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River Raid

Genre
Perspective
Theme
Critic Score User Score
ZX Spectrum
...
3.4
MSX
...
3.4
Intellivision
...
3.3
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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 PC Booter Title screen
River Raid ColecoVision Title screen
River Raid ZX Spectrum Taking the safer looking side of the river...
River Raid Atari 2600 Title screen

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)

Critic Reviews

Tilt Atari 2600 Jul, 1983 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 100
Defunct Games Atari 2600 Jan 07, 2014 A+ 100
Le Geek Atari 2600 May, 2008 4.5 out of 5 90
All Game Guide Atari 2600 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 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
TeleMatch Atari 2600 May, 1983 2 out of 6 80
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jun, 1987 70 out of 100 70
The Atari Times Atari 5200 Feb 08, 2006 65 out of 100 65
Digital Press - Classic Video Games ColecoVision Jan 29, 2007 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

River Raider Patch

Players who were able to rack up 15,000 points or higher were eligible to receive the "River Raider" patch from Activision if they sent in a screenshot to the company.

Awards

  • Zzap!
    • May 1985 (Issue 1) - #50 'It's the Zzap! 64 Top 64!'

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