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Description

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.

Screenshots

Renegade ZX Spectrum Stage 2 - Boss
Renegade ZX Spectrum Pitiless struggle with razor wielders
Renegade ZX Spectrum Knocked out enemy can be thrown away
Renegade NES Road Wars

Promo Images

Renegade Magazine Advertisement Page 5
Renegade Screenshot
Renegade Concept Art as Game additional material
Renegade Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "熱血硬派くにおくん" -- Japanese spelling
  • "アーケードアーカイブス 熱血硬派くにおくん" -- Japanese Switch / PS4 spelling
  • "くにおくん ザ・ワールド ~熱血硬派くにおくん~" -- Microsoft / PlayStation Store Japanese spelling
  • "热血硬派" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun" -- Japanese title
  • "Kunio-kun The World: Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun" -- Microsoft / PlayStation Store Japanese title
  • "Ghetto" -- Italian title
  • "Arcade Archives: Renegade" -- Nintendo Switch / PS4 title

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User Reviews

A fine masterpiece of an arcade conversion. ZX Spectrum SpecMaster (2581)
Obvious source of Double Dragon and The Combatribes Arcade Andrew Fisher (700)

Critic Reviews

SegaFan.com SEGA Master System Aug 06, 2003 8.3 out of 10 83
All Game Guide NES 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Retro Archives Arcade Sep 12, 2018 13 out of 20 65
Nintendo Life Nintendo Switch Jul 04, 2018 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
Retro Archives Atari ST Sep 12, 2018 10 out of 20 50
Retro Archives ZX Spectrum Sep 12, 2018 9.5 out of 20 48
Retro Archives DOS Sep 12, 2018 9 out of 20 45
The Video Game Critic NES Jan 19, 2003 C- 42
Nintendo Life Wii May 05, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 30

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Trivia

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.

ZX Spectrum versions

There 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.

Awards

  • ACE
    • 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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