Paperboy

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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 (EU)
Sega Master System
Sega (US)
Developer:
Distributor:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Game Gear
Domark (EU)
Licensor:
Sega Master System
Tengen
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Game Gear
Sega Master System
Atari Games
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:
Sega Mega Drive
1-2
Sega Master System
Sega Game Gear
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
Non-Sega versions

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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
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
40
[15]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
68
[16]
Consoles + (FR)
62
[17]
Console XS (UK) PAL
80
[18]
Cool Gamer (RU)
50
[19]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
63
[20]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
80
[5]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
60
[21]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
76
[22]
Joypad (FR) NTSC-U
60
[23]
Joystick (FR) NTSC-U
59
[24]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
52
[25]
Mega Force (FR)
65
[26]
Mega Play (US) NTSC-U
48
[27]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
70
[28]
Mean Machines (UK)
72
[29]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
72
[30]
Player One (FR)
55
[31]
Play Time (DE)
49
[32]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
58
[8]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
80
[33]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
80
[34]
Sega Force (UK)
79
[35]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
69
[36]
Top Secret (PL)
100
[37]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
60
[38]
Video Games (DE)
46
[39]
Sega Mega Drive
65
Based on
27 reviews

Paperboy

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
Paperboy MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, US (cardboard)
Paperboy MD US cb back.jpgNospine.pngPaperboy MD US cb front.jpg
Cover
Paperboy MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, US (cardboard; alt)
Paperboy MD US cb alt back.jpgNospine.pngPaperboy MD US cb alt front.jpg
Cover
Paperboy MD US Cart.jpg
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)
Paperboy MD EU ALT BoxCover.jpg
Cover
Paperboy MD EU ALT Cart.jpg
Cart
Paperboy MD EU ALT Manual.jpg
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
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
68
[40]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
94
[41]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
88
[42]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK) PAL
89
[43]
Console XS (UK) PAL
81
[44]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
88
[45]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
81
[46]
Game Mania (UK)
89
[47]
Games-X (UK)
60
[48]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
87
[49]
Joystick (FR) PAL
75
[50]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
70
[51]
Mean Machines (UK)
85
[52]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
89
[53]
Player One (FR)
86
[54]
Power Play (DE)
52
[55]
Raze (UK) PAL
76
[9]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
84
[56]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
75
[57]
Sega Pro (UK)
83
[58]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
81
[59]
Zero (UK) PAL
83
[60]
Sega Master System
80
Based on
22 reviews

Paperboy

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)
Paperboy SMS AU hotline cover.jpg
Cover
Paperboy SMS AU cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, BR (cardboard)
Paperboy SMS BR Box Cardboard Back.jpgNospine.pngPaperboy SMS BR Box Cardboard.jpg
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
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Computer & Video Games (UK)
83
[14]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
79
[61]
Game Zone (UK) PAL
68
[62]
Joypad (FR)
80
[63]
Joystick (FR) PAL
58
[64]
Mega Byte (UK) PAL
35
[65]
Mega Force (FR)
55
[66]
Player One (FR)
45
[67]
Play Time (DE)
69
[68]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
79
[69]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
79
[70]
Sega Force (SE)
68
[71]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
76
[72]
Video Games (DE)
41
[73]
Sega Game Gear
65
Based on
14 reviews

Paperboy

Game Gear, US
Paperboy GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngPaperboy 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.jpgPaperboy GG EU BoxSpine.jpgPaperboy GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
Paperboy GG EU cart.jpg
Cart
Paperboy GG EU Manual.jpg
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 0a44819b
MD5 f185e7700fe58f34d1c2968074760cdc
SHA-1 10faaf47e585423eec45285be4f5ce1015ae3386
512kB 1991-12 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 e14250ae
MD5 6e3424093e687ccfca125ef5d34242d0
SHA-1 3384e238edaf8b2f6950cd1660864599e476d29f
512kB 1992-03 Cartridge (JP)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 9856d9ea
MD5 c44efbfd7acbffdc75e377df607ffd29
SHA-1 2e239046e07f511540db351659a6f9408754be28
512kB 1991-10-28 CD-R disc[74] 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

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  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 5.2 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. 8.0 8.1 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
  13. 13.0 13.1 Game Zone, "September 1992" (UK; 1992-08-19), page 65
  14. 14.0 14.1 Computer & Video Games, "November 1992 (Go! Issue 13)" (UK; 1992-10-15), page 22
  15. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 230
  16. Beep! MegaDrive, "July 1992" (JP; 1992-06-08), page 34
  17. Consoles +, "Mars 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 68
  18. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 132
  19. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 152
  20. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 77
  21. Hippon Super, "July 1992" (JP; 1992-06-04), page 38
  22. Hobby Consolas, "Julio 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 54
  23. Joypad, "Mai 1992" (FR; 1992-04-1x), page 88
  24. Joystick, "Mai 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 138
  25. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 93
  26. Mega Force, "Mai 1992" (FR; 1992-05-05), page 68
  27. Mega Play, "June 1992" (US; 1992-0x-xx), page 65
  28. MegaTech, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-20), page 26
  29. Mean Machines, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-27), page 100
  30. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 140
  31. Player One, "Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-06-10), page 60
  32. Play Time, "7/92" (DE; 1992-06-03), page 91
  33. Sega Pro, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-16), page 48
  34. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 66
  35. Sega Force, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-16), page 54
  36. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 86
  37. Top Secret, "Luty 1995" (PL; 1995-xx-xx), page 57
  38. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 133
  39. Video Games, "6/92" (DE; 1992-05-29), page 50
  40. Aktueller Software Markt, "November 1990" (DE; 1990-10-26), page 133
  41. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume III" (UK; 1990-08-xx), page 28
  42. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 103
  43. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 59
  44. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 143
  45. Computer & Video Games, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-12-15), page 41
  46. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 148
  47. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 81
  48. Games-X, "Sneak Preview March 1991" (UK; 1991-0x-xx), page 17
  49. Hobby Consolas, "Octubre 1991" (ES; 1991-xx-xx), page 82
  50. Joystick, "Avril 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 113
  51. Micromanía (segunda época), "Septiembre 1991" (ES; 1991-0x-xx), page 27
  52. Mean Machines, "October 1990" (UK; 1990-09-xx), page 54
  53. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 135
  54. Player One, "Avril 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 33
  55. Power Play, "2/91" (DE; 1991-01-18), page 158
  56. Sega Power, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-12-06), page 30
  57. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 58
  58. Sega Pro, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-20), page 20
  59. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 71
  60. Zero, "February 1991" (UK; 1991-0x-xx), page 87
  61. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 168
  62. Game Zone, "September 1992" (UK; 1992-08-19), page 64
  63. Joypad, "Octobre 1992" (FR; 1992-10-xx), page 146
  64. Joystick, "Octobre 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 157
  65. Mega Byte, "February 6, 1993" (UK; 1993-02-06), page 1
  66. Mega Force, "Octobre 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 73
  67. Player One, "Novembre 1992" (FR; 1992-11-10), page 130
  68. Play Time, "12/92" (DE; 1992-11-04), page 84
  69. Sega Pro, "August 1992" (UK; 1992-07-16), page 42
  70. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 74
  71. Sega Force, "1/93" (SE; 1993-01-14), page 21
  72. Sega Force, "September 1992" (UK; 1992-08-13), page 74
  73. Video Games, "11/92" (DE; 1992-10-28), page 127
  74. Hidden Palace: Paperboy (Oct 28, 1991 prototype)


Paperboy

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Prereleases:
Sega Mega Drive
Prototypes: 1991-10-28