River Raid (Atari 2600)

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Herschie
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Re: River Raid (Atari 2600)

Postby Herschie » November 24th, 2017, 9:41 am

Also, I find it challenging getting the timing down. You never know when those stupid boats are going to move! Sometimes it seems as if they don't move at all, then all the sudden they do move and avoid your shot, but then bounce back and hit you. This seems to happen right before the bridges. Throws your timing off.

I get the same feeling when I strike out on a changeup in MLB The Show when I was expecting a fastball on that 3-2 count.

Teddybear
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Re: River Raid (Atari 2600)

Postby Teddybear » November 24th, 2017, 10:09 am

Please try River Raid's first cousin.....Activision's H.E.R.O. Instead of going up a river, you'll be going down into caverns. This game should be on everyone's top-10 list of 2600 games.......

I am chiming in because I currently have my Colecovision hooked up and played a few games of H.E.R.O. until I just got frustrated with having to use the crummy stock controller (you need two buttons - the right button detonates the bomb). This game requires a good amount of precision that I find myself struggling with those uncomfortable controllers. I was about to give up until I happened to actually read the manual - it turns out that you can use a standard Atari joystick in port 2! Viola - instantly beautiful control (EXACTLY like the 2600 version) using my Gemstick! Tears of joy streamed down my face!

The lesson here - sometimes it pays to read the manual!

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Re: River Raid (Atari 2600)

Postby scotland » November 24th, 2017, 11:45 am

Teddybear wrote:Please try River Raid's first cousin.....Activision's H.E.R.O. Instead of going up a river, you'll be going down into caverns. This game should be on everyone's top-10 list of 2600 games.......

I am chiming in because I currently have my Colecovision hooked up and played a few games of H.E.R.O. until I just got frustrated with having to use the crummy stock controller (you need two buttons - the right button detonates the bomb). This game requires a good amount of precision that I find myself struggling with those uncomfortable controllers. I was about to give up until I happened to actually read the manual - it turns out that you can use a standard Atari joystick in port 2! Viola - instantly beautiful control (EXACTLY like the 2600 version) using my Gemstick! Tears of joy streamed down my face!

The lesson here - sometimes it pays to read the manual!


Cheers on mentioning H.E.R.O.

I did not encounter this game until its Commodore C64 port. There you quick press for firing, but press and hold to set the bomb, so a single button is more than sufficient. Certainly an early arcade action favorite of mine from back in the day.

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Re: River Raid (Atari 2600)

Postby Voor » November 24th, 2017, 6:58 pm

YouTube “James and Mike Monday Atari 2600”. It’s a 4 part series where they try out a ton of Atari games. Really funny too because of the imagination required with the 2600.

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Re: River Raid (Atari 2600)

Postby LuckyWDFN » November 24th, 2017, 7:05 pm

Herschie wrote:This also begs the question; what other Atari 2600 games are out there that I would be hooked on?


Berzerk is pretty addicting on the 2600 if you play a tougher variation like #9. The difficulty on that setting ramps up quickly and it's fun to keep trying for high scores. Maze Craze is great 2 player fun


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