10-28 Page
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 294e0759
MD5 a0a053017d9cae9dd8ce8676355b16b9
SHA-1 e91dae35a3ca3a475e30b7863c03375d656ec734
128kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 327a0b4c
MD5 9b694d765038ffb87b36174412452588
SHA-1 736718efab4737ebf9d06221ac35fa2fcc4593ce
128kB Cartridge (US)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 f54b6803
MD5 60e9482350815e3be5adc2a59234f05a
SHA-1 b1f81f9e2b7197b2fa1475b9cd422479780ef7f2
128kB Cartridge (US/EU)

References

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  2. File:Paperboy MD KR Box.jpg
  3. File:Paperboy GG EU Box Back.jpg
  4. Beep! MegaDrive, "July 1992" (JP; 1992-06-08), page 20
  5. 5.0 5.1 GamePro, "March 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 48
  6. 6.0 6.1 Sega Power, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-06), page 10
  7. Mean Machines, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-27), page 102
  8. Sega Power, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-02), page 36
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Raze, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-11-29), page 47
  10. Mean Machines, "October 1990" (UK; 1990-09-xx), page 56
  11. Supergame, "Agosto 1991" (BR; 1991-08-xx), page 26
  12. GamePro, "July 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 90
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  14. 14.0 14.1 Computer & Video Games, "November 1992 (Go! Issue 13)" (UK; 1992-10-15), page 22
  15. Beep! MegaDrive, "July 1992" (JP; 1992-06-08), page 32 (34)
  16. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 84 (86)
  17. Consoles +, "Mars 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 68-70 (68)
  18. GamePro, "March 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 46 (48)
  19. Hobby Consolas, "Julio 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 54/55 (54)
  20. Joypad, "Mai 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 88/89 (88)
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  26. Sega Pro, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-16), page 48/49 (48)
  27. Sega Force Mega, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-06-24), page 88
  28. Sega Force, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-16), page 54/55 (54)
  29. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 103
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  36. Joystick, "Avril 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 113
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  46. Joystick, "Octobre 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 157
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  53. Sega Force, "September 1992" (UK; 1992-08-13), page 74


Paperboy
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