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A fine masterpiece of an arcade conversion. ZX Spectrum SpecMaster (2581)
Obvious source of Double Dragon and The Combatribes Arcade Andrew Fisher (688)

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Commodore 64 6 3.1
DOS 6 3.1
NES 12 2.9
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ZX Spectrum 11 4.2
Combined User Score 54 3.3

Critic Reviews

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Commodore 64Commodore Force (Aug, 1993)
Ah, one of my all-time faves this - a beat-em-up which allows all the dirty tactics you could ask for. Many an enjoyable hours brawling's in store for anyone with the brawn to try it out. Without doubt one of the C64's finest moments for sheer arcade fun. love it.
Commodore 64Zzap! (Nov, 1987)
A thoroughly entertaining fighting romp through New York.
ZX SpectrumYour Sinclair (Oct, 1987)
Are you a rebel without a cause? Well, here's one that'll keep you on a knife edge for months to come. Imagine's Renegade is a new breed of game, a type of gutsy, streetfighting action movie set in the gangland ghettoes in which you play the starring role - a tough martial arts expert called Renegade. Based on the chart topping coin-op by Taito, its pure violence in graphic detail is a must for all closet reprobates.
ZX SpectrumCrash! (Sep, 1987)
The things you do for girls... Having arranged to meet Lucy across town, you find yourself getting off a train at a station filled with disreputable types intent on mugging you - or worse.
Amstrad CPCComputer and Video Games (CVG) (Feb, 1990)
Great sprites and backdrops, as well as the same high level of addiction as the others, make Amstrad Renegade the best of the bunch!
Amstrad CPCThe Games Machine (UK) (Oct, 1987)
This version has a much better feel than the one produced for the Spectrum - it is most gratifying to take on dozens of attackers, all out for your blood, and to win against seemingly impossible odds. It is enough to make you forget that this is essentially little more than just another fighting game.
ZX SpectrumComputer and Video Games (CVG) (Feb, 1990)
Crisp, monochrome graphics work well in this well-programmed arcade beat 'em up, which is a snip at its new three pound price tag.
Renegade is an extremely playable and addictive game, with some of the smoothest graphics ever seen on the Amstrad. Although there are only five levels the game will not be finished in a hurry; it is real tough out on the streets.
This all-action conversion has identical gameplay to the Amstrad - and that means it's pretty hot stuff. Graphics are very good and the colour is very well used. Keyboard response is a bit on the slow side but poses no major problems. If you liked the look of the Amstrad version then you should be happy with the Spectrum conversion - as long as you can cope with the violence.
SEGA Master (Aug 06, 2003)
Technos Japan nos presenta un concepto de juego distinto a los beat'em up habituales de la época, con muchas técnicas, fases muy variadas en las que se mezclan peleas callejeras con peleas en moto, enemigos de muy distinto pelaje, poder elegir camino en determinadas zonas o que al perder los mafiosos te tiren a la basura y se rían de ti. Todo esto haría de Renegade un juego imprescindible si no fuera porque es algo corto y por un control que se invierte según a que lado miremos. Aun así, estamos ante uno de los mejores de su género, con unas virtudes mas notorias que sus defectos, que no deberían dejar pasar los fans de este tipo de juegos, diversión asegurada.
Commodore 64The Games Machine (UK) (Dec, 1987)
The graphics aren't as impressive or detailed as those of the Amstrad version, but they are smooth and feature some good animation. The keyboard is required for punching and kicking, which adds to the frustration of dying in the heat of the moment. A minor drawback for this otherwise excellent coin-op conversion.
ZX SpectrumYour Sinclair (Feb, 1990)
Control is simple and effective, you are always given a chance (which probably has more to do with the game's original success than anything else) and the graphics are excellent. Anyone who's played the later games may find it a little easy, but everybody else will have a ball.
ZX SpectrumThe Games Machine (UK) (Oct, 1987)
The graphics are surprisingly clear and detailed, and move extremely well, enhancing the overall fee - which is what makes Renegade so exciting to play. A worthy addition to your software library.
Commodore 64Computer and Video Games (CVG) (Feb, 1990)
The graphics aren't as nicely defined as those on the Spectrum, and the control system is a tad iffy, but Renegade is still a worthwhile buy.
