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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.


Renegade Thomson MO Starting Misson 1
Renegade Commodore 64 Down on the ground
Renegade ZX Spectrum This guy need a few lessons of boxing
Renegade ZX Spectrum One of muggers falling down to hell

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

Zzap! Commodore 64 Nov, 1987 90 out of 100 90
Crash! ZX Spectrum Sep, 1987 89 out of 100 89
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Oct, 1987 847 out of 1000 85 SEGA Master System Aug 06, 2003 8.3 out of 10 83
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Oct, 1987 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
GamesCollection SEGA Master System Feb 16, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
IGN Wii May 05, 2008 6 out of 10 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Oct, 1987 6.8 out of 12 57
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Nov, 1987 500 out of 1000 50
Nintendo Life Wii May 05, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 30


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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.


  • 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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