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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 Apple II Biker boss
Renegade NES Boss
Renegade Arcade Kicking the thugs off their bikes
Renegade DOS Demo (EGA)

Promo Images

Renegade Screenshot
Renegade Screenshot
Renegade Screenshot
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 (707)

Critic Reviews

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Nov, 1987 845 out of 1000 84
SegaFan.com SEGA Master System Aug 06, 2003 8.3 out of 10 83
Happy Computer Amstrad CPC Oct, 1987 77 out of 100 77
CU Amiga Amiga Jan, 1992 68 out of 100 68
Retro Archives SEGA Master System Sep 12, 2018 13.5 out of 20 68
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Nov, 1987 500 out of 1000 50
Amiga Mania Amiga Mar, 1992 45 out of 100 45
Just Games Retro NES Feb 19, 2007 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Amiga Action Amiga Mar, 1992 8 out of 100 8
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Commodore 64 May, 1989 Unscored Unscored


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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.

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.


  • 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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