River Raid

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River Raid is a vertically scrolling shooter designed and programmed by Carol Shaw and originally published by Activision in 1982. This is the version for the 8bit range of Atari Computers.

Viewed from a top-down perspective, the player flies a fighter jet over the River of No Return in a raid behind enemy lines. The player’s jet can only move left and right—it cannot maneuver up and down the screen—but it can accelerate and decelerate. The player’s jet crashes if it collides with the riverbank or an enemy craft, or if the jet runs out of fuel. Assuming fuel can be replenished, and if the player evades damage, gameplay is essentially unlimited.

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