Commodore 64Commodore User (Oct, 1987)
Whilst the graphics and animation aren't brilliant, they are not by any means bad. Renegade does play extremely well though and you will be struggling and cursing with this for hours, mind you that is not just because it is addictive - it is, but it is also very hard. Harder than the coin-op in fact.
ZX SpectrumSinclair User (Oct, 1987)
This is going to sell zillions. Renegade - converted from the coin-up of the same name - is quite possibly the most visually violent computer game I've ever seen.
Amstrad CPCHappy Computer (Oct, 1987)
Renegade entpuppte sich nicht als das 98. langweilige Prügelspiel, sondern als rassiges Action-Programm. Spieltechnisch gehört Renegade zu den besten Programmen dieser Art und die Grafik der Schneider-Version ist eine wahre Augenweide: hervorragend gezeichnet und flott animiert. Ein brutales, aber unterhaltsames Kampfspiel; leider ohne Zwei-Spieler-Modus.
SEGA Master SystemGamesCollection (Feb 16, 2009)
Un gioco dedicato agli amanti dei picchiaduro a scorrimento più caparbi. Probabilmente se la difficoltà del titolo fosse stata calibrata meglio sarebbe stato un titolo da non farsi assolutamente scappare visto la grande varietà di azione di cui può godere il giocatore. Un'occasione quasi sprecata.
SEGA Master SystemVideoGame (Aug, 1993)
A cidade de New Arcadia acaba de ser invadida por Lucas. O vilão controla o sindicato do mal, que conta com traficantes, guerrilheiros, gangues de motoqueiros e terroristas. Você é Mr. K, um jovem e poderoso lutador que tem de livrar a cidade de seu poder.
The different enemies are nice and include street gangs, motorcycle gangs, and women with loaded purses. The game is also pretty short once you get the hang of it. Overall though, the game is polished for an early beat ’em up, and there’s some fun to be had, including a nice motorcycle battle level.
Amstrad CPCComputer and Video Games (CVG) (Nov, 1987)
Graphics and colour are well used throughout the game, it's a pity that the sound was not used the same way. The Amstrad version has been programmed well and looks as if quite a bit of time has been spent on its production.
NESAll Game Guide (1998)
Renegade may not be the best street-fighting, brawl-type game out there, but it's lightyears ahead of a game like Urban Champion. It's just challenging enough to make you angry when you lose, and just fun enough to make you want to finish it at least a couple of times.
SEGA Master SystemRetro Archives (Sep 12, 2018)
Elle se sera faite attendre, mais cette version de Renegade sur Master Sytem est définitivement la meilleure: plus belle, plus longue, plus travaillée, aussi jouable, dommage que personne n’ait daigné lui ajouter quelques niveaux, sans quoi on aurait tenu un des meilleurs Beat-them-All de la console. Une adaptation qui aurait sans doute connu une meilleure notoriété si elle avait eu la bonne idée de sortir trois ou quatre ans plus tôt.
NESRetro Archives (Sep 12, 2018)
Si, en terme de réalisation technique, ce portage de Renegade sur NES n’a rien d’extraordinaire, le fait que son contenu ait été sérieusement étoffé est un gros « plus » à mettre à son crédit. Des possibilités étendues, des sous-niveaux, des bonus, un stage en moto et même un effort de mise en scène: tout cela fait énormément de bien à une aventure qui reste malheureusement très courte, et cantonnée à un joueur. Cela n’en fait pas moins une des versions du jeu les plus intéressantes à jouer.
ArcadeRetro Archives (Sep 12, 2018)
Véritable père du Beat-them-all « moderne » qui allait proliférer à sa suite, Renegade est un titre dont l’influence aura été telle que chacun de ses mécanismes apparaîtra comme immédiatement familier à tous ceux s’étant un jour essayés au genre. Efficace, amusant et rapidement exigeant, le programme pâtit aujourd’hui surtout de sa brièveté et de l’absence d’un mode deux joueurs en simultané qui lui aurait fait grand bien. Toutes les bases des futurs grands classiques étant malgré tout déjà posées ici, Renegade reste une curiosité qui mérite d’être (re)découverte par tous les amateurs du genre.
Beat-em-up action hasn't lost any of its immediate appeal in the meantime, but today the gameplay seems shallow and the levels too few.
