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Published on February 26th, 2012 | by Chris Ramirez, Editor

In With the Old, Out With the New – Week 4

Here at GAMINGtruth.com, one thing we all love is retro games. The majorities of the staff has their own personal collections of games and systems–and play them often. We encourage our readers to step away from the new, just for a little bit, and go back to the games that made modern gaming possible. However, the GAMINGtruth staff understands how difficult that could be sometimes. Not everybody saved their older gaming consoles, and unless you score at a yard sale or thrift store–buying older consoles and games could be pricey.

However, developers have been re-releasing some of their classic games. This time, you could play on the go, anywhere you want. No, it is not a Nintendo DS or a PlayStation Vita, or even a PSP. Surprisingly, a number of these classic games can be played on iOS devices. Apple’s App Store has a number of retro games available at a cheaper price than you will find for the console version.

Ever week, GAMINGtruth.com will highlight one of these games no retro gamer, iOS device owner should not be without.

This week: Paperboy.

Back in the days before the Internet, our daily news was delivered to our doorstep by a child on a bike. Surprisingly, this simple concept inspired a classic arcade game. Atari’s Paperboy released into arcades across the world in 1984 and has been ported and remade/remixed onto a number of game consoles in the past 28 years. However few of the ports carried the charm as the original arcade release.

With the evolution of technology, the concept of the “paperboy” simply does not exist anymore. One of the technical evolutions is the iOS devices with the ability to get all the news at the palm of your hands the very second it releases. With a dying job position and concept, it makes since that the game Paperboy will suffer a similar fate.

Despite Paperboy’s irrelevant concept for new age gamers, it continues to last the test of time. Paperboy is such a classic that it has found its way has an app available on Apple’s App Store.

At $0.99 you could relive the enjoyment of delivering paper to your fellow neighbors and vandalizing those who did not subscribe.

The trouble with reiterations of Paperboy throughout the years is they overdo it. Playing these games left an empty feeling in your gaming soul. It simply was not the same as the original. However, the iOS version of Paperboy will bring back fond memories of the original. All of the original obstacles are here and they are animated like the original arcade game. Keep an eye out for the burglar, run away lawnmower, traffic, dogs, and ramps. The challenges are still at the end of each route and you still have to be worry about crossing the street. With a slight graphical update, the iOS version of Paperboy has a very similar look to the original without it looking outdated.

You have the option to play Paperboy in a new innovative way by utilizing the iOS tilt feature or,  for us retro gamers, play with  traditional controls.  The newer controls take a little bit to get used to, but once you are passed the learning curve you will be enjoying Paperboy in a whole new way.  The iOS version of Paperboy delivers all of the fun and enjoyment of the original and should not be passed up by any retro gamer.

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HI! I am fanatic of all things gaming from cabinet, cartridge, disc, to digital distribution. I am the Editor with an emphasis on family and indie games. I collect toys, figures, and Pops! and enjoy taking photos of my collection and more. Visit my Instagram @CheckPointChris. Subscribe on my Facebook under Chris Ramirez, follow me on Twitter and Twitch @CheckpointChris.

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