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Renegade (US)


Renegade (c) 12/1986 Technos.


An incredibly difficult but classic beat-em-up from Technos that sees a single player taking on huge gangs of street fighters. The game is spread across six different levels, each of which is only two or three screens wide; giving the player nowhere to hide. Renegade was a rather more brutal game than others of its genre, and even allowed the player to keep attacking a downed enemy. It was also possible to pick up fallen enemies and throw them at oncoming fighters.


Renegade's programmers would take what they learned while designing and writing Renegade and improve upon it in every conceivable way for the legendary "Double Dragon", released a year later.


- TECHNICAL -


Game ID : TA-0018

Prom Stickers : N


Main CPU : M6502 (@ 1.5 Mhz)

Sound CPU : M6809 (@ 1.5 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM3526 (@ 3 Mhz), Custom (@ 8 Khz)


Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 240 x 240 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette Colors : 256


Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 2


- TRIVIA -


Licensed to Taito for US manufacture and distribution. This game is known in Japan as "Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-Kun" and is graphically completely different to the western release; the main character, instead of a street fighter, is a Japanese school student named Kunio and, rather than rescuing a kipnapped girlfriend, Kunio must beat-up gangs from rival schools who are always picking on Kunio's brother. Most of the sprites in Kunio-kun have been changed for Renegade: the train station of level 1 became a subway and all of the students have been modified to look more like common street thugs. Also, Kunio's brother has been replaced for the western release with the archectypal damsel in distress.


Kunio-kun was so popular in Japan that it has spawned countless of spinoffs for the Famicom, Super Famicom, PC Engine, Game Boy, etc. One of these titles is "Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari", which is the Japanese version of the NES cult hit, "River City Ransom". Kunio, Renegade's main character, was originally the hero of ''River City Ransom'' manga. His name, ''Kunio'', is named after the director of Technos, Kunio Taki. Kunio also appears in the "Super Dodge Ball" series.


Apollon Music released a limited-edition soundtrack album (Cassette format) for this game (Nekketsu Kouha-kun Sound Story) on 05/1987.


- TIPS AND TRICKS -


On the first two levels, try to throw the enemies from the platforms; being careful, of course, to avoid falling from the platform yourself. Also, to kill the third boss, run away from her and hit the kick button (repeat). When fighting the knife gang on the final stage, if you are stabbed even once, you will die. The safest way to defeat them is with dashing punches. Never engage a single enemy or stay one place for too long, otherwise you will be attacked.


- SERIES -


1. Renegade (1986)

2. Target Renegade (1988, Sinclair ZX Spectrum & Commodore C64)

3. Renegade III - The final chapter (1989, Sinclair ZX Spectrum & Commodore C64)


- PORTS -


* Consoles :

Nintendo Famicom (1987)

Sega Master System


* Computers :

Commodore C64 (1987)

Amstrad CPC (1987)

Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1987)

Thomson TO8 (1988)

Commodore Amiga (1989)

Atari ST (1989)

Apple II

Thomson M05