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River Raid (Atari 5200)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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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.


River Raid Atari 5200 Flying up the river...
River Raid Atari 5200 Watch out for fire from that tank on the shore!
River Raid Atari 5200 Title screen
River Raid Atari 5200 An end of level bridge

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Oct 05, 2000 B+ 83
The Atari Times Feb 08, 2006 65 out of 100 65


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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.


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RKL (5614) added River Raid (Atari 5200) on Dec 04, 2003
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