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Cover art
Developer(s) Chart Top Design
Publisher(s) Tikkurila
Distributor(s) Chart Top Design
Platform(s) Commodore 64
Release 1986
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single player

Painterboy is a game for Commodore 64. Released in 1986, it is one of the first advergames produced in Finland.

The game is advertising paints from Finnish paint company Tikkurila. It is based on "Father and Son" characters from Tikkurila's TV commercials of the time - though somewhat caricatured compared to the commercials, which had actors.


The game is divided to two sections: The driving part and painting part.

In the driving part, the idea is to drive from the office to the house to paint - and back. First, you need to pick a correct paint to paint the house with; wrong choice (such as oil paint for a concrete building) will result in a chastisement from the Father. Driving is straightforward, and is shown from above; the target building shows up in the game map, highlighted with Tikkurila's logo, and compass shows where to drive. Driving off the road, colliding with a building, or getting run over by a train will make the player lose a life.

In the painting section, the player controls the Son, painting various sections of the building. The player must avoid painting any undesired things, such as dogs, birds, the Father, and the Girl Next Door.


The retail price for the game was 67.00 mk for tape version and 69.00 mk for diskette (nominally about 11 ), and was only available through mail order from Chart Top Design, the developer of the game.[1]


  1. ^ Advertisement in MikroBitti issue 12/1986, page 65

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