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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 2.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 1.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 1.6
Overall User Score (11 votes) 1.8

Critic Reviews

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games xtreme (Apr 26, 2000)
I have to admit; I really do like this game. I personally think It's good fun. I find that if I ever get bored of playing properly I just start messing around, performing stunts, hitting anything which breaths with a paper, and seeing how many windows I can break! The only disappointment that I find is, there aren’t enough levels. I would really have liked to have seen a few more. But you do get to redo the same levels for a few more times, each time getting slightly harder!
Call me crazy, but Midway’s got their schtick down pat. As games like Paperboy 64 and other recent releases such as Gauntlet Legends prove, if you take an old license, slap a new coat of paint on it, and spruce up the gameplay a bit, there’s gold hidden under the dust of ages. As it stands, Paperboy 64 is a newsworthy and entertaining title, but if the visuals and replay value had lived up to expectations, this one might have made headlines.
Gaming Target (Jun 22, 2000)
Was I satisfied? Not from what I peddled. Delivering newspapers may be fun and entertaining, yet somehow, on a more advanced system, the 3-D concept doesn't work. This game is like riding with training wheels compared to the classic. I wouldn't replay Paper Boy 64 due to the fact that it was so limited and was lacking in the stunts available in the game. When you ride each route about once or twice, consider it your last trip around the block. Just not worth another try.
Video Games (Apr, 2000)
Viel ist vom alten Paperboy-Charme nicht mehr übrig geblieben. Poppige Farben (und auch entfernt poppende Häuser), ein schräger Sound und putzige Charaktere bestimmen das Bild. Durch die gestellten Unter-Aufgaben könnt ihr euch immer mal wieder aufs BMX schwingen und ein paar neue Secrets entdecken, wochenlange Dauermotivation ist allerdings nicht zu erwarten. Vor allem junge Spieler (bzw. deren Eltern) eine Überlegung wert – der Hardcore-Zocker rümpft die Nase.
So haben es die Entwickler also geschafft, die Neuauflage eines Klassikers in den Tiefen der Bedeutungslosigkeit verschwinden zu lassen. Retro-Fans werden von den vielen Neuerungen ihres Paperboy enttäuscht sein, und Freunde schöner 3-D-Grafiken werden das Spiel aufgrund der grauenhaften Optik und des betagten Gameplays in den Regalen stehen lassen. Wer unbedingt Paperboy spielen will, sollte sich einen alten Commodore 64 für 50 Mark auf dem Flohmarkt besorgen und sich das Spiel in 30 Sekunden aus dem Internet herunterladen.
GameSpot AU (Nov 25, 1999)
While a decent game on its own, Paper Boy 64 doesn't capture the magic of the original arcade game. People looking to relive the magic of Paper Boy would be better off playing the ported version, available to PlayStation owners on the Midway Presents Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection 2 disc, or - better yet - by tracking down an arcade cabinet - handlebars and all.
Retro Game Reviews (Oct 20, 2015)
Paperboy 64 certainly isn't the worst game in the world but it does nothing to enhance the franchise and the new locations are uninspiring. While youngsters might find it mildly amusing there's little here to keep anyone's interest peaked for long and it can really only be recommended to die-hard fans of the series.
CyberGames (1999)
Paperboy N64 makes gratuitous use of polygons; Midway is pushing it as a new 3D version. The detail in these polygonal graphics, however, is severely lacking; the figures are extremely simplistic and unimpressive. The sound effects are few, and the background music is also very simplistic. Overall, this is a very uninspired update to a classic; if you're feeling nostalgic, I suggest you look back to the game's roots instead of to this update.
Paperboy takes the game mechanics from the arcade classic and brings them to the 3D realm. Every level has a theme, from run of the mill trailer parks and neighborhoods, to strange spooky horror scenes. Each has secrets to unlock by nailing everything in sight with your papers. You can also do freestyle bicycle tricks and pick up powerups to help you on your way. Unfortunately, the gameplay is incredibly bland, feeling much slower than the original. You can't back up two feet to toss a paper at something you missed, and the game becomes quickly repetitive. Go play the original Paperboy if nostalgia attacks, but leave this one alone.
Power Unlimited (Mar, 2000)
Alles wat dit spel tof maakte, is vervangen door crap. De zogenaamde 64-bits versie kan zich nooit van zijn lang zal ze leven meten met het origineel.
Mega Fun (Apr, 2000)
Neuauflagen noch und nöcher. ich kann es langsam nicht mehr sehen. Midways Paperboy-Revival bewegt sich zum reinen technisch auf sehr niedrigen Niveau, zum anderen ist die Steuerung sehr hakelig. Zwar haben sich die Entwickler durchaus ihre Gedanken gemacht, wie die Odyssee eines Zeitungsjungen im Jahre 2000 AD.. begeistern könnte, aber die Umsetzung reproduziert leider nicht den Charme und die Spielbarkeit des Originals. Also bleibt am Ende das Fazit, dass man dem betagten Spieleklassiker wohl eher seine verdiente Ruhe im Software-Grab gönnen sollte.
Game Revolution (Feb 01, 2000)
I picked this title up because I had some fond memories of the original. Although it's an interesting novelty, it's hardly satisfying. While definitely something to rent or borrow from a friend, Paperboy isn't necessarily something you'd want to grace your gaming collection.
Total! (Germany) (Mar, 2000)
Die technische Umsetzung von Paperboy ist nicht mehr zeitgemäß. Es fehlt an Blicktiefe, und einige Objekte, wie zum Beispiel Häuser, tauchen wie aus dem Nichts auf dem Bildschirm auf. Zudem wurden auch die Charaktere detailarm und spärlich animiert. Ein weiteres Problem stellt die doch sehr träge ansprechende Steuerung der Zeitungsboten dar. Dieses Game kann nur den treuesten Fans des Automaten-Klassikers ans Herz gelegt werden.