River Raid (Atari 2600)

Genre
Perspective
Theme
91
Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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User Score
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 Title screen
River Raid Atari 2600 The river divides
River Raid Atari 2600 A game in progress

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

Critic Reviews

Tilt Jul, 1983 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 100
Defunct Games Jan 07, 2014 A+ 100
Retroage Aug 07, 2010 9.7 out of 10 97
Game Freaks 365 Jul 03, 2010 9.2 out of 10 92
Le Geek May, 2008 4.5 out of 5 90
Allt om hemdatorer Dec, 1983 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Atari HQ 2002 8 out of 10 80
VideoGame Mar, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
TeleMatch May, 1983 2 out of 6 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 8 out of 10 80

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Trivia

River Raider Patch

Players who were able to rack up 15,000 points or higher were eligible to receive the "River Raider" patch from Activision if they sent in a screenshot to the company.

Awards

  • Zzap!
    • May 1985 (Issue 1) - #50 'It's the Zzap! 64 Top 64!'

Servo (55772) added River Raid (Atari 2600) on Apr 08, 2003
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