Vigilante Is a 1988 Beat em Up arcade game that was developed and published by Irem in Japan then released by Data East in North America. The game is a spiritual sequel to Irems earlier hit Kung-Fu master. Players take control of a martial artist in Downtown New York City. The protagonists girlfriend Madonna has been kidnapped and the player has to dish out vigilante justice against an evil gang called the skinheads in order to rescue her. The final showdown is against Giant Devil the leader of the gang.
VIGILANTE GAMEPLAY WITH 1 COIN ONLY
Players control the main character using punches and kicks to defeat the gang in a side scrolling 2D setting. Sometimes the player can pick up nanchaku to help with the martial arts battles. The player will lose the weapon if they get hurt while it is equipped. Each level has its own henchman or boss and there are five levels in total. The settings in order of appearence include the street, a junkyard, the Brooklyn Bridge, a back street then a building top that is under construction. Gang members will attack the main player with knives, chains, rifles and motorbikes just to name a few things. If a player character gets too close to an enemy they will cling on and drasticly drain the players health until they escape.
THE VIGILANTE PORT FOR SEGA MASTER SYSTEM
Vigilante was well recieved in the arcades but got mixed reactions in regards to its home port. Crash Magazine gave vigilante 8 out of 10. Sinclair User gave it 6 out of 10 and Your Sinclair gave it 69%. In the Sega Master System port the kidnapped girlfriend was renamed Maria and the Skinheads were called rogues. The game also got ported onto Commodore 64, Spectrum, Atari ST, Amiga, Amstrad and TurboGrafx-16. Gamers today still appreciate Vigilante for its simplicity and addictive hard hitting combat.