River Raid

Genre
Perspective
Theme
Critic Score User Score
ZX Spectrum
...
3.5
Intellivision
...
3.3
MSX
...
3.4
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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 MSX Avoid planes, helicopters, boats, and more
River Raid Atari 5200 Watch out for fire from that tank on the shore!
River Raid ZX Spectrum Select a game option
River Raid Atari 5200 Flying up the river...

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Simple, yet a masterpiece. Atari 8-bit jose vargas (4)
An incredible game - one of the best ever Atari 2600 MagFram (43)
One of the best games on the Atari 2600 Atari 2600 James Eldridge (64)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Aug 30, 2005 A 100
Defunct Games Atari 2600 Jan 07, 2014 A+ 100
Retroage Atari 2600 Aug 07, 2010 9.7 out of 10 97
Le Geek Atari 2600 May, 2008 4.5 out of 5 90
Allt om hemdatorer Atari 2600 Dec, 1983 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
All Game Guide Atari 2600 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
VideoGame Atari 2600 Mar, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 2600 Dec 10, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Atari HQ Atari 2600 2002 8 out of 10 80
Your Spectrum ZX Spectrum Nov, 1984 8 out of 15 53

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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).
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