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Description

Bad Dudes is a six-level action game originating in the arcades. The gameplay involving beating a succession of guys to complete the level, then an end-of-level bad guy. The action takes place on two different levels of the screen, which can be jumped across or navigated using ladders. Moves such as punches and kicks are on offer. The control method makes jumping sideways quite tricky.

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Bad Dudes Zeebo Stage 6 takes place in a cave. Several dangers await such as stalactites and bamboo traps.
Bad Dudes Zeebo After beating the previous bosses, here comes the stage 7 boss.
Bad Dudes Amiga Name Entry
Bad Dudes Commodore 64 Boss Killed

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Alternate Titles

  • "Johnny Turbo's Arcade: Bad Dudes" -- Nintendo Switch title
  • "Dragon-Ninja" -- MSX/ZX Spectrum in-game title
  • "Dragon Ninja" -- Japanese Famicom title
  • "DragonNinja" -- Alternate title
  • "Bad Dudes Vs Dragon Ninja" -- European title
  • "Bad Dudes Vs DragonNinja" -- Arcade title screen title
  • "Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja" -- Arcade title

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User Reviews

Nostalgia DOS Robert C (7)
I'm BAD! Infact This is so Bad that it's GOOD! NES Mr. Huh (112)

Critic Reviews

Sinclair User Arcade Aug, 1988 9 out of 10 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 May, 1989 860 out of 1000 86
Power Play Amstrad CPC Mar, 1989 66 out of 100 66
Pixel-Heroes.de ZX Spectrum Aug, 2009 6 out of 10 60
Thunderbolt Games NES Jan 12, 2010 6 out of 10 60
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Jun, 1991 55 out of 100 55
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Jul, 1989 50 out of 100 50
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Mean Machines NES Feb, 1991 39 out of 100 39

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Trivia

President

The NES port of the game changed "President Ronnie" to simply "the President," possibly due to Nintendo's censorship protocol which restricted political content.

References

  • The guy that does the two sentence mission looks an awful lot like Duke Nukem doesn't he?
  • The first boss is actually Karnov, who was one of Data East's most popular characters.

Amstrad CPC versions

There were two versions of the game released: for CPC464 and CPC6128. The latter featured additional speech samples and while running from tape the game was loaded in one go.

Awards

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • December 1989 (Issue 5) - Wimpiest Hostage in a Video Game (President Bush)
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