The first time I ever heard of this game is when I saw it
on the top of Jerry G's most wanted video game list. I remember
wanting to find it because he was willing to give the person a
free Texas Chainsaw Massacre as a finder's fee (it isn't on his
list anymore, so he must have finally found it). The River
Patrol game looked sorta boring, but I did want to play Texas
Chainsaw Massacre. Until it became available on MAME, I only
figured it was an Atari 2600 game that probably sucked because
it was so expensive and that is generally the rule.
Well, I soon came across the game again. This time it was on a
new version of MAME. The name had rung a bell and the screen
shot jarred a memory. I would now finally play this game. How is
it you ask? Well, it is pretty decent. Nothing spectacular as
the graphics are alright and the gameplay is fun, but not
absorbing like many games.
The basic concept is to ride down the river and save people by
running over them. I personally think this would injure or kill
them, instead of saving them, but video games never followed
conventional rules (much like cartoons). Of course there are
obstacles in the way like rocks, whirlpools, alligators and
other boats. As one would expect, you must avoid these.
Each level is a stretch of river and as you progress, there are
more rocks to avoid and more gators and boats. I made it through
three levels and from what I can tell, there isn't too much
different from one level to the next. This kept me from playing
too much as there was no "can't wait to see what is next" angle
to keep me coming back.
While this game may be valuable for the Atari 2600, it is only
mediocre for the arcade. It will provide you will some fun and
keep you busy for a few hours, but the thrill is short lived.
This game may be from the classic era, but is certainly is no
This is just a review of the arcade machine.
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