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Paperboy - Xbox Live Arcade review

Newspaper and internet collide in an arcade oldster


  • Authentic visuals and music
  • Smashing windows of non-subscribers
  • Bludgeoning breakdancers


  • Imprecise controls
  • Not seeing your online partner/opponent
  • Only three different levels to choose from

The hits just keep on coming on Xbox Live Arcade. The latest coin-op classic to hit the service is a touching tale of a boy, his bicycle, and an unrelenting urge to smash all things breakable with tightly-rolled wads of tree byproducts. Paperboy was - and still is - an awesome game. At least, if you%26rsquo;re looking for a short diversion... say, something you might spend $0.25 a pop for.

Paperboy on the 360 is an authentic recreation of the mid-80s arcade machine, save for the absence of the original's bike handlebar-style controller. And that means that this latest console iteration of Paperboy suffers from the same problem that%26rsquo;s been plaguing the remakes since they first started appearing on the NES: imprecise control.

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DescriptionFor around five bucks, Paperboy is a worthwhile purchase.
PlatformXbox 360
US censor ratingEveryone
Release date14 February 2007 (US), 14 February 2007 (UK)