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River Raid

Average Rating: 7.25/10
Video Game Rank: 804
Atari 2600 Rank: 5
Atari 5200 Rank: 4
ColecoVision Rank: 4
Commodore 64 Rank: 30
Intellivision Rank: 4
DOS Rank: 144
Atari 8-bit family Rank: 9
ZX Spectrum Rank: 19
MSX Rank: 18
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Primary Name
River Raid
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Genre
Theme
Mode
Minimum Players
1
Maximum Players
2
Release Date
1982-12-00
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Atari 5200 edition
Rel Date: 1983-00-00
Publisher: Activision
Atari 5200
Developer: Activision
Media: Cartridge
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River Raid
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North American Atari 2600 (Marooon Label) edition
Rel Date: 1982-12-00
Publisher: Activision
Atari 2600
Developer: Activision
Media: Cartridge
Region: 
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River Raid
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English/European Atari 2600 (White Label) edition
Rel Date: 1982-00-00
Publisher: Activision
Atari 2600
Developer: Activision
Media: Cartridge
Region: 
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IBM PC Booter Cartridge edition
Rel Date: 1982-00-00
Publisher: Activision
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Media: Cartridge
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North American Atari 2600 (Blue Label) edition
Rel Date: 1982-00-00
Publisher: Activision
Atari 2600
Developer: Activision
Media: Cartridge
Region: 
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[User Summary]

River Raid is a top-down, vertically scrolling shooter, originally released for the Atari 2600. The player controls a small plane, flying over a river and between canyon walls. Points are earned by shooting down enemy ships, planes, and helicopters. The game also features a decreasing fuel gauge that must be frequently replenished by flying over fuel tanks.

The game is widely considered one of the best games released for the Atari 2600, and one of the most technically sophisticated. In addition to standard left-right movement, the game provided the ability to speed up and slow down, and the fuel gauge depleted at a corresponding rate. Most significantly, the game featured a large number of non-randomly generated levels, something which was very rare at the time due to memory constraints. The game achieved this by algorithmically (but not randomly) generating the terrain and location of enemies, rather than storing this information on the cartridge.

River Raid was designed and programmed by Carol Shaw, believed to be the first female video game designer.

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Statistics
Video Game Rank: 804
Atari 2600 Rank: 5
Atari 5200 Rank: 4
ColecoVision Rank: 4
Commodore 64 Rank: 30
Intellivision Rank: 4
DOS Rank: 144
Atari 8-bit family Rank: 9
ZX Spectrum Rank: 19
MSX Rank: 18
Num Ratings: 79
Average Rating: 7.25
Standard Deviation: 1.46
Num Views: 1099
GeekBuddy Analysis: Analyze
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Avg. Game Weight: 1.0
Fans: 1
Personal Comments: 19
Users Owning: 73
Users Wanting: 0
Users Trading: 2 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 0
Want Parts In Trade: 0
Price History: View
Total Plays: 672
Plays This Month: 0
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