(Irem, 1989)

Intro and story:
So do you remember the classic arcade and NES fighting game Kung Fu? You know that cool title where a bunch of mindless morons and weird stuff like dragons that shoot out fire at you the martial artist. Well, this Turbografx-16 game here is a very close remake of the arcade fighter Vigilante; a game that was a update of the original Kung Fu from the early eighties. Lets see what makes this game so good and so very bad too. In this 2D action game you get to help a man take the law into his own hands has he goes through 5 extremely short but greuling levels of street thugs to save your kidnapped girlfriend named Madonna (I don't think it's the real Modonna so she might be worth saving). Again, kidnapped girl always seems to work in these type of games so that's all good.
The game play and bottomline:  
Just like in Kung Fu, you can punch and kick your way through hordes of bad guys but now you're fighting a bunch of nasty street punks. Although you only have basic punches and kicks here, you can pick up some Nunchuncks to help you out on your deadly missions in gritty junkyards and back alleys. Be awhere however that some your enemies can use weapons too and you can really lose a lot life fast if you're not careful.

Another big jump from Kung Fu is the graphics are pretty damn impressive. The game takes place in New York City and you can tell the programmers did their homework because there is good amount of detail both the characters and backgrounds (if a bit cartoon-like). Sadly the music and sound effects are absolutely horrible so they don't hold their end.

Vigilante is still a fun but way too simple action game. The levels are not too long and there are only 5 of them as well so the whole experience will be over before you know it. Because of this the game just doesn't offer much replay value play at all and it will be collecting more dust then a Madonna album.
Here is my 5 minute video review of Vigilante too!

*600 points on the Nintendo Wii

overall rating: 52/100

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For 1 player only
Rated (E) for Everyone
graphics: 7/10
sound: 3/10
gameplay: 4/10
replay: 3/10

(Ryan Genno) 2008

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