River Raid Night Assault

River Raid Night Assault shot (final version)

Developers Activision (original)
Avatar (hack)
Publishers Activision (original)
Freeware (hack)
System Atari 2600
Release Dates 1982 (original)
2011 (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 Black is a hack of River Raid, giving the river a dark look and changing most of the other colors of the game elements. River Raid Night Assault is a hack of River Raid Black[1].


Players control a jet (or a stealth jet; see Trivia) that is constantly stationed at the bottom of the screen and can only move left and right as an unending river scrolls downwards. Players must avoid or destroy various enemy craft and bridges and avoid colliding with any land mass, enemy vehicle or bridge or they will lose a jet; lose all jets and the game will end. Once a player's jet approaches various enemy craft, they will invariably start to move, although most are confined within borders of the river, except for enemy jets, which fly overhead without pause.

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

As the game goes on, the difficulty level is raised by having the river become more and more congested with enemy craft, less space to maneuver in river banks, and with less fuel depots appearing onscreen.

There is also a variation for two players.

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
  • Speed up–up on joystick
  • Slow down–down on joystick
  • Fire–button
  • Resume game with reserve jet–joystick or button


  • Battleship–30 points
  • Helicopter–60 points
  • Fuel Depot–80 points
  • Jet–100 points
  • Bridge–500 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 only to be played on Atari emulators or flashcarts.
  • The enemy jet is now black, changing a small gameplay element, as once it flies over a river, it becomes invisible, as it is the same color as the river.
  • Several versions of this hack were made, changing the original jet into a stealth jet by Atari Age forum members.


Download ROMs for the hack


  1. Atari Age forums post.