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River Raid (Atari 2600)

Genre
Perspective
Theme
90
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.8
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.
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Description

River Raid is a vertically scrolling action game. You fly a jet up a river in an attempt to destroy bridges which are vital to the enemy. The river is heavily guarded, however, with balloons, ships, choppers, and enemy aircraft trying to stop you. Along the way you will need to fly over fuel stations to refuel your jet and keep flying.

The plane is armed with a cannon with unlimited ammo. It can be used to destroy the enemy vehicles and bridges, but a careless player can accidentally destroy a fuel station. Colliding with the riverbanks or with the enemy aircraft destroys your plane and makes you lose a life.

Screenshots

River Raid Atari 2600 Shooting planes in a narrow passageway
River Raid Atari 2600 A game in progress
River Raid Atari 2600 The river divides
River Raid Atari 2600 Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Carol Shaw's River Raid" -- Alternate title

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User Reviews

An incredible game - one of the best ever MagFram (43) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
One of the best games on the Atari 2600 James Eldridge (64) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Aug 30, 2005 A 100
Tilt Jul, 1983 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 100
Game Freaks 365 Jul 03, 2010 9.2 out of 10 92
Allt om hemdatorer Dec, 1983 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Le Geek May, 2008 4.5 out of 5 90
All Game Guide 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Atari HQ 2002 8 out of 10 80
TeleMatch May, 1983 2 out of 6 80
VideoGame Mar, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 8 out of 10 80

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Trivia

River Raid holds a sad record. With this game, the German BPjS (Federal Examination Office for Youth-Endangering Publications) expanded into the area of computer games.

Put on the German index for being, among other things, a "para-military training game for kids" on December 19, 1984.

For about 18 years, this game was not just an adult only game in Germany, but it was also illegal to advertise for it and therefore (as advertise also means the pure presence on a store's shelf) it could only bought per request.

But the story had a good end: de-indexed by the BPjS in January 2003 after a verification request by Activision. Otherwise it would be on the index until December 2009 (25 year statute of limitations law appendix; originally, it wouldn't be de-indexed automatically).
Servo (55897) added River Raid (Atari 2600) on Apr 08, 2003
Other platforms contributed by PCGamer77 (3028), RKL (5614), Terok Nor (17833) and Servo (55897)