In a Minute Review - Paperboy
Paperboy is a perfect game.
Combine a tableau of obstacles, precision-twitch push button gameplay, and business management and you get this Midway quarter-jacking arcade classic. The game is faithfully emulated by Digital Eclipse and is nearly pixel perfect to the original arcade release.
Paperboy controls well using the Xbox 360 controller (much easier than its arcade progenitor which had super cool BMX handlebars) and features 12 easily obtainable achievements. In this way, I feel that the XBLA release treats the source material well and doesn't punish you with impossible to accomplish achievements.
What always made the game fun to me was the way the game offered you three streets in progressing difficulty, and a full week to work your paper route. As ridiculous as it sounds making it through a week's worth of work is rewarding and challenging.
Paperboy is not the kind of game that will monopolize all of your time- but it is a great title to have in your library - and playing it from time to time is the video game equivalent of wearing a nice old baseball cap.
Paperboy is a retro title- but it squarely fits within that 8 bit generation that many 30 something gamers fondly remember. So go ahead, take a ride on Easy Street- just don't throw your paper through my window.