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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 Arcade Boss is stronger
Renegade ZX Spectrum Menu
Renegade Amiga Down on the ground
Renegade Amiga As Q-Bert would say: "Bye-Bye!"

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
Zzap! Commodore 64 Nov, 1987 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Feb, 1990 88 out of 100 88
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Dec, 1987 83 out of 100 83
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Oct, 1987 82 out of 100 82
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1990 82 out of 100 82
Happy Computer Amstrad CPC Oct, 1987 77 out of 100 77
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Oct, 1988 641 out of 1000 64
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Oct, 1987 6.8 out of 12 57
Atari ST User Atari ST May, 1992 25 out of 100 25

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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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