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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!


Beamrider Atari 8-bit White saucers fire back...
Beamrider MSX Game Over
Beamrider ColecoVision A game in progress
Beamrider Atari 2600 Uh oh, you've been destroyed!

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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

Retro Game Reviews Atari 2600 Mar 17, 2018 10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars 100
Tilt Intellivision Jan, 1984 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 100
neXGam Atari 2600 Jun 07, 2016 8.7 out of 10 87
Your Commodore Commodore 64 Nov, 1984 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Atari HQ Atari 2600 2001 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Intellivision Feb, 1984 3 out of 4 75
neXGam ColecoVision Jul 27, 2012 7.1 out of 10 71
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Jun 30, 2004 B- 67
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jul, 1987 51 out of 100 51
The Video Game Critic ColecoVision Mar 06, 2002 C 50


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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.


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.


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

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