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River Raid

Genre
Perspective
Theme
MobyRank MobyScore
Commodore 64
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3.7
MSX
...
3.4
Atari 2600
90
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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 Atari 2600 Title screen
River Raid ZX Spectrum Loading screen
River Raid ZX Spectrum Fighting your way up the river...
River Raid Atari 8-bit Navigating the narrow canyon in level 50

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

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)

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic ColecoVision Jun 12, 2004 A 100
Retroage Atari 2600 Aug 07, 2010 9.7 out of 10 97
Game Freaks 365 Atari 2600 Jul 03, 2010 9.2 out of 10 92
All Game Guide Atari 2600 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Le Geek Atari 2600 May, 2008 4.5 out of 5 90
The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Oct 05, 2000 B+ 83
TeleMatch Atari 2600 May, 1983 2 out of 6 80
TeleMatch ColecoVision Feb, 1984 2 out of 6 80
Your Spectrum ZX Spectrum Nov, 1984 8 out of 15 53
Digital Press - Classic Video Games ColecoVision Jan 29, 2007 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

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.
Contributed to by PCGamer77 (3028), RKL (5614), Terok Nor (17833) and Servo (55897)