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Vigilante is a side-scrolling beat-em-up. It features an anonymous tough hero that roams the streets to beat up The Rogues gang that kidnapped his girlfriend Maria. The game offers five distinct locations, such as city streets and a junkyard, with many different thugs with different strengths. You fight with your fists, feet and a chain, with a regular stance, crouched and jumping attacks. Each level features an end boss which requires a specific tactic in order to progress. Enemies keep spawning continuously from the left and the right side of the screen until the boss is reached, so a steady pace forward is required to reach the end of the level before time runs out. When enemies come too close they will grab the character and quick presses left and right are need to set him free, as he is then vulnerable to incoming attacks.


Vigilante TurboGrafx-16 Fighting in the junk yard
Vigilante TurboGrafx-16 He's trying to strangle me
Vigilante TurboGrafx-16 The first levels boss
Vigilante TurboGrafx-16 The enemies in black are a bit harder to beat

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "Arcade Archives: Vigilante" -- Nintendo Switch / PS4 title
  • "アーケードアーカイブス ビジランテ" -- Japanese Nintendo Switch / PS4 spelling
  • "ビジランテ" -- Japanese spelling

User Reviews

Save the madonna! Katakis | カタキス (42055) 2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Apr, 1989 80 out of 100 80
The Games Machine (UK) Apr, 1989 75 out of 100 75
Retro Archives Mar 19, 2021 14.5 out of 20 72
TurboPlay Jun, 1990 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Apr, 1989 8.2 out of 12 68
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Sep, 1989 24 out of 40 60
The Video Game Critic Mar 11, 2003 C 50
Retro Game Reviews May 18, 2015 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 50
Gamezone (Germany) May 30, 2006 4.7 out of 10 47
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 04, 2003 4 out of 10 40


Topic # Posts Last Post
MSX version is unofficial/clone 4 Alaka (80225)
May 18, 2020


Windows release

The game was one of the eighteen arcade games included in the compilation Irem Arcade Hits.

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RKL (5735) added Vigilante (TurboGrafx-16) on Dec 19, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Corn Popper (69020), Michael Cassidy (21142), Kam1Kaz3NL77 (364941), 80 (6535), Sciere (727343), Kabushi (256866), koffiepad (10513), Katakis | カタキス (42055) and rcoltrane (1803)