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Vigilante is a beat'um up that is based on an ageold formula of the old 'rescue the kidnapped woman by beating up tons of gangmembers'. You have to cross five levels of sidescrolling action and by using your deadly feet and fists and the occasional nunchakas lying around the streets until you reach the dreaded boss mr.X and defeat him. This is the most basic sidescrolling affair so all action takes place on a single plane which means you can't move up or down but only left and right.

The gang in question is simply called the skinheads which surprisingly doesn't have many actual skinhead in them and the woman who was kidnapped is called Madonna which I'm pretty sure it not based on the singer as in the game she wears a long skirt which I doubt she ever did. Most of the enemies are your basic thug who simply walks up to you and tries to grab you by the troat. One of them doesn't do too much damage and you can easily shake them off but they always seem to come in swarms so it's better to knock them out with a quick punch or kick before they hold you down. Then there are the tougher foes who often like to use weapons like baseball bats, knives and even guns. These guys take several hits to go down and it important to do it quickly because they can hurt you bad especially when you're trying to take on a lot of guys at once.

Fortunately for you occasionally you will find a nunchaka lying around the ground and once you pick it up not only will you do more damage and have a greater reach but you can hit faster as well. Ofcourse at the end of each level there will be a boss-character waiting for you and in staying with tradition they are big, they can easily outpunch you and take a lot of hits to take down as well. Not only that but each of them can regenerate as well so it's important to keep hitting them until they are down, your nunchakas are a great help in this case as the long reach tends to hit them back a ways. Once the boss is dealt with it's onto the next level as the van holding Madonna always tends to get away at the last moment. The five levels are pretty varied ranging from the streets to a junkjard, a bridge and on top of a building. Each has the same formula with the sidescrolling but on some levels enemies can hit you from above or maybe come at you using a motorcycle.

Vigilante takes the classic formula of kung-fu master and puts it in a newish jacket graphically but apart from that there is little difference between the games. The graphics themselves aren't bad and the characters are fairly detailed and big (on some systems they're not). Altough the gameplay is somewhat standard you can't forget that this game was designed for the arcades and considering that the gameplay is excellent for a quick fix. The pc-engine version is practically arcade perfect so if you're gonna get it try that one.

Overal rating: 7.5/10

Erde Kaiser

This game was released for several different systems here are some notes:
Amiga Released in 1989.
Game has been tested but not completed with winUAE v0.9.91.
The characters are somewhat small and gameplay is rather slow, not bad compared to most of the others though.
C64 Released in 1989.
Game has been tested but not completed with CCS64 v2.0 win.
The sprites are small and blurry and there are only max two enemies onscreen at once, avoid this version.
Turbo Grafx
Released in 1989.
Game has been tested but not completed with Magic Engine v0.98.
This version is arcade perfect, get this one if you're gonna try it.
SMS - Sega
Master system
Released in 1988.
Game has been tested but not completed with Dega v1.12.
Graphics are a bit toned down but overall it's pretty good.
ZX Spectrum Released in 1989.
Game has been tested but not completed with emuZwin v2.5.
The monochroom characters are difficult to make out against the backgrounds and gameplay is not much better.
Others These versions are not available.
Atari ST released in 1989, this is the same as the amiga version.

Date added Jul-04-2005 21:35
Name Vigilante
Developer Irem corp.
Publisher U.S. Gold
First released 1989
Genre Action
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Download Commodore 64, filesize: 70 Kb
Commodore Amiga, filesize: 357 Kb
PC-engine, filesize: 203 Kb
Sega Master System, filesize: 246 Kb
ZX Spectrum, filesize: 43 Kb
Manual Download manual , filesize: 467 Kb
This is the scanned manual for the turbo-grafx.
Solve / Docs No solve available
No extra docs available

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