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Elite Systems Ltd
1986
Arcade: Action
£7.95
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Marcus Berkmann
Chris Bourne

Another huge Elite game of a few years back, although in this case I could never really see what all the fuss was about. As the paperboy you cycle through your neighbourhood (which conveniently takes the form of a very straight road, with houses on only one side) and deliver your papers by bunging them at the letterboxes (conveniently labelled 'SUN' - is that the paper they all take?). Get the paper in and you get 250 points - fail and the household will cancel its subscription. You need to avoid the sort of hazards that cassette inlay notes always describe as 'hilarious' - to whit, tramps, geezers on motorbikes, hydrants, cars, and anything else sprite shaped. There are also some hamper-shaped things to be picked up for extra points, and you can have fun by breaking windows of people who aren't your customers. Quite a wheeze, and indeed this game has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide on various formats. Nowadays, though, it does look a bit dated - after all, it's so old that on initial release there was even an Electron version. Quite neatly put together, but overrated.

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