When Atari's Greatest Hits landed back in April, bringing 100 Atari arcade and VCS/2600 classics to iOS, retro gamers across the land bowed to Atari and the awesome they had brought. But still, there are plenty of great cartridge titles that aren't part of Atari's collections. Most notably, games by other studios. Studios like Activision, with games like River Raid. In fact, several readers specifically lamented the absence of that Activision vertical shooter, one of the best ever created for the 2600.

Tango Games just dropped us a line to make us aware of their recent release, AirFox HD [App Store], a Universal title (for iPhone and iPad) that seeks to fill the iOS River Raid void with what's more or less an exact clone of the game.

We tried to make the exact clone of this fantastic game with its marvellous atmosphere in every possible aspect of the original game (sounds, graphics, gameplay, scoring, etc.) and added few touches here and there, like adding GameCenter for online scores.

AirFox, as the author intended, feels pretty much exactly like River Raid. The game utilizes tilt controls for navigation and speed control, with a tap to the screen to fire. It even sounds like the 2600 original.

It's worth noting that several direct River Raid remakes have come to the App Store, like River Striker and Next Bridge...but they have also gone. We'll have to wait and see about AirFox HD's staying power. (River Raid fans might want to grab this one soon...)

UPDATE: The developers behind AirFox HD are the same folks who brought the iOS port of Activision's Atari 2600 title Enduro [App Store], through Nemo Games.

  • Shrugemoff

    Yeah you might want to "grab this one soon" because they don't own the rights to the game and once Apple figures out their mistake of allowing this onto the Appstore it will be pulled.

  • Anonymous

    HD huh.

  • Black Hive Media

    2600 classic!   ...sort of.  😛

  • NFX

    Remakes, emulators all suck man, you go back to play the games you enjoyed and then you see how shitty they really were and it will remove all you beautiful memorys...

    • Anonymous

      Sounds like you just played a bunch of shitty games, I've revisited a ton of games that still bring me just as much pleasure as they ever did.

    • http://toucharcade.com blakespot

      I don't find that to be the case at all. I can point to a box of 5.25" floppies on my desk that hold '80s-era Apple II games that are all a lot more of a good time than, say, Crysis. 

      Retro remakes can be great, but so too are many retro-inspired modern titles. Take a look at what Minter has been doing in iOS. 

      At some point you should stop and take a close look at "what is a fun game?"

      • RetroGuy

        I agree with this, but to developers, don't just remake a classic, add a twist or something that makes it new.  Toooooo many clones...

  • Dmarcoot

    Games being clones and ripped off is as old as gaming.  I'm pretty sure you cant trade mark game graphics. Unless they are using the words River Raid in some combination, or Activison, or actual code from the game itself i fail to see how they held accountable on a 30 yr old game. How many gameloft titles get pulled  because they ripped off a look?

    • http://www.jshamblin.com J.Shamblin

      I think what you mean is that you can't trademark or copyright an artistic style. 

      (Technically, a game graphic can be trademarked if it's used as a distinctive indicator of products or services. Game graphics can be protected by copyright because it's fixed in a tangible form of expression.)

  • Hater...

    Does anyone really want the River Raid experience on the iPhone?  Try something different...

  • Nardo from the fifth galaxy

    Hell yea. Lots of fun with this one. I'm surprised that there a lot of nay-sayers out there. But Retro is either your style or it isn't.

    It was an instant buy for me. Lots of good memmories. Well worth the Buck for the IOS. Hope to see more remakes. Or.better yet, release an official Activision 2600 pack. Just like Atari did with the greatest hits.....hint hint....