Written by  :  SpecMaster (2581)
Written on  :  Aug 04, 2013
Platform  :  ZX Spectrum
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A fine masterpiece of an arcade conversion.

The Good

As a fighting game, Renegade for me ticks pretty much every box needed to be a great one, in fact it stands out as one of the finest fighting games on the Spectrum.

It's a conversion of an arcade game by Technos which was much more popular in Japan. The arcade game was a bit of a confusing mess control wise, thankfully however the controls are much simple here and are quite effective.

The graphics are nice and up to the usual Spectrum standards. The character sprites and the level designs are very well designed and replicates the arcade game well. The music is really good and sets up a good atmosphere...unless if you bought the Hit-Squad budget release like me where the music was removed...bah!

The Bad

There's not a whole lot wrong with this game actually, but one thing rather bothering is that the controls, though much easier to manage than the arcade game, still have a habit of turning on you. Sometimes when you go for your jumping kick, he doesn't, leaving you a sitting duck to get hit when you land, especially in level four where you die with one hit.

Also, some of the graphics prove to be too complex for the humble Speccy, for instance level three's boss Big Bertha looks less like a big, angry woman and more like a badly designed robot with a bad case of depression...probably realises her fate.

The Bottom Line

Renegade is an excellent arcade conversion and so much better than the arcade version. Well worth a look.