DescriptionThis 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.
- "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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German indexOn 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 releaseThe 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.
ZX Spectrum versionsThere are two versions of the game: 48K and 128K. The latter is an enhanced edition that contains an additional level, in-game music and a shoulder throw manoeuvre.
- 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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- CPC-Power, an Amstrad CPC game database (in French) (for Amstrad CPC: dowloadable releases; artwork; additional material)
- Game Maps (Sega Master System) (Maps of all levels.)
- Lemon, a C64 game database (for C64: games, reviews and music)
- Lemon Amiga, an Amiga games database (for Amiga: Amiga game reviews; cheats & music)
- My Abandonware, a PC games database (for PC, Amiga and C64: downloadable releases; online versions; additional material)
- Sega8bit, a Master System fan site (for SEGA Master System: artwork; releases; additional material)
- SMS Power!, a SEGA Master System game database (for SEGA Master System: releases info; credits; soundtrack)
- The International Arcade Museum (extensive information about the arcade game machine)
- Wikipedia (free Encyclopedia entry)
- World of Spectrum (for ZX Spectrum: downloadable releases; additional material; player reviews; magazine references; magazine adverts)