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River Raid (Atari 2600)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

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

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Overall User Score (31 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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Defunct Games
River Raid still stands as a testament to scrolling shoot-em-up game design. Anyone can load it up and enjoy it. Luckily, you don't have to dig the Atari 2600 out of storage to play it since it's shown up on every single Activision collection ever released. You have no excuse; check out River Raid!
River raid en revanche exige de vous des qualités de sang-froid, de réflexes, d'habitudes hors du commun.
The Video Game Critic
All in all, River Raid is easy to play and just plain fun. On the 2600, it really doesn't get a whole lot better than this.
Posiadacze Atari 2600 raczej nie byli rozpieszczani hitami i najważniejsze tytuły dla tej konsoli można wymienić na palcach dwóch rąk. Z całą pewnością wśród tych nielicznych gier w czołówce znajduje się również River Raid. Dopracowany pod względem oprawy audiowizualnej, pomysłowy jak na ówczesne standardy i przede wszystkim niesamowicie grywalny. Czego chcieć więcej? Bez wątpienia jest to pozycja obowiązkowa dla każdego Atarowca.
Game Freaks 365
There is no logical reason for anybody who owns an Atari 2600 to be without this game. If you own the system and do not have a copy of this game, shame on you. Go out and buy it immediately. Despite the lack of game modes, this game has replay value that is virtually unending, so buying it would be a decision you would never regret.
All Game Guide
Designed by Carol Shaw, the first female game programmer for home consoles, River Raid is an early vertically scrolling shooter in which players guide a jet fighter above a river while shooting helicopters, battleships, hot air balloons, land tanks, jets and bridges. The fighter in this overhead view game can accelerate and decelerate, and is equipped with unlimited ammo. However, it must refuel frequently by flying over fuel depots. There are no levels as such, but bridges act as save points. One of the better games for the Atari VCS, River Raid has tight controls, a constantly changing landscape, strategic flying action, adequate sound effects and crisp, detailed graphics.
Le Geek
While modern shoot 'em ups make River Raid seem quaint, it's still thrilling to see how far you can go, as the enemies get deadlier and numerous, and the river becomes more and more treacherous. Highly recommended.
Allt om hemdatorer
"River Raid" är alltså ett snabbt prickskyttespel, där övning sannerligen ger färdighet. Ju mer jag har spelat och lärt mig "kartan", ju skickligare blir jag naturligtvis. Och "River Raid" är just ett sådant spel som jag aldrig tröttnar på, trots att det ju faktiskt är ett krigsspel – om än skapat av en kvinna. Carol Shaw ska ha en stor eloge för det!
River Raid ist ein Spiel, das einen nicht so schnell losläßt. Man wartet fieberhaft darauf, weitere Abschnitte kennenzulernen, die stets schwierigere Manöver erfordern. Schade, daß kein Zufallsfaktor die Ablauffolge des leider extrem kriegerischen Geschehens variiert. Ein gutes Gedächtnis ist hier viele Punkte wert!
Atari HQ
With crisp and colorful graphics and great gameplay, Shaw has created a winner. It does get tougher as you progress, especially since fuel becomes less plentiful and the fact that you have to do some fancy acrobatics to avoid hitting the ground. This shooter soars high in my book.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
Hello, my name is Matt, and I'm not a classic gamer. No matter how hard I tried, I could never sit for an extended period of time only to rack up a high score. I have to have some sort of finale, a conclusion, anything except a never-ending game. There are a few games that transcend this problem though. River Raid is one of the games that I could sit for hours and play, growing ever-frustrated by the monotony, but unable to drop the controller.
O exército inimigo tomou posições importantes em um rio. Com um poderoso caça supersônico, você fará um emocionante vôo rasante para destruir o arsenal adversário, composto por barcos e helicópteros. Muito cuidado: você não poderá colidir com eles, ou perderá uma vida. A cada inimigo abatido são computados pontos, que serão maiores quanto mais difícil for abatê-los.