Format reviewed: Arcade
Publisher: Data East
Submitted by: Matthew 'Keith' Bridge
Vigilante is an arcade game developed and published by Irem in Japan in 1988, and was published and released in the U.S. by Data East.
The game's setting takes place in downtown New York City. The game's plot involves a lone, professional martial artist who became a vigilante to fight an evil gang called the Skinheads ruled by a man known as the Giant Devil, in order to protect his “turf” and save his girlfriend Madonna, who was kidnapped by them.
The game is considered a spiritual successor to Irem's earlier game Kung-Fu Master and its Japan-only sequel, Spartan X 2, in which the main character uses punches and kicks to defeat the Skinheads in a 2D platform manner. He also can occasionally use a nunchaku against his enemies. If he gets hurt while holding nunchukus, he'll lose them. There are 5 stages in order of appearance: a street, a junkyard, the Brooklyn Bridge, a back street scene and on top of a building that is under construction. Skinheads with mohawk or spike hairdo attack the vigilante with knives, chains, motorbikes, rifles and other kinds of weapons. They'll also cling to him if he stands too close to them.
An Absolute classic, i'm really suprised no ones uploaded this one already!
Format reviewed: PC Eng/Turbografx-16
Submitted by: aaran marbell
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 thugs'. You have to cross five levels of sidescrolling action by kicking and punching until you reach the boss and defeat him. This is the most basic sidescrolling stuff so you can't move up or down but only left and right.
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.
Having said that, this is excellent for a quick fix. The pc-engine version is practically arcade perfect so if you're gonna get it try that version over the sega version.