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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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Fist Puncher2013Linux, Macintosh, Ouya, Windows, Xbox 360Adult Swim2.29
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Brawlin' Sailor2013BrowserMajor Bueno3.40
Double Dragon Neon2012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Majesco Entertainment Company2.71
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game2010PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Ubisoft Entertainment SA3.69
MadWorld2009WiiSEGA of America, Inc.4.13
Double Dragon2009ZeeboTectoy S.A.2.91
Minutemen2009Browser2.58
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TMNT2007Game Boy AdvanceUbisoft, Inc.3.94
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Double Dragon EX2005J2MEBandai America, Inc.3.69
Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks2005PlayStation 2, XboxMidway Games, Inc.3.53
Altered Beast2005PlayStation 2SEGA Europe Ltd.3.55
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Advance Guardian Heroes2004Game Boy AdvanceUbisoft, Inc.3.13
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Selected Covers

Bare Knuckle Mobile DoJa Front Cover
Front cover for Bare Knuckle Mobile
Fist Puncher Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Fist Puncher
Double Dragon Zeebo Front Cover
Front cover for Double Dragon

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Double Dragon
Inside the diner where the arcade machine can be found.
Screenshot from Minutemen
Language selection
Screenshot from X-Men: The Official Game
Title screen (2006 version)
Screenshot from Streets of Rage Remake