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Bad Dudes is a six-level action game originating in the arcades. The gameplay involving beating a succession of guys to complete the level, then an end-of-level bad guy. The action takes place on two different levels of the screen, which can be jumped across or navigated using ladders. Moves such as punches and kicks are on offer. The control method makes jumping sideways quite tricky.


Bad Dudes ZX Spectrum Ninjas are quick
Bad Dudes ZX Spectrum Nunchukahs give you more reach
Bad Dudes ZX Spectrum Options
Bad Dudes ZX Spectrum Carefully jump to the next lorry because if you fall you lose a life

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Alternate Titles

  • "Johnny Turbo's Arcade: Bad Dudes" -- Nintendo Switch title
  • "Dragon-Ninja" -- MSX/ZX Spectrum in-game title
  • "Dragon Ninja" -- Japanese Famicom title
  • "DragonNinja" -- Alternate title
  • "Bad Dudes Vs Dragon Ninja" -- European title
  • "Bad Dudes Vs DragonNinja" -- Arcade title screen title
  • "Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja" -- Arcade title

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Critic Reviews

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) May, 1989 792 out of 1000 79
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jul, 1991 73 out of 100 73
Your Sinclair Apr, 1989 7 out of 10 70 Aug, 2009 6 out of 10 60
Crash! Mar, 1988 5 out of 10 50


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The NES port of the game changed "President Ronnie" to simply "the President," possibly due to Nintendo's censorship protocol which restricted political content.


  • The guy that does the two sentence mission looks an awful lot like Duke Nukem doesn't he?
  • The first boss is actually Karnov, who was one of Data East's most popular characters.

Amstrad CPC versions

There were two versions of the game released: for CPC464 and CPC6128. The latter featured additional speech samples and while running from tape the game was loaded in one go.


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • December 1989 (Issue 5) - Wimpiest Hostage in a Video Game (President Bush)
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Martin Smith (66852) added Bad Dudes (ZX Spectrum) on Sep 08, 2004
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