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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 Commodore 64 The end of level sentinel
Beamrider ZX Spectrum Loading screen
Beamrider ColecoVision A game in progress
Beamrider Atari 5200 New enemies arrive all the time...

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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
Your Commodore Commodore 64 Nov, 1984 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
neXGam ColecoVision Jul 27, 2012 7.1 out of 10 71
TeleMatch Commodore 64 Nov, 1984 2 out of 3 67
TeleMatch ColecoVision May, 1984 3 out of 6 60
The Video Game Critic Intellivision Sep 11, 2019 C 50
The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Oct 07, 2006 C 50
The Video Game Critic ColecoVision Mar 06, 2002 C 50
Your Spectrum ZX Spectrum Mar, 1985 5 out of 15 33


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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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