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River Patrol (リバーパトロール) River Patrol - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

River Patrol - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Navigate your tugboat upstream while avoiding various obstacles. Rescue the drowning victims.

River Patrol was produced by Orca in 1981.

Orca released 15 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1981. Orca was based in United States.

Other machines made by Orca during the time period River Patrol was produced include: Congorilla, Percussor, The, Slalom, Moguchan, and Changes


Name River Patrol
Developer Orca (United States)
Year 1981
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9329
Sub-Type Video
Class Wide Release
Genre Adventure
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Accelerate
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
PCB River Patrol PCB Image

Game Play

The game consists of a bird's eye view of a tugboat steaming down a tropical jungle river. There are rocks to be avoided, as well as crocodiles and other deadly river denizens. You have to accelerate if you wish to move upstream. If you cut engines (stop press accelerate button) you will drift downstream. The river itself becomes more difficult to navigate as the game progresses. Tighter squeezes and sharper turns make quick wits absolutely essential. The biggest problem is pin-point navigation. It isn't easy to snake through a couple of rocks about six feet apart or make quick turns away from dangerous beasts without running ashore or into a crash-inducing obstacle.

The object is to rescue the drowning people who periodically appear in the river, flailing their arms madly in the air. Passing the ship over the floaters accumulates points, and, as the journey continues, the tugboat gathers more and more of the rescued.

River Patrol KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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"Silver Land" by Falcon is a hack of this game with a skiing theme.



Distributed in cabinets manufactured by Kersten Industries in the United States.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op River Patrol Census

There are 14,952 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,547 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,357 machines (6,938 unique titles).

Uncommon - There are 11 known instances of this machine owned by River Patrol collectors who are active members. Of these, 3 of them are original dedicated machines. 8 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list.

This game ranks a 3 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]

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