Two Crude Dudes

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Two Crude Dudes
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Developer(s) of original games: Data East
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥7,800 T-13063
Sega Mega Drive
$49.95[1] T-13026
Sega Mega Drive
£34.99[2] 1141
Sega Mega Drive
?F 1141
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? 1141
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas 1141
Sega Mega Drive
$? ?

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Two Crude Dudes, known as Crude Buster (クルードバスター) in Japan, is an arcade action-sidescroller developed by Data East. It was brought to the Sega Mega Drive in 1991.

The soundtrack was ported by Hitoshi Sakimoto. Some sound effects are identical to the ones found in Verytex and Midnight Resistance, games he also worked on.


C jumps, B is for punches and kicks and A is for grabbing objects and enemies. Controls can be remapped in the options screen. The protagonists can throw around rocks, billboards, cars etc. without breaking a sweat. Compared to many other games in the genre, physical attacks have low damage ratings and very poor reach, aside from jump kicks. Therefore throws and and jump kicks should mainly be used, which can be confusing at first.

The game has a total of 6 stages. All enemies must be defeated in order to progress. A boss awaits at the end of each stage.

A vendor machine bonus stage after each regular stage was added. Breaking the machine gives the player and extra life, but little score and just a little life can be replentished. Not breaking the machine but instead drinking as much coke as possible gives score and health, but no extra life

The player may choose from three difficulty levels. On higher difficulty settings, more enemies appear, while damage ratings are unaffected.


Compared to the Arcade version

  • As usual for the era, not all graphics and sound effects (esp. voice samples) could be ported due to space limitations
  • The color palette is brighter and more saturated, some of these changes are due to palette restrictions (e.g. player character and many enemies sharing the same palette), while others (e.g. sky color) seem deliberate.
  • The Sega Mega Drive version has considerable less slowdown than the arcade release
  • Beer cans have been replaced with Cola cans
  • The vendor machine bonus stage is new. It was a fixed cutscene in the Arcade release.
  • The enemy transporter helicopter has been replaced by a flying barge. ROM space restrictions or sprite amount issues could be a reason for this.

Compared to the Japanese version

  • Name change from "Crude Buster" to "Two Crude Dudes", also changed in all cutscenes
  • Possible censorship: A Santa Clause type enemy has been colored purple instead of red, mutant dogs have blue hair now instead of brown.

Region protection

  • The PAL version is not region protected and runs at full speed when forced into 60Hz mode. The game does not however change into "Crude Buster" when setting the console's region to Japan.

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Two Crude Dudes Two Crude Dudes
English (US) Two Crude Dudes Two Crude Dudes
Japanese クルードバスター Crude Buster

Magazine articles

Main article: Two Crude Dudes/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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JP print advert

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ES print advert

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
73 №1992-03, p34[3]
73 №, p83[4]
60 №8, p62/63
89 №126, p28/29[2]
96 №34, p40[1]
61 №5, p86
40 №46
50 №1992-04, p85
85 №8, p92/93
85 №26, p152[5]
85 №3, p78
86 №5, p95
43 №10, p79
80 №1, p65
87 №5, p48/49/50/51
79 №19, p18-20[6]
34 №31, p94
38 №42, p38/39
91 №6, p42[7]
91 №13, p23
89 №18, p68
72 №7, p60/61
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
22 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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TwoCrudeDudes MD US Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, JP
CrudeBuster MD JP Box.jpg
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CrudeBuster MD JP Cart.jpg
Crudebuster md jp manual.pdf