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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 ZX Spectrum Menu
Renegade ZX Spectrum Stage 3 - Red light area
Renegade DOS Demo (EGA)
Renegade SEGA Master System Mission 4

Promo Images

Renegade Screenshot
Renegade Screenshot
Renegade Screenshot
Renegade Concept Art as Game additional material

Alternate Titles

  • "熱血硬派くにおくん" -- Japanese spelling
  • "热血硬派" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun" -- Japanese title
  • "Ghetto" -- Italian title
  • "Arcade Archives: Renegade" -- PS4 title

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A fine masterpiece of an arcade conversion. ZX Spectrum SpecMaster (2581)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1990 86 out of 100 86
Commodore User Commodore 64 Oct, 1987 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Nov, 1987 7 out of 10 70
Retro Archives SEGA Master System Sep 12, 2018 13.5 out of 20 68
Retro Archives Arcade Sep 12, 2018 13 out of 20 65
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Nov, 1987 500 out of 1000 50
Retro Archives Amstrad CPC Sep 12, 2018 9.5 out of 20 48
Retro Archives Commodore 64 Sep 12, 2018 9 out of 20 45 NES Mar, 2013 C- 42
Retroage NES Oct 10, 2014 3.7 out of 10 37


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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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