RIVER RAID II
For the Atari 2600 and the Atari 7800 in 2600 mode
River Raid II was designed by Dan Kitchen and programmed by Imagineering,
Inc. This game is based on River Raid, which was designed by Carol Shaw.
Produced by Sherry Whiteley.
Product management by John Crompton.
Product testing by Kelly Zmak, Stew Perkins, and Steve Imes.
River Raid II guide by Liz Armstrong. Editorial management by Laura Singer.
Production by Scriptomation.
Operation River Raid
Alone in your F-14 assault jet, you're about to understake the most
explosive mission of your celebrated flying career.
After taking off from a sea-based carrier, you'll tear through the skies
above the ocean and streak toward a river delta, where you must destroy
an enemy bridge. Once past the delta, you must navigate back to the carrier
and safely land. Without stopping for handshakes all around, you'll then
set off on a new, more dangerous mission.
This is no contest for amateurs. Once airborne, you'll have to refuel in
midair while outmaneuvering enemy fire. If you manage to outfuel these
fearless devils by blasting them with missiles or torpedoes, you'll also
If you don't make it, two backup planes will come to your rescue. Your
missions will continue until your squadron's name is history.
Refueling in Midair
To refuel, fly over the gold refueling planes that are flying in your
direction. These planes appear only over the ocean, so watch your fuel
guage. At the river, you can refuel by flying at low altitude and picking
up the gold buoys floating in the water. A warning sound will tell you
when your fuel level is dangerously low. If you run out of fuel, you'll
Conquering the Enemy
Avoid collisions with enemy helicopters, fighter jets, and flak bursts,
or you'll be today's headline.
To fire missiles at helicopters and jets, press the joystick button. To
drop torpedoes on enemy sea vessels, tanks, water towers, landing strips,
buildings, or bridges, press the joystick button while pulling back on the
You cannot destroy enemy flak bursts. Just stay our of their way!
When calm seas appear below, your aircraft carrier is close by. The RADAR
screen will display your altitude and proximity to the ship.
1. Pull the joystick back to maintain your altitude.
2. Hold down the joystick button. The Thrust bar replaces the altimeter.
Increase your thrust until you reach the aircraft carrier.
3. As soon as you're over the carrier, release the joystick button and
quickly push the joystick forward to land.
Your F-14 Assault Jet Squadron
The backup jets in your squadron will take over if you crash, run out of
fuel, or are hit by the enemy. Whenever a new plane steps in, it will
continue the mission at the position where the last plane was destroyed.
Backup planes always begin with a full fuel tank and at the highest
The End of the Mission
The game ends if you lose all three planes or you successfully destroy
the enemy target and land on the aircraft carrier. At this point you can
start a new game or continue the game with a new, more difficult mission.
Each new game or mission begins back on the carrier.
River Raid II Flying Tips
Try to enter the river channel with a full tank of fuel. Fuel is tough to
come by at the river scene.
Maintain a low altitude when flying over the river. It's easier to swoop
down and pick up fuel buoys.
Keep a close eye on your RADAR to locate your mission target.
Enemy Object Point Value
Fighter Jet 100
Water Tower 300
Landing Strip 500