DOSPlay Time (Apr, 1995)
Ambitionierter Wing Commander 3-Clone, der an das Original natürlich nicht komplett heranreicht. Vermag die grafische Qualität noch zu überzeugen, ist der Sound deutlich zu monoton geraten. Außerdem werden die immer gleich aufgebauten Missionen viel zu schnell langweilig. Renegade wäre vor einem Jahr ein Spitzenprodukt gewesen, ist jetzt aber nur noch zweite Wahl.
WiiIGN (May 05, 2008)
Compared to the far superior River City Ransom and Double Dragon, Renegade is certainly found lacking as an example of the NES beat-‘em-up genre. And the Virtual Console release schedule didn’t do the game any favors by having it come out last on the service, right after those two more notable titles have already made a play for gamers’ same stock of 500 Wii Points. But taken on its own merits, Renegade is still a fair experience and one that could be appreciated by fans of the brawler genre, especially since it’s the game that, historically, served as the foundation for the entire genre. Put your money toward River City or Double Dragon before this one, but if you’re feeling nostalgic and don’t mind some unrefined aspects of presentation and control, consider an additional investment of five bucks here to explore the roots of side-scrolling street fighting.
Apple IIRetro Archives (Sep 12, 2018)
Si Renegade sur Apple II profite des ajouts de la version NES, il n’hérite hélas ni de sa réalisation ni de sa jouabilité. En dépit de faiblesses évidentes, cette version reste malgré tout plus longue, plus variée et plus agréable à prendre en main que les itérations 16 bits – un sacré pied de nez.
Commodore 64ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) (Oct, 1987)
Meiner Meinung nach hat IMAGINE schon wesentlich bessere Umsetzungen geliefert, die mehr Spaß gemacht haben.Vor einer Umsetzung sollten sich die Programmierer von IMAGINE vor allen Dingen immer darüber informieren,wie schwierig es überhaupt ist, den entsprechenden Automaten auf die begrenzten Möglichkeiten eines 8-Bitters zurechtzustutzen. Bei einigen Games sollte man nämlich gleich die Finger weglassen oder sie nur für den Atari ST oder den Amiga produzieren. Damit wäre nämlich allen geholfen, denn die Firmen ersparen sich miese Verkaufszahlen und die Spieler eine herbe Entäuschung. RENEGADE jedenfalls hätte besser gemacht werden können, aber Programmierer sind halt auch nur Menschen...
SEGA Master SystemMean Machines (Apr, 1993)
Although there are many moves available to the main character and there's a surprise in store for those expecting a straight forward coin-op conversion, Renegade is a yawn-inducing disappointment due to the undemanding nature of the gameplay.
Atari STRetro Archives (Sep 12, 2018)
Comme souvent, la version Atari ST de Renegade aura été forgée dans le même moule que la version Amiga. Les deux adaptations sont strictement identiques, en bien comme en mal, et ne font pas vraiment honneur à la borne d’arcade.
AmigaRetro Archives (Sep 12, 2018)
Si Renegade sur Amiga fait naturellement mieux, techniquement parlant, que les portages l’ayant précédé sur les systèmes 8 bits, une animation arthritique et une jouabilité mal pensée le privent hélas de l’essentiel: le plaisir de jeu. Face aux déplacements pénibles du personnage, l’essentiel d’une partie se résume rapidement à marteler l’unique bouton en espérant que cela accomplisse quelque chose. Certainement pas la meilleure expérience de jeu dont on puisse rêver.
Renegade on the C64 is not as exciting or as polished as on other machines. Only having four sprites on the screen at any one time means you lose the sense that you're fighting against huge odds. The graphics themselves are poor - and what is a good game on other machines becomes very average on the C64.
ZX SpectrumRetro Archives (Sep 12, 2018)
Renegade sur ZX Spectrum n’est certes pas la première version sur laquelle se précipitera la joueur contemporain, mais cela reste une conversion de très bonne qualité pour la machine de Sinclair. Dommage que la jouabilité à un bouton fasse augmenter la difficulté en flèche, mais au moins cela permettra-t-il au jeu de vous résister plus d’une dizaine de minutes.
