A video game series where you play as a paperboy [[DistaffCounterpart (or papergirl, in some games)]] who delivers newspapers to a local neighborhood.
In this neighborhood, even on Easy Street... [[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou everything is trying to kill you.]]
The result is a hilarious NintendoHard game that is also effectively a RailShooter, even if it doesn't look much like one.
It's '''far''' Better Than It Sounds.
!!''Paperboy'' provides examples of:
* AngryGuardDog: Break the window of a house where a dog lives, and he'll start barking furiously and chase after you.
* AnnouncerChatter: The game has an announcer, and the Paperboy himself will also comment on his own successes and failures.
* BlahBlahBlah: Used as filler text in the newspaper screens.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Both the Paperboy and the announcer sometimes make comments aimed directly at the game player.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Subscribers' homes are bright and colorful, while non-subscribers' homes are ominous and dark.
* ConvenientColorChange: Speaking of the above, the homeowners sure repaint their houses fast!
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Or at least trying to make you crash. Cars pulling in and out of driveways, kids on tricycles, construction workers, small RC cars, cats that jump out in front of you at the last second....
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: ...kinda.
* GameOver: Lose all your lives and the front-page story on the next newspaper is "Paperboy Calls It Quits!", with accompanying articles bearing similarltthemed headlines ("Accused of negligence, vandalism", "Daily Sun now hiring").
** Lose all your subscribers and you get the same thing, albeit with the headline "Paperboy Fired!"
* GeneralGamingGamepads: Specialized; the original arcade game used an analog controller shaped like bicycle handlebars that was like an odd mix of steering wheel and flight stick, except that tilting the handles adjusted speed instead of elevation.
* GoshHornet: The killer bees that later appeared in ''720º'' make an appearance if you go too slowly for too long.
* HaveANiceDaySmile: Some of the houses have these painted on them. Hit one with a paper, and it changes to a frown.
* IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels: "Easy Street", "Medium Road", and "Hard Way".
* NonstandardGameOver: Lose all your subscribers and it's GameOver, regardless of your lives. (In which case the newspaper headline is "Paperboy Fired!" instead of "Paperboy Calls It Quits!".
* RewardingVandalism: Defacing the homes of non-subscribers earns you points. Doing the same to your customers makes them cancel their subscription.
* SheetOfGlass: In the second game.
* ShoutOut: In the original arcade version, one of the comments the Paperboy makes when he throws a paper in a mailbox is, "Now you have a friend in the paper business." This references American jewelry retailer The Shane Company, whose commercial slogan is "Now you have a friend in the diamond business." Also, there is a street sign on Middle Way that shows PacMan crossed out by a red [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_symbol "No" symbol]].
* StalkedByTheBell: If you ride too slowly along your paper route, a swarm of killer bees starts chasing you. (These bees later reappeared in the skateboarding video game ''720'', accompanied by the ominous mandate "SKATE OR DIE!")
* SymbolSwearing: "%#@*!" if you collide with a stationary level hazard (like a house sign or storm drain).[[note]]Colliding with a moving obstacle earns you a "Smack!" instead.[[/note]]
* VideogameCrueltyPunishment: Your customers will cancel their subscription if you break their windows more than once.
** However, if you do enough damage to non-subscribers' houses, they'll become subscribers. See VillainProtagonist.
* VillainProtagonist: You are rewarded for destroying non subscriber's houses - with a subscription. Clearly you are running some kind of racket.
* WorstNewsJudgementEver: Your progress is shown on the front page of newspapers, which raises the question of why anyone subscribes to such a publication in the first place.