It was #87 in FLUX Magazine's (Issue #4) Top 100 Video Games of All-Time.
River Raid was named #3 in the “Top 25 Atari 2600” Games poll in Retro Gamer Magazine (Issue 46).
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).
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.