River Raid Plan of Operation
Activision 5200 Series FZ-002-03
YOUR MISSION IS...to score as many points as possible by destroying
enemy battleships, helicopters, fuel depots, jets, land tanks, hot
air balloons, and bridges before your jet crashes or runs out of
1. Insert cartridge into your Atari 5200 console with the power
OFF. Then, turn power on.
2. Plug in controller(s). Solo player uses left controller.
3. Slip keypad overlay onto controller(s)
4. Select game variation by pressing appropriate number on controller
keypad. There are 8 variations (see chart).
5. To begin or start a new game at any time, press the START key.
6. To select a new game variation, press the RESET key. Then select
7. To start the action, press the lower RED BUTTON on either side of
8. Pause the action whenever you like by pressing the PAUSE key on
your controller. To resume the game, press the same key again or
press the red button on either side of your controller.
9. Turn power OFF before removing RIVER RAID cartridge.
The River of No Return. The river is divided into sections, with a
bridge at the end of each section. You will encounter islands,
narrow channels, bays and lots of enemy air, land and water craft
moving in to block your path. Also, the farther down the river you
fly, the more harrowing things get.
The current bridge number is displayed on-screen and is an indication
of your progress up the river. It is updated whenever a bridge is
destroyed. Advanced pilots may start the game at later bridges,
bypassing the easier sections of the river. Here are your options:
Game Variation Chart:
Game Number Starting Bridge # of Players
1 1 ONE
2 1 TWO
3 5 ONE
4 5 TWO
5 20 ONE
6 20 TWO
7 50 ONE
8 50 TWO
Your jet fighter will bank to the left or right when you move
the control stick left or right. To accelerate, push it forward. To
slow down, pull it back. There are a wide range of left/right and
forward speeds. Remember: Center your control stick before you
start moving to prevent a crash. Press the lower red button on
either side of the controller to fire missiles (hold for continuous
Your Squadron: You'll begin with four jets (one active, three on
reserve). With each 10,000-point increase, you're given an
additional jet. You lose a jet when it runs out of fuel, or touches
anything except a fuel depot or the brown river bank. River Raid
ends when all of your jets are lost.
Fuel Gauge: Always keep an eye and an ear on your fuel gauge. Fuel
is used up at a constant rate, regardless of speed. When your fuel
drops below 1/4 full, a warning siren sounds off to alert you. To
refuel, fly over a fuel depot. The slower you fly over it, the more
fuel you will receive. A bell will sound when you are refueling. This
sound changes to a higher pitch when your fuel tank is full. If you
don't need fuel, you can blow up the fuel depot. But keep in mind
that the farther down the river you fly, the fewer fuel depots you'll
Land Tanks appear on the road at the first bridge. Beginning with
bridge 7, they'll dodge up to the shoreline and commence shooting.
You can fly right through their line of fire, but avoid the
explosions they cause on the river.
Fuel Depot 80
Enemy Jet 100
Helicopter Gunner 150
Bridge with Tank 750
Join the Activision "River Raiders"
If you reach a score of 40,000 points or more, you are eligible for
the official rank of River Raider. Just send us a picture of your
TV screen showing your score along with your name and address, and
we'll send you an official River Raider emblem. Be sure to write
"River Raid, 5200" and your score on the front corner of the
"How to raid the river..."
Tips from Carol Shaw. Carol is a first class game designer and a
computer science scholar. She's also a serious bicyclist, and can
often be found cycling through the wilds of her native California
coast. Her most recent hit was Happy Trails for Intellivision.
"The River of No Return holds many special challenges and dangers
for would-be River Raiders. You'll not only have to know your
assault jet, but you'll need to have a good idea of your basic flight
plan before you start.
By knowing the river, pinpointing the areas with the highest
concentration of enemy, AND the most fuel depots, you'll have a much
better chance of surviving. Since the river is in sections, try
jotting down notes for each important section as flight aids.
Fuel is also a critical factor. When you're far up the river, fuel
is scarce. Hence, flying to the next fuel depot should be your
When you become really skilled, you'll find that you can actually
blow up the fuel depot right in the middle of refueling. That way,
you can gain the points and some fuel at the same time.
Remember that a bridge with a tank on it is worth the most
points. Practice timing your bridge approaches so you can fire
while a tank is crossing.
If you make it back to Allied territory and need some R and R, kick
back and drop me a note. I'm always up for a high-flying tale."
Carol B. Shaw (signed)
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Typed by Dan Reinholtz
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