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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 ZX Spectrum Select a game option
River Raid ZX Spectrum Loading screen
River Raid Atari 8-bit On collision course with a ship
River Raid Commodore 64 There are plenty of enemies in this river!

Alternate Titles

  • "Carol Shaw's River Raid" -- Alternate title

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User Reviews

Simple, yet a masterpiece. Atari 8-bit jose vargas (20)
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

The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Aug 30, 2005 A 100
Game Freaks 365 Atari 2600 Jul 03, 2010 9.2 out of 10 92
All Game Guide Atari 2600 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
TeleMatch Atari 2600 May, 1983 2 out of 6 80
VideoGame Atari 2600 Mar, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
TeleMatch ColecoVision Feb, 1984 2 out of 6 80
Atari HQ Atari 2600 2002 8 out of 10 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 2600 Dec 10, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jun, 1987 70 out of 100 70
Your Spectrum ZX Spectrum Nov, 1984 8 out of 15 53

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Trivia

River Raid was named #3 in the “Top 25 Atari 2600” Games poll in Retro Gamer Magazine (Issue 46).

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