Back in the early ’80s Midway rolled out the destined-to-be-a-classic arcade game Paper Boy in which bike-riding players delivered newspapers to subscribers while avoiding numerous pitfalls and obstacles. Ports to home gaming systems through the years kept the kid’s career active and now Paper Boy is promoted to the Nintendo 64 platform in a familiar yet entirely unique 3-D action adventure.
As in the original version Paper Boy must deliver the daily news to subscribers’ homes landing each toss perfectly to avoid canceled subscriptions. To add to the kid’s stress his or her paper route traverses more than two dozen hazard-laden neighborhoods from the classic suburban sprawl to arid desert communities to deep forest dwellings. Along the way the player rides into a mess of dangers: in addition to crazed animals and inattentive drivers the end of the century brings such prophetic hazards as spewing volcanoes and invading aliens.
No longer stuck on a straight path players explore the 3-D world with full freedom of movement. In addition Paper Boy now performs all sorts of tricks–bunny hops flips spins–that help him or her along the way. Keep on rollin’ old buddy. –Eric Twelker
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