River Raid (Atari 2600)

Genre
Perspective
Theme
91
Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.7
User Score
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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 A game in progress
River Raid Atari 2600 The game in black and white mode
River Raid Atari 2600 Shooting planes in a narrow passageway
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

Critic Reviews

Defunct Games Jan 07, 2014 A+ 100
The Video Game Critic Aug 30, 2005 A 100
Tilt Jul, 1983 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 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
TeleMatch May, 1983 2 out of 6 80
Atari HQ 2002 8 out of 10 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 (55769) added River Raid (Atari 2600) on Apr 08, 2003
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