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Renegade (ZX Spectrum)

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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 ZX Spectrum Nothing is better than precise kick
Renegade ZX Spectrum Stage 2 - Boss
Renegade ZX Spectrum Fighting with two bikers is pretty hard
Renegade ZX Spectrum Each single hit by razor is deadly

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

A fine masterpiece of an arcade conversion. SpecMaster (2536) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

The Press Says

Your Sinclair Oct, 1987 9 out of 10 90
Crash! Sep, 1987 89 out of 100 89
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Feb, 1990 86 out of 100 86
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Nov, 1987 845 out of 1000 84
The Games Machine (UK) Oct, 1987 82 out of 100 82
Your Sinclair Feb, 1990 82 out of 100 82
Sinclair User Oct, 1987 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80


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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)
  • 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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Martin Smith (63131) added Renegade (ZX Spectrum) on Nov 27, 2004
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