River Raid history
Before 1982 rolled around, almost every shooting game was confined in one
screen. River Raid changed all that. Created by Carol Shaw, the first female
home game designer, its was also the first vertically scrolling game ever.
With crisp and colorful graphics and great gameplay, Shaw has created a winner.
It does get tougher as you progress, especially since fuel becomes less
plentiful and the fact that you have to do some fancy acrobatics to avoid
hitting the ground.
You play as a jet that has to fly up the "River of No Return," shooting at just
about everything in your way. The objects, which include jets, helicopters and
boats, try to stop you by crashing into you. You have to stay in the river, or
you'll collide with the sides. As your plane flies up, you consume fuel. You
can go faster or slower, but the fuel consumption stays the same. To refuel,
you need to fly over red and white striped barrels that say FUEL (you may want
to slow down over these, to get the maximum fuel). Each level, or part of the
river, is divided by bridges. Shoot the bridges and you can continue. You also
start from the last bridge you blew up when you die, even if you haven't
crossed it yet.