The shooting genre was a staple of video games in the 1970s and early 1980s, and one of the classics to come out of that time was River Raid.
Released for the Atari 2600 in 1982, River Raid was designed by Carol Shaw for Activision. Shaw is credited as the first female video game designer.
In River Raid, the player controls a fighter jet as it flies over a river. The player must stay above the river and fight off enemy boats, ships and aircraft. To stay in the air, a player can fly over tanks marked “FUEL.”
The game was, and still is, considered a classic of the genre. This is due to its simple, but addictive gameplay and intuitive controls.
At the time, if a player got a score of 15,000 or more and sent a picture into the company, they could receive a physical “River Raiders” patch as a reward for their skills.