The days of the neighbourhood paper route may be seriously limited, but the fun to be had playing Paper Girl, the brand new game from Wellington indie-developer Gamelab, stretches out endlessly before us.
Built using Gamefroot, this Paper Boy clone takes the best elements of the Atari sensation and modernises it (but not too much). Featuring blistering 3D pixel art, 12 upgradeable female characters and a main protag kicking ass and taking names on a bicycle, Paper Girl delivers a charming retro experience on your mobile phone.
The guts of Paper Girl was built using Wellington-based Gamelab’s Gamefroot engine; a plug and play game-building app that has been used to teach simple coding techniques and game development skills to legions of kids.
“We wanted to do two things with Paper Girl,” says Gamelab / Gamefroot head Dan Milward. “One, make an amazing Paper Boy clone. Anyone who remembers this game and its multiple versions will know precisely why we wanted to make a version for the twenty-tens. Two, show off just how good Gamefroot is.”
As well as using it to develop its own games, Gamelab actively shops Gamefroot for teaching kids (and sometimes whole families) how to code in a simple, fun way – by making games themselves.
“We sometimes forget that the system we’ve built can be used by us,” says Milward. “Paper Girl has helped us remember that we’ve built something pretty special with Gamefroot.”
Fans of Atari’s smash hit will recognise many of the game’s key elements: scoring, scrolling, negotiating obstacles is all very familiar. Naturally, the game brings a host of new features: level variations, original music, and lots of new objects to dodge, or to shoot with well-timed newspapers
Paper Girl is available now from the App Store and Google Play free, with in-app upgrades.