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River Raid is a vertically scrolling shooter designed and programmed by Carol B. Shaw and published by Activision in 1982 for the Atari 2600 video game console. 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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Online emulated version of River Raid was originally developed for the Atari 2600 branded as the Atari Video Computer System (Atari VCS) until November 1982 - home video game console developed and produced by Atari, Inc. Released on September 11, 1977, it is credited with popularizing the use of microprocessor-based hardware and games stored on ROM cartridges. The VCS was bundled with two joystick controllers, a conjoined pair of paddle controllers, and a game cartridge: initially Combat, and later Pac-Man.