Renegade

Critic Score User Score
ZX Spectrum
85
4.1
Amstrad CPC
78
3.5
SEGA Master System
...
1.5
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Description

This is the scrolling beat 'em up by Technos which started the Kunio / Nekketsu High series. The original takes takes place in a Japanese city, whereas its western version named Renegade is set on the mean streets of Brooklyn. This conversion later produced unofficial sequels Target: Renegade and Renegade III: The Final Chapter. You must venture through to meet your girlfriend, and then rescue her from her kidnappers. This is split into five levels, taking you through the subway and the docks as well as some inhospitable streets. A wide range of aggressive moves are on offer, including headbutts, kicks, punches and flying kicks. Much of the game's violence is depicted in a fairly tongue-in-cheek style, with an element of attempted humour along the way.

Screenshots

Renegade NES Fighting in a bar
Renegade Atari ST Start screen
Renegade ZX Spectrum Pitiless struggle with razor wielders
Renegade NES Mission 2

Alternate Titles

  • "熱血硬派くにおくん" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun" -- Japanese title
  • "Ghetto" -- Italian title
  • "Arcade Archives: Renegade" -- PS4 title

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User Reviews

A fine masterpiece of an arcade conversion. ZX Spectrum SpecMaster (2536)

Critic Reviews

Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 92 out of 100 92
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Oct, 1987 9 out of 10 90
Crash! ZX Spectrum Sep, 1987 89 out of 100 89
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Oct, 1987 87 out of 100 87
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Dec, 1987 83 out of 100 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Feb, 1990 80 out of 100 80
All Game Guide NES 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
IGN Wii May 05, 2008 6 out of 10 60
The Video Game Critic NES Jan 19, 2003 C- 42
Retroage NES Oct 10, 2014 3.7 out of 10 37

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Trivia

German index

On February 27, 1988, Renegade was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

Japanese release

The original Japanese version (Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun) was the first title in the Nekketsu / Kunio-Kun" series which always revolve around the Nekketsu highschool and it's gangs. As such the Japanese Renegade has all characters dressed in school uniforms, and the backgrounds include schoolyards and other recognizably Japanese locations. The graphics were all re-drawn to fit into the "street fighting gangs" theme that was so popular at the time for the foreign releases however.

Awards

  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)
  • Commodore Format
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Beat-'em-ups
  • Computer and Video Games
    • May 1988 (Issue #79) - Golden Joystick 1988 Award: Third in category Game of the Year
    • May 1988 (Issue #79) - Golden Joystick 1988 Award: Runner up in category Arcade Game of the Year
  • Power Play
    • 1987 - #3 Best CPC Game '87
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