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Simple, yet a masterpiece. Atari 8-bit jose vargas (23)
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 (70)

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Platform Votes Score
Atari 2600 30 3.8
Atari 5200 7 3.3
Atari 8-bit 8 3.8
ColecoVision 7 3.5
Commodore 64 10 3.5
Intellivision 6 3.3
MSX 7 3.4
PC Booter 10 3.8
ZX Spectrum 11 3.4
Combined User Score 96 3.6

Critic Reviews

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River Raid on the VCS was a very challenging game, and it is even more so in this computer version. Unlike the 'copters in its VCS predecessor, some of the copters in this game shoot back at you. The tanks will also begin shooting at you at higher levels. These features combined with the superior play action make River Raid one of the most entertaining home computer games of the year.
ColecoVisionDefunct Games (May 22, 2015)
The ColecoVision had made me fall in love with River Raid all over again. This one took everything that was wonderful about the 2600 legend, juiced it up, and made it more challenging. If controller-swapping wasn't so de rigueur, then this version would be just as perfect as its Atari big brother. All the same, on a console loaded with outstanding shooters, there's still a place near the top for River Raid.
Atari 2600Defunct Games (Jan 07, 2014)
River Raid still stands as a testament to scrolling shoot-em-up game design. Anyone can load it up and enjoy it. Luckily, you don't have to dig the Atari 2600 out of storage to play it since it's shown up on every single Activision collection ever released. You have no excuse; check out River Raid!
Atari 2600Tilt (Jul, 1983)
River raid en revanche exige de vous des qualités de sang-froid, de réflexes, d'habitudes hors du commun.
ColecoVisionThe Video Game Critic (Jun 12, 2004)
This edition of River Raid even throws in a few extra challenges to ratchet up the difficulty. Special helicopters can fire missiles at you, and tanks line up and fire at you from the riverbank! Your plane is a pleasure to control, and your precision-guided missiles make it possible to obliterate everything in your path. Just make sure to keep an eye on that fuel supply, since fuel barges become more and more scarce as you progress. River Raid has four levels of difficulty. If you're getting tired of the Atari 2600 version, give this one a try.
Atari 2600The Video Game Critic (Jul 29, 2011)
River Raid is expertly programmed with crisp controls, smooth animation, and tight collision detection. Its flicker-free graphics feature multi-colored objects, satisfying explosions, and even some scenery on the riverbanks. You control the speed of your jet by pushing the joystick up or down, and you can select between straight or guided missiles. The difficulty ramps gradually so despite having only one skill level both novices and experts can enjoy the game equally. Deceptively simple on the surface, River Raid will always give you a run for the money. A sequel would eventually follow, but how do you expect to improve on perfection? If you own a 2600, it really doesn't get much better than this.
Atari 2600Retroage (Aug 07, 2010)
Posiadacze Atari 2600 raczej nie byli rozpieszczani hitami i najważniejsze tytuły dla tej konsoli można wymienić na palcach dwóch rąk. Z całą pewnością wśród tych nielicznych gier w czołówce znajduje się również River Raid. Dopracowany pod względem oprawy audiowizualnej, pomysłowy jak na ówczesne standardy i przede wszystkim niesamowicie grywalny. Czego chcieć więcej? Bez wątpienia jest to pozycja obowiązkowa dla każdego Atarowca.
Atari 2600The Atari Times (Dec 04, 2003)
River Raid: more fun than a can of Raid any day, especially in the hands of a couple of TV-watching morons.
Atari 2600Game Freaks 365 (Jul 03, 2010)
There is no logical reason for anybody who owns an Atari 2600 to be without this game. If you own the system and do not have a copy of this game, shame on you. Go out and buy it immediately. Despite the lack of game modes, this game has replay value that is virtually unending, so buying it would be a decision you would never regret.
Atari 2600All Game Guide (1998)
Designed by Carol Shaw, the first female game programmer for home consoles, River Raid is an early vertically scrolling shooter in which players guide a jet fighter above a river while shooting helicopters, battleships, hot air balloons, land tanks, jets and bridges. The fighter in this overhead view game can accelerate and decelerate, and is equipped with unlimited ammo. However, it must refuel frequently by flying over fuel depots. There are no levels as such, but bridges act as save points. One of the better games for the Atari VCS, River Raid has tight controls, a constantly changing landscape, strategic flying action, adequate sound effects and crisp, detailed graphics.
Atari 2600Le Geek (May, 2008)
While modern shoot 'em ups make River Raid seem quaint, it's still thrilling to see how far you can go, as the enemies get deadlier and numerous, and the river becomes more and more treacherous. Highly recommended.
Atari 2600Allt om hemdatorer (Dec, 1983)
