Target: Renegade

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Target: Renegade
Target renegade inlay.jpg
Cover art
Developer(s) Dave Collier, Mike Lamb, Dawn Drake, Jonathan Dunn, Gary Biasillo, Simon Butler, John Palmer, Martin McDonald
Publisher(s) Imagine Software
Composer(s) NES version
Tim Follin
Platform(s) ZX Spectrum
Commodore 64
Amstrad CPC
NES
Release date(s) 1988
Genre(s) Fighting game
Mode(s) Single-player, two player
Distribution Cassette, cartridge

Target: Renegade is a scrolling beat'em up (or flip-screen on certain versions) computer game released on the Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum systems in the late 1980s by Ocean Software on their "Imagine" label, as well as a Nintendo Entertainment System version published by Taito. The game is a sequel to Renegade and was followed by Renegade 3. When acquiring the license to convert the original arcade game Renegade to home computers, Ocean acquired the option to produce and release their own home-computer-only sequels to the game, and Target Renegade was the first of these sequels.

On most formats, the game caters for one or two players and concerns itself with the adventures of a streetfighter (or a pair of identical streetfighters) known only as "Renegade", who seek(s) revenge against a local crime kingpin named "Mr. Big" for murdering his or their brother Matt. The player character varies, depending on the format, but is usually represented as topless apart from a leather vest and wearing jeans.

Regardless of the format, the cover of the game and the title screen (as seen on the image to the right) portrays a topless street fighter performing a flying kick through a window. In keeping with video game box art and advertising of the era, the character shown in this illustration bears little relation to any character in the game itself. The actual picture is based on Martial Arts Legend Joe Lewis from the cover of his book The World's Greatest Fighter Teaches You How To Master Bruce Lee's Fighting System, but has been adjusted so as to fit in with the character of Renegade.

The game comprises five levels, though details of enemies and weapons vary from one version to another (the NES version in particular is more like Double Dragon than the home computer versions). The NES and C64 versions of the game do not have a two-player co-operative mode.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
Computer and Video Games 35/40[4]
Crash 90%[2]
Sinclair User 10/10[3]
Your Sinclair 9/10[1]
ACE 653[5]
The Games Machine 85%[6]
Awards
Publication Award
Your Sinclair Megagame
Crash Crash Smash

The ZX Spectrum version was voted number 13 in the Your Sinclair Readers' Top 100 Games of All Time.[7]

Related games[edit]

Ocean Software produced a second Renegade sequel titled Renegade 3: The Final Chapter. Technos Japan Corp., the developers of the original arcade version of Renegade, produced their own line of sequels and spinoffs to Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun, the Japanese version of Renegade, for the Japanese market. Target: Renegade and Renegade 3 are not related in any way to the Kunio-kun series.

In 2006 an unofficial unofficial remake of the Spectrum version[8] was released for Windows. Expanding the multiplayer element to allow six simultaneous players, Target; 2006 received a 70% score in issue 41 of Retro Gamer.

Preceded by
We Are The Champions
UK number-one Spectrum game
August–September 1988
Succeeded by
Football Manager 2

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