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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.


Bad Dudes Commodore 64 Boss
Bad Dudes Commodore 64 Loading Screen
Bad Dudes Commodore 64 Boss Killed
Bad Dudes Commodore 64 Boss Hurt

Promo Images

Bad Dudes Screenshot
Bad Dudes Screenshot
Bad Dudes Screenshot
Bad Dudes Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "龙之忍者" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "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
  • "ドラゴンニンジャ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "배드 듀즈" -- Korean spelling (Hangul)

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User Reviews

It is so good, that it wraps around, and gets bad Wurtzly (1092) 2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jul, 1991 86 out of 100 86
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) May, 1989 860 out of 1000 86
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Mar, 1989 8 out of 12 67 Aug, 2009 6 out of 10 60
Commodore Format Jun, 1991 55 out of 100 55
The Games Machine (UK) Apr, 1989 47 out of 100 47


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


  • 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.


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • December 1989 (Issue 5) - Wimpiest Hostage in a Video Game (President Bush)
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Katakis | カタキス (41272) added Bad Dudes (Commodore 64) on Apr 15, 2004
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