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.
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