Group DescriptionBeat '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.
|Game Title||Year||Platform||Publisher||User Score|
|Kung-Fu Master||1984||Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Commodore 64, NES, ZX Spectrum||Absolute Entertainment, Inc.||3.31|
|Karateka||1984||Amstrad CPC, Android, Apple II, Atari 7800, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, iPad, iPhone, MSX, NES, Palm OS, PC-98, ZX Spectrum||Atari Corporation||3.73|
|My Hero||1985||Arcade, SEGA Master System||SEGA of America, Inc.||2.47|
|Hokuto no Ken||1986||NES||Toei Animation Co., Ltd.||...|
|Hokuto no Ken||1986||SEGA Master System, Wii||SEGA Enterprises Ltd.||...|
|Renegade||1986||Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 4, SEGA Master System, Thomson MO, Wii, Wii U, ZX Spectrum||Aksys Games Localization, Inc.||3.20|
|Black Belt||1986||SEGA Master System||SEGA of America, Inc.||3.08|
|Thundercats||1987||Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum||Elite Systems Ltd.||3.29|
|Bad Street Brawler||1987||Commodore 64, DOS, NES, ZX Spectrum||Mattel Electronics||3.27|
|City Adventure Touch: Mystery of Triangle||1987||NES||Toho Cinefile-Soft Library||...|
|Double Dragon||1987||Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Genesis, Lynx, MSX, NES, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 4, SEGA Master System, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, ZX Spectrum||Activision, Inc.||3.80|
|Double Dragon II: The Revenge||1988||Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Game Boy, Genesis, MSX, NES, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 4, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Wii U, ZX Spectrum||Acclaim Entertainment, Inc.||3.69|
|Vigilante||1988||Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MSX, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx-16, Wii, Wii U, ZX Spectrum||Data East USA, Inc.||3.44|
|Takeda Shingen||1988||Arcade||Jaleco Ltd.||...|
|Operation: Cleanstreets||1988||Amiga, Atari ST, DOS||Brøderbund Software, Inc.||2.91|
|Altered Beast||1988||Amiga, 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 Spectrum||Activision, Inc.||3.20|
|P.O.W.: Prisoners of War||1988||Arcade, NES, PlayStation 3, PSP, Windows||SNK Corporation of America||3.82|
|Target: Renegade||1988||Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, NES, ZX Spectrum||Taito America Corporation||3.05|
|Bad Dudes||1988||Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, Zeebo, ZX Spectrum||Data East USA, Inc.||3.74|
|The Adventures of Bayou Billy||1988||NES, Wii U||Konami, Inc.||2.62|
|Golden Axe||1989||Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, iPhone, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Windows, WonderSwan Color, Xbox 360, ZX Spectrum||SEGA Corporation||3.58|
|Ninja Gaiden||1989||Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Lynx, Wii, ZX Spectrum||Atari Corporation||2.85|
|Dynamite Düx||1989||Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, SEGA Master System, ZX Spectrum||Activision (UK) Limited||2.27|
|Last Battle||1989||Amiga, Arcade, Commodore 64, Genesis, Wii||Elite Systems Ltd.||2.23|
Game group created by Oleg Roschin
(174053), additional games added to group by Trypticon
(7763), Patrick Bregger
(81), Victor Vance
(36662), Scott Mowry
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