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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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Game TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherMobyScore
Batman Forever1996Arcade, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnAcclaim Coin-Operated Entertainment, Inc.3.00
Venom • Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety1995Genesis, SNES, WindowsAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.45
The Fantastic Four1997PlayStationAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.93
Batman Forever1995Game Boy, Game GearAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.