River Raid Neo


Developers Activision (original)
neotokeo2001 (hack)
Publishers Activision (original)
Freeware (hack)
System Atari 2600
Release Dates 1982 (original)
2006 (hack)
Modes Single player
Two players alternating
Media Cartridge (original)
ROM file (hack)


In River Raid, players controlled a series of jets flying over a scrolling "River of No Return", destroying multiple types of targets of various sizes and attack patterns.

River Raid is a hack of River Raid, changing the graphics and several of the gameplay elements.


Players control a jet that is constantly stationed at the bottom of the screen and can only move left and right as an unending landscape scrolls downwards. Players must avoid or destroy various enemies, along with avoid colliding with any of them, which will cost them a jet; lose all reserve jets and the game will end.

Once a player's jet approaches an enemy target, they will inevitably start to move, and enemy jets fly overhead without pause.

Players’ jets are also constantly draining fuel, although they can be replenished by docking with onscreen Fuel Tanks. Running out of fuel will also cost the player a jet.

Bridges are also encountered during a game, which, upon being destroyed, the player will start off at the last bridge they destroyed prior to losing a jet.

There is also a variation for two players.

Hack changesEdit

There were many changes to the landscape that was made. Colors to all the original enemy targets were changed as well, and Fuel Storage tanks and the balloons from several ports of the original River Raid were also added.

Controls, startupEdit

  • Select game–Game Select switch
  • Start game–Game Reset switch
  • Fire straight missiles–Difficulty switch (A position)
  • Steer missiles–Difficulty switch (B position)


  • Move jet–left/right on joystick
  • Speed up–up on joystick
  • Slow down–down on joystick
  • Fire–button
  • Resume game with reserve car–joystick or button


  • Fuel Tank–80 points
  • Ship–300 points
  • Jet–100 points
  • Bridge–500 points
  • Fuel Storage tank–800 points
  • Extra jet awarded–every 10,000 points


  • The original game came with two label variations, being the original release and one with a blue label. This version comes as a ROM file to be played on Atari emulators or flashcarts.
  • Fellow homebrewer Thomas Jentzsch added the balloons[1].


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  1. Atari Age post by the author.
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