Monday, December 31, 2012

Game Review: Paper Dash


In a flashback to the past, our childhood memories of chucking papers at houses has come back in mobile form. Paper Dash, by Random Salad Games LLC, is one of those classic games that has been done up right. Taking the arcade classic “Paperboy” by Atari (1984) and making the controls touchscreen friendly has been done to perfection.

Paper Dash sets up very quickly with a boy and his bike heading down the road. Then the fun begins with a major accident that causes $10,000 in damages. Your job is to get your paper route, earn $10,000 and pay off all the damages. You earn additional money on your route by collecting pop cans and bottles – among other bonus items. In our first 15-20 minutes of play, we earned $200, so that $10,000 should take quite some time to earn.

The game play is rather simple, just like the original, but as the levels become more advanced, the play becomes harder and harder – almost to the point of being too hard. Paper Dash starts out in the suburbs with nice streets, easy to hit paper boxes and very few obstacles. As you advance, there are more and more objects to avoid, boxes to hit and papers to find.

Paper Dash is one of those perfect classic arcade adaptations that comes along once in a while. Too often, classics become watered down versions of their historic versions, but thankfully, this is not one of those cases. If we were to pick on the low point off the game, it would be that there really needs to be more levels. Hopefully the developer will release a paid version that allows you to go further in the game than the free version, but for now, the ad supported version will keep you entertained for quite some time.

Paper Dash is free in ad supported format, which do not impede the game play at all. You can download it via the Windows Phone Store on your Windows Phone 7, 7.5 or 8 device. You can go directly to the market link by clicking here.

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