Amstrad CPCRetro Archives (Sep 12, 2018)
Si Renegade sur Amstrad CPC offre une réalisation technique très réussie en dépit de la fenêtre de jeu minuscule, sa jouabilité totalement anti-ergonomique demandant d’utiliser conjointement le clavier et le joystick, associée à des choix de game design assez malheureux (ces ennemis qui fuient vos coups…) transforment au final le titre en un calvaire franchement désagréable à jouer. Dommage, car il y avait vraiment matière à proposer facilement une expérience bien plus divertissante.
DOSRetro Archives (Sep 12, 2018)
Ce n’est pas très beau, c’est saccadé à s’en brûler les yeux, c’est à peine jouable: gagné, c’est Renegade sur PC. On appréciera au moins que le programme ait fait l’effort de reconnaître la carte son Adlib, mais c’est vraiment la seule chose à sauver de ce portage sans intérêt.
Commodore 64Retro Archives (Sep 12, 2018)
D’accord, contrairement à la version CPC, Renegade sur C64 est jouable en se contentant du joystick, ce qui est un progrès. En revanche, il est si difficile de faire tenir toutes les actions sur un seul bouton qu’on en vient presque à se demander si le recours au clavier était une si mauvaise solution. Et, pour ne rien arranger, la réalisation est plus que quelconque; bref, certainement pas la meilleure façon de découvrir le Beat-them-all de Technos.
42 (Mar, 2013)
Even if Renegade was equipped with tighter controls, its rudimentary gameplay and short length don’t warrant much replay. There are four levels consisting of two screens each, followed directly by an end boss. Higher difficulty levels are your only option once you’ve beaten the game. Later Technos beat-em-ups would refine the genre to a science, but with Renegade, they hadn’t figured out the formula.
NESThe Video Game Critic (Jan 19, 2003)
This side scrolling brawler looks looks like a Double Dragon clone but has a few tricks of its own. The controls are unusual, as the B button attacks thugs to your left, and A attacks those on your right. It takes some getting used to, but it's cool how you can engage bad guys approaching from both sides. You can also "daze" an opponent with repeated punches, and then grab him and throw him off a platform or into other bad guys. Double-tapping the directional pad allows you to run, although it's hardly necessary. The action is definitely repetitive, and the bosses are a serious pain in the ass. I really wish there were some weapons laying around. Half the thugs are approach with sticks and smack you all over the place. I do like the cool motorcycle sequence where you can kick other riders off of their bikes. And you have to love inspired dialogue like "You ain't tough enough for me!" Renegade isn't great, but it may have influenced later brawlers like Streets of Rage.
NESJust Games Retro (Feb 19, 2007)
Renegade's major flaw is that it borrowed from Kung Fu Master the idea of tromping between screens and fending off Warriors-esque armies of street punks. Renegade added some varied locations, freedom of movement, extra moves, and defined a genre that other games grabbed and ran with for impressive successes. But ultimately, this initial effort is kind of rubbish. Even if I had no foreknowledge of the similar games to come, I'd still be saying that Renegade showed potential, but isn't a great realization of the concept.
Nintendo SwitchVideo Chums (Jul 09, 2018)
Arcade Archives: Renegade is like a time capsule full of tchotchkes; it's cool to open it up and take a look but there's very little substance that remains useful in this day and age.
NESRetroage (Oct 10, 2014)
Dla kogo tak naprawdę jest ta gra? Cóż, mogę ją polecić jedynie fanom Kunio. Miłośnicy tego typu gier znajdą o wiele więcej lepszych tytułów i tym bardziej nie mają co zaprzątać sobie głowy Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun.
WiiNintendo Life (May 05, 2008)
The final nail in the coffin is the lack of a simultaneous two-player option, which might have rendered the game a little more entertaining. Double Dragon is also guilty of this, but the game is a lot more fun and easy to control, so it’s a little more forgivable. Unless you happen to be a massive fan of this game then I really can’t see any reason why you would want to download it when River City Ransom is available, as well as the other excellent brawlers that are on the Virtual Console.
Atari STAtari ST User (May, 1992)
There had to be one bad apple in the bunch, and they don't come much worse than this. You could find better games written in Basic, so avoid this like the plague.
Commodore 64Computer Gaming World (CGW) (May, 1989)
The important arcade "feel" is carried over into the personal computer versions of Renegade. Playing Renegade makes the player feel like he is trained in martial arts. His movements are smoother and faster than in the other games.