Renegade III: The Final Chapter

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Renegade III: The Final Chapter is a side-scrolling beat 'em up developed by Imagine Software (a subsidiary of Ocean) and released for various home computer formats in 1990. It's the last title in the Renegade series which began with the arcade game of the same name (a westernized version of the first game in the Kunio-Kun series by Technos Japan which spun off into its own series due to the home computer version's popularity).

Why It Sucks

General

  1. A ridiculous time travel-themed plot that was one of the game's main points of criticism from fans of the previous games and seen as an indication that the series had jumped the shark.
  2. Incredibly slow and monotonous gameplay.
  3. Every enemy applies the same tactic of ganging up on the player.
  4. The player has almost zero attacks compared to previous games.
  5. Only 4 levels but each level is ridiculously long.
  6. Each level has to be completed within a tight time limit, if time runs out you have to start the whole game again.
  7. You have to reach the edge of the screen in order to make the screen scroll (except in the C64 version).

ZX Spectrum

  1. Lazy graphics, even for the hardware. The only colour used in the whole game is yellow.

Amstrad CPC

  1. Blurry and pixelated graphics to the point of being illegible.

Commodore 64

  1. Unique to this version is that the player also has to deal with their health constantly draining, which can only be refilled by killing enemies.
  2. You have to wait through multiple long load screens before getting to play the level.

Trivia

Youtube reviewer Stuart Ashen covered this game as part of his "Terrible Old Games You've Probably Never Heard Of" series. Both he and the guest reviewers in the video considered it the bane of their childhood as well as one of the most egregious examples of a bad game getting good reviews that were obviously paid for.