Arguably one of the best games ever, River Raid is hitting the cell phone in a big way. The five-star review is here.
Oh, how I love a portable shooting game. The ability of taking all sorts of unlimited firepower and heading up a pre-set field, destroying all in your path and living to tell the tale for another day...maybe. Now another good ol' shooter has made the rounds, but it's a doozy- the Atari 2600 classic River Raid. And it has made the translation with almost everything perfectly intact to provide shooting thrills all over again. It's a not-miss title.
In the game, you take control of an aircraft that heads up stream after stream filled with dangers, including a few boats and choppers that manage to get in your way more and more, along with the occasional plane that streams across the screen.
There's also another problem - you constantly run short on fuel. (Hey, a plane doesn't operate cheap, you know.) So you have to run over fuel tanks on the ground in order to keep your flight from becoming a short, tragic one. It gets tricky, especially as the difficulty ramps up later in the game.
The game's challenge level is irresistible, as it will addict shooting fans and old-school fans at the same time. The controls take a little getting used to (after all, shifting from the Atari 2600 to a cell phone takes work), but they're generally excellent and easy to learn.
The graphics look the part perfectly, and fit the cell phone screen to a tee. As for the sound, there's not much there, but not much was there to begin with so it fits the port fine.
River Raid is the ideal example of a cell phone game - short, sweet, and splendid to play each time. Its flavor hasn't waned away after all these years and it remains a delight to play, and is a reminder that Jamdat is handling the Activision classics like a true professional. Can't wait to see what they cook up next.
What's Hot: One of the most perfect shooters ever made.
What's Not: Most cell phone games aren't this great.