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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 ZX Spectrum Taking the safer looking side of the river...
River Raid Commodore 64 Title screen
River Raid ZX Spectrum ...the moment of my plane's destruction.
River Raid PC Booter Sometimes the river becomes narrow

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Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Simple, yet a masterpiece. Atari 8-bit jose vargas (20)
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

Defunct Games Atari 2600 Jan 07, 2014 A+ 100
Tilt Atari 2600 Jul, 1983 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 100
Retroage Atari 2600 Aug 07, 2010 9.7 out of 10 97
Allt om hemdatorer Atari 2600 Dec, 1983 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Oct 05, 2000 B+ 83
Atari HQ Atari 2600 2002 8 out of 10 80
TeleMatch ColecoVision Feb, 1984 2 out of 6 80
All Game Guide ColecoVision 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jun, 1987 70 out of 100 70
The Atari Times Atari 5200 Feb 08, 2006 65 out of 100 65

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Trivia

It was #87 in FLUX Magazine's (Issue #4) Top 100 Video Games of All-Time.

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