"River Raid" är alltså ett snabbt prickskyttespel, där övning sannerligen ger färdighet. Ju mer jag har spelat och lärt mig "kartan", ju skickligare blir jag naturligtvis. Och "River Raid" är just ett sådant spel som jag aldrig tröttnar på, trots att det ju faktiskt är ett krigsspel – om än skapat av en kvinna. Carol Shaw ska ha en stor eloge för det!
Atari 2600neXGam (Jun 27, 2013)
Aufladen kann man seinen Treibstoff, indem man Treibstoffdepots überfliegt. Das Dumme ist nur das bei den meisten dieser Depots auch die meisten Gegner herumschwirren, also ist Vorsicht gefragt. Erschwerend kommt noch das sich verändernde Terrain hinzu, da man nur über den Fluss selbst fliegen kann. Eine Kollision mit dem Festland hat somit einen Verlust eines Lebens zur Folge. Doch zum Glück kann man seinen Flug beschleunigen oder verlangsamen indem man den Joystick nach vorne bzw. nach hinten drückt.
Atari 5200The Video Game Critic (Oct 05, 2000)
River Raid was one of the finest games for the Atari 2600, and this version is quite similar. It's a fast-action canyon shooter where you destroy enemy planes, ships, and helicopters while maintaining your fuel supply. The objects look exactly like those in the Atari 2600 version, but this game has rough, craggy cliffs on each side and a few extra landmarks. A nice surprise is the addition of enemies including colorful balloons and tanks that shoot at you from the riverbanks. Although the tanks aren't normally within your range, you can sometimes catch them crossing a bridge you're about to destroy. It's a wonderful feeling to destroy both a tank AND a bridge at the same time. The control isn't as precise as the 2600, but this game is still a winner.
ColecoVisionTeleMatch (Feb, 1984)
Das Proqramm ist grafisch fast völlig mit dem für die Atari-Computer identisch. ColecoVision-Besitzer dürften ihren Spaß daran haben, denn schnelle und ständige Action und viel Abwechslung sind garantiert.
Atari 2600TeleMatch (May, 1983)
River Raid ist ein Spiel, das einen nicht so schnell losläßt. Man wartet fieberhaft darauf, weitere Abschnitte kennenzulernen, die stets schwierigere Manöver erfordern. Schade, daß kein Zufallsfaktor die Ablauffolge des leider extrem kriegerischen Geschehens variiert. Ein gutes Gedächtnis ist hier viele Punkte wert!
Atari 2600Atari HQ (2002)
With crisp and colorful graphics and great gameplay, Shaw has created a winner. It does get tougher as you progress, especially since fuel becomes less plentiful and the fact that you have to do some fancy acrobatics to avoid hitting the ground. This shooter soars high in my book.
Atari 2600Digital Press - Classic Video Games (Dec 10, 2003)
Hello, my name is Matt, and I'm not a classic gamer. No matter how hard I tried, I could never sit for an extended period of time only to rack up a high score. I have to have some sort of finale, a conclusion, anything except a never-ending game. There are a few games that transcend this problem though. River Raid is one of the games that I could sit for hours and play, growing ever-frustrated by the monotony, but unable to drop the controller.
Atari 2600VideoGame (Mar, 1991)
O exército inimigo tomou posições importantes em um rio. Com um poderoso caça supersônico, você fará um emocionante vôo rasante para destruir o arsenal adversário, composto por barcos e helicópteros. Muito cuidado: você não poderá colidir com eles, ou perderá uma vida. A cada inimigo abatido são computados pontos, que serão maiores quanto mais difícil for abatê-los.
Even though River Raid is similar to many video games in theme — delay your inevitable destruction for as long as possible — the everchanging scenery and the need for a constant shifting of strategy to address the situation at hand gives the game an appeal not found in the ordinary one-scenario video games.
ColecoVisionAll Game Guide (1998)
Overall, River Raid is a welcome addition to the ColecoVision library, especially for those without an Atari 2600 adapter. Every system needs its share of fast-action, sweat-inducing shooters.
Commodore 64Zzap! (Jun, 1987)
As the best pilot in the air force you've been voluteered for the most mega-important mission ever. Now, backed up by a fleet of four planes you're ready to penetrate deep behind well-defended enemy lines.
Atari 5200The Atari Times (Feb 08, 2006)
Although the graphics and sound are very plain and could have been way better for the 5200 (c'mon I know the system can do more then this), the game still controls and plays very well. River Raid is an excellent arcade-like shooter with brains.
ZX SpectrumYour Spectrum (Nov, 1984)
I must admit I was expecting something a little better from a company like Activision - but then again, the game's addictiveness is certainly a strong point in its favour. It's just a shame it's a little let down by the quality of the sound and graphics.
MSXTilt (Jul, 1985)
Un vieux routier du jeu d'action qui n'en garde pas moins encore un peu de verdeur.
ColecoVisionDigital Press - Classic Video Games (Jan 29, 2007)
This game is dirt common on any system other than maybe the PC Jr. With that said, pick any other version than this one. The controls, graphics, and changed gameplay mechanics are far below the standard set by other ports on the console.