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River Raid Standard label
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System: Atari 2600
Company: Activision
Model #: AX-020
Year of Release: n/a
Media Type: Cartridge
Number of Players: 1 - 2
Controller: Atari Joystick
 
Other Labels:
    Blue
 
Staff:
   Carol Shaw (Programmer)
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River Raid - Manual

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River Raid is the grandfather of all vertical shooter games and is a great classic for the Atari 2600. You control a fighter plane going down the River of No Return and it is your goal to destroy enemy tankers, helicopters and jet, racking up as many points as possible. Avoid touching the sides of the river as that will crash your plane and watch your fuel as well, as an empty tank means will put a quick end to your flight. Fortunately there are many fuel tanks along the river, but they will become scarcer the farther along you fly. There are two types of river terrain you will encounter, light green and dark green. When the river is going through light green terrain it will go straight through without any land obstacles in the middle. Dark green terrain forces you to choose a side as the river will split in two and you cannot fly over the land. Periodically you will encounter bridges that must be destroyed in order for you to continue on your mission.

One very impressive aspect of River Raid is that the dark green terrain is quite varied, which breaks any monotony the game could hold. The graphics are well designed and the playfield scrolls fluidly during the gameplay. The sounds consist of your planes engines, the shots you fire and explosions. And finally, the control is dead on. You can speed up or slow down your plane by pushing up or down on the joystick. By reaching a score of 15,000 or more you could join the River Raiders and receive a River Raiders patch. The maximum score that can be reached in the game is 1 million points. (Contributed by Shaggy the Atarian)


External ReviewsSubmit Review
Le geek (by Ben Langberg)100%
Atari Gaming Headquarters (by Adam King)80%
Video Game Critic (by David Mrozek)95%
Gamer Nation UK (by Michael Claffey)95%
ClassicGaming.com (by Fragmaster)--
Tomorrow's Heroes (by Tom Zjaba)85%
GamingWorldX (by Aaron Hilden)--
The Atari Times (by Darryl Brundage)95%
Rage Games (by Jay McGavren)90%
Planet Atari (German) (by Michael Tausendpfund)85%
Chad Polenz's Epinions.com Profile (by Chad Polenz)80%
Average Score: 89%


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Tips, Cheats, and Easter EggsSubmit Tips, Cheats, and Easter Eggs
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Hacks Based on River Raid
Alien Menace (by neotokeo2001)
Death Race (by neotokeo2001)
Planet Raid (by Retrofan)
River Raid Plus (by Thomas Jentzsch)


Related LinksSubmit Links
AtariProtos.com: River Raid
River Raid Patch
River Raid remake for the PC


Appears In Catalogs
Activision - Winter 1982 (AG-940-10) - Page 5
Activision - Winter/Spring 1983 (AG-940-11) - Page 3
Activision (AZ-940-00) - Page 2
Activision (AG-946-103) - Page 5


Related Titles
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River Raid II (Activision)


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