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Description

Beamrider is a 3D arcade action game. You control a beam riding spaceship on a mission to clear 99 sectors of space from hostile aliens. The spaceship is located at the bottom of the screen and it can only stop on one of five beams. You are armed with both lasers and torpedoes; torpedoes are more powerful and can destroy more enemies compared to lasers, however you only get three per level. To complete a sector, you need to destroy fifteen white flying saucers. After all saucers are destroyed, the sector sentinel passes by which can be destroyed for extra points. Each even number sector up until sector 16 will add a new type of enemy to deal with. These additional enemies will just try to slow your mission, though, only the saucers need to be destroyed to advance. Occasionally a rejeuvinator will appear; if this is collected, you can earn an extra life. But be careful, because if you accidentally shoot the rejeuvinator it will turn into an enemy!

Screenshots

Beamrider Atari 8-bit Ready for Sector 1?
Beamrider Intellivision A game in progress
Beamrider Intellivision The end of level sentinel
Beamrider Atari 8-bit Title screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "Dave Rolfe's Beamrider" -- alternate box title
  • "ビームライダー" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

Tilt Intellivision Jan, 1984 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 100
The Atari Times Atari 2600 Feb 10, 2005 85 out of 100 85
Tilt MSX Jul, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Your Commodore Commodore 64 Nov, 1984 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 Oct 02, 2016 B 75
Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Intellivision Feb, 1984 3 out of 4 75
TeleMatch Atari 2600 Aug, 1984 3 out of 6 60
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jul, 1987 51 out of 100 51
The Video Game Critic ColecoVision Mar 06, 2002 C 50
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Sep, 1984 Unscored Unscored

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Trivia

High score reward

Anyone who took a photo showing there score over 60,000 on level 20 or above and sent it to Activision were rewarded with an Activision Beamriders emblem. Here is a picture of that patch at AtariAge.

Signature

David Rolfe's signature in the instruction is not his real signature. It was signed by somebody else because Rolfe was wary of thousands of people knowing his signature.

Awards

  • Video Review
    • April 1984 - Best Cartridge Game of the Year

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