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Genre: Beat 'em up / Brawler

Group Description

Beat 'em ups, also known as Brawlers, are action games revolving around melee combat between the protagonist and a number of enemies. The distinction between beat 'em ups and fighting games in the narrow sense of the word is the number of opponents (beat 'em ups rarely feature one-on-one fighting) and the protagonist's ability to move through a level (stage) rather than being confined to one screen.

Traditional beat em ups are side-scrolling 2D games; typically, gameplay mechanics in those games are quite simple, consisting of the protagonist slowly making his way through a large number of enemies. In many brawlers the protagonist is unable to proceed until he has cleared a small portion of the stage of the enemies.

In many of these games, the protagonist has the ability to freely move on the horizontal plane (i.e. move "into the screen"). Such brawlers were often referred to as "3D beat 'em ups". However, with the advent of real-time 3D graphics, the term "3D beat em up" began to refer to brawlers set in a 3D environment.

Limitations:
  • Versus fighting games in which the participants are confined to a small stage usually composed of one screen should not be included in this group.
  • Games in which protagonists use ranged weapons, guns, magic, and other non-melee alternatives to deal with the enemies, and/or heavily rely on bladed weapons (swords, etc.) should be excluded as well. Use your judgment: if you don't have a feeling that you are actually beating up your opponents, the game in question probably shouldn't belong here.
  • Games that focus on platform-style gameplay (jumping, avoiding hazards, etc.) are not allowed.
  • Only games that are predominantly brawlers should be included. For the sake of clarity, hybrid games that merge beat 'em up gameplay with other genres (such as Yakuza games) should not be accepted, unless the brawling gameplay is clearly dominant.


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Alien Vs. Predator1993SNESActivision, Inc.2.48
Altered Beast1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, iPhone, MSX, NES, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx-16, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360, Zodiac, ZX SpectrumActivision, Inc.3.17
Altered Beast2005PlayStation 2SEGA Europe Ltd.3.55
Altered Beast: Guardian of the Realms2002Game Boy AdvanceTHQ Inc.2.16
Ane-san1995TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd.2.75
Anett Futatabi1993SEGA CDWolf Team3.27
Arabian Fight1992ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.2.52
Bad Dudes1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, Zeebo, ZX SpectrumData East USA, Inc.3.59
Bad Street Brawler1987Amiga, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, ZX SpectrumMattel Electronics3.35
Bare Knuckle Mobile2008DoJaSEGA Corporation...
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker2000Game Boy Color, Nintendo 64, PlayStationUbi Soft Entertainment Software2.62
Batman Forever1996Arcade, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnAcclaim Coin-Operated Entertainment, Inc.3.00
Batman Forever1995DOS, Genesis, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.2.63
Batman Forever1995Game Boy, Game GearAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.2.62
Batman Returns1992LynxAtari Corporation2.61
Batman Returns1993SNESKonami (America), Inc.4.28
Batman Returns1993NESKonami, Inc.3.57
Battle Circuit1997ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.10
Battletoads1991Amiga, Amiga CD32, Game Gear, Genesis, NESTradewest, Inc.3.90
Battletoads1994ArcadeElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Battletoads1991Game BoyTradewest, Inc.3.61
Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team1993Game Boy, Genesis, NES, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.73
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Selected Covers

Batman Forever DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Batman Forever
Advance Guardian Heroes Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Advance Guardian Heroes
Bare Knuckle Mobile DoJa Front Cover
Front cover for Bare Knuckle Mobile

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Batman Forever
Splash screen
Screenshot from Batman Returns
Title screen
Screenshot from Advance Guardian Heroes
Title screen
Screenshot from Ane-san