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River Raid

Genre
Perspective
Theme
MobyRank MobyScore
Intellivision
...
3.4
Atari 2600
90
3.8
ColecoVision
...
3.5
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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 An end of level bridge
River Raid Atari 5200 Watch out for fire from that tank on the shore!
River Raid PC Booter Uh oh, narrow passage ahead!
River Raid PC Booter Title screen

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
Allt om hemdatorer Atari 2600 Dec, 1983 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 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
VideoGame Atari 2600 Mar, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
All Game Guide ColecoVision 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
The Atari Times Atari 5200 Feb 08, 2006 65 out of 100 65
Tilt MSX Jul, 1985 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 50

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Trivia

River Raid was named #3 in the “Top 25 Atari 2600” Games poll in Retro Gamer Magazine (Issue 46).
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