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River Raid

Genre
Perspective
Theme
MobyRank MobyScore
MSX
...
3.4
Atari 2600
90
3.8
Commodore 64
...
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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 The game in black and white mode
River Raid Atari 5200 Title screen
River Raid ZX Spectrum Taking the safer looking side of the river...
River Raid PC Booter Beginning on an easy level

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
Tilt Atari 2600 Jul, 1983 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 100
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Aug 30, 2005 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
Le Geek Atari 2600 May, 2008 4.5 out of 5 90
The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Oct 05, 2000 B+ 83
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 2600 Dec 10, 2003 8 out of 10 80
All Game Guide ColecoVision 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Digital Press - Classic Video Games ColecoVision Jan 29, 2007 5 out of 10 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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