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Teenage Blob: Paperson – The First Single Review

Official Score

Overall - 65%

65%

Teenage Blob: Paperson is a diet version of Paperboy, but the unique audiovisual presentation leaves a lasting impression. This is one title you play for the experience, rather than the gameplay - it is up to you if that's what you look for in a title.

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Combining a music single with a bite-sized video game, Team Lazerbeam and The Superweaks have teamed up to release Teenage Blob: Paperson – The First Single to the masses. Music and video games can oftentimes go together like peanut butter and jelly, but does this trendy package manage to deliver?

Teenage Blob: Paperson – The First Single Review

Those who live and die by the 80s have no doubt played the Midway classic Paperboy. The First Single takes generous notes from this arcade classic, swapping out the newspapers for subs and making everything funky fresh. Everything else is part and parcel the same though – players will still be delivering these sandwiches to select houses, all while avoiding hazards along the way.

The core gameplay loop worked decades ago, and it works here too. Timing your throws while on a bicycle works as it should, with the ability to go onto the street or the sidewalk for the perfect angle. Hitting a ramp for a sweet jump might be fun, but hitting the grim reaper or a “No Fun” sign and losing half of your sandwiches most certainly isn’t. It’s nowhere near as deep as its inspiration, but what is here covers the same broad strokes.

However, The First Single varies itself up through select segments in-between each delivery segment. Hitting a hill on the way down and flying every which way can be fun, but it is more spectacle than skill. While players can alter their riding position, there’s not much to do to make each of these segments different from one another. These particular segments take inspiration from Ubisoft’s Trials series of games, but this too is a diet version of what made the original so great.

Though the gameplay is heavily inspired by other titles, the presentation in this title is truly one of a kind. The First Single suggests that players turn up the volume before diving in, and we’re inclined to agree – the intense indie rock music leaves a lasting impact, and complements the action quite well. The aesthetics are unique too, though a bit crude – one might think segments like “nice butthole” are cringeworthy, but the vibe would be right at home on Adult Swim or a trendy hipster record shop.

The entirety of this single can be wrapped up in around 15 minutes, but this serves primarily as a taste of things to come. There are a handful of achievements (dubbed “Career Goals”) to unlock, and players can improve their personal finances, but this is a short title by design.

Teenage Blob: Paperson is a diet version of Paperboy, but the unique audiovisual presentation leaves a lasting impression. This is one title you play for the experience, rather than the gameplay – it is up to you if that’s what you look for in a title.

This review of Teenage Blob: Paperson – The First Single was done on the PC. The game was freely downloaded.
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