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Beamrider is a 3D arcade action game. You control a beam riding spaceship on a mission to clear 99 sectors of space from hostile aliens. The spaceship is located at the bottom of the screen and it can only stop on one of five beams. You are armed with both lasers and torpedoes; torpedoes are more powerful and can destroy more enemies compared to lasers, however you only get three per level. To complete a sector, you need to destroy fifteen white flying saucers. After all saucers are destroyed, the sector sentinel passes by which can be destroyed for extra points. Each even number sector up until sector 16 will add a new type of enemy to deal with. These additional enemies will just try to slow your mission, though, only the saucers need to be destroyed to advance. Occasionally a rejeuvinator will appear; if this is collected, you can earn an extra life. But be careful, because if you accidentally shoot the rejeuvinator it will turn into an enemy!


Beamrider Atari 5200 Get ready for sector 1
Beamrider Commodore 64 The end of level sentinel
Beamrider MSX Ready for Sector 1?
Beamrider Atari 5200 A game in progress

Alternate Titles

  • "Dave Rolfe's Beamrider" -- alternate box title

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Critic Reviews

Tilt MSX Jul, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
neXGam ColecoVision Jul 27, 2012 7.1 out of 10 71
All Game Guide ColecoVision 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Jun 30, 2004 B- 67
TeleMatch Commodore 64 Nov, 1984 2 out of 3 67
TeleMatch ColecoVision May, 1984 3 out of 6 60
TeleMatch Atari 2600 Aug, 1984 3 out of 6 60
The Video Game Critic ColecoVision Mar 06, 2002 C 50
The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Oct 07, 2006 C 50
Your Spectrum ZX Spectrum Mar, 1985 5 out of 15 33


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High score reward

Anyone who took a photo showing there score over 60,000 on level 20 or above and sent it to Activision were rewarded with an Activision Beamriders emblem.


David Rolfe's signature in the instruction is not his real signature. It was signed by somebody else because Rolfe was wary of thousands of people knowing his signature.


  • Video Review
    • April 1984 - Best Cartridge Game of the Year

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