This is a new feature that I wanted to start awhile back and have finally found a spot to get it rolling. We all remember, with fondness, those old games we played back on the Atari, or Comodore, or 8 bit systems. They are what got us into this hobby in the first place. What I wanted to do is have a feature, sort of a nostalgic look back at the history of gaming. We won’t be playing the games, because frankly, they won’t hold up. There’s no way I can go back and play the original Final Fantasy, when I have Guild Wars 2 to play. Besides, playing them now would totally ruin our memories of these games. So these features aren’t reviews, so much as shared memories of our ‘gaming childhood’. I hope you enjoy.
I don’t know about you but to me this was one of the best games of its time. Released by Activision, before they said things like getting $500 out of a $50 game is sound business ideals, way back in 1982 on the Atari 2600. I, myself, had it on the Atari 5200 and I absolutely loved it. It was challenging, had great graphics for the time, and a fun concept.
It’s hard to know what’s happened to Activision now, but back in the day they were leading edge when it came to games. River Raid had a great replay factor, being just hard enough to challenge you but not so hard that when you lost, you just knew you could get through that part next time.
Part of its appeal was a cutting-edge (for the time) design that didn’t bog down the limited available memory by storing all the enemies and moving bits. They managed to created a seamless scroll to the landscape that no other game was doing at the time from what I understand. This is probably one of the things that set it apart from the average side-scroller, or framed game of the time.
You can currently get the game through Microsoft’s Game Room for Xbox 360 and Windows PC. I’m sure there’s several Atari emulators available as well.