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River Raid: Mission of No Return


River Raid: Mission of No Return was an unreleased sequel to the original 1982 game and River Raid II (released in 1988), both for the Atari 2600. Thanks to Frank Cifaldi from The Video Game History Foundation for sending me some of these scans.

By: Evan G
Last updated: February 19, 2017

River Raid was a popular game on the Atari 2600, and with the resurgence of older video game properties in the mid 1990s, Activision decided to capitalize. They had sequels to games like Kaboom, River Raid and Pitfall in development for the SNES, but only Pitfall actually made it out. This game was shown at the 1993 Summer CES, and covered in the EGM 1994 Video Game Preview Guide. Ken Love, who worked at Activision in the early 2000s, made a post on the Atari Age forum confirming that a prototype of the game existed there:


Just a quick email to let you know that I happened to find the prototypes of Kaboom and River Raid 3 for the SNES.

Kaboom! is at best... "OK"

Anyway.. "There ya' have it!" They do in-fact exist.
I can tell you, that what I have of River Raid SNES, is mainly a source code dump from August of '93. You'd have to recompile it in order to view it. I had one of my programmers do so just we could figure out what exactly we have on the floppy.

From the above, it is not clear if they had a working version of the game out of that source code.

Preview shown in the EGM 1994 Video Game Preview Guide, page 4. Scan courtesy of Retromags.

Frank Cifaldi sent me some scans from an advertisement that was given out at this event. It includes a mock up of the final box artwork. From the screens, it looks like it would have been a solid overhead shooting game.

Box art
Close up of some artwork for the game
Shooting at a bridge on a river, just like the original artwork!
Fighting at night


  • EGM 1994 Video Game Preview Guide, CES overview, Publication date: 1994, Volume: -, Pages: 4
  • Article on Unseen64 (link)
  • Thread describing the existence of the prototype on Atari Age (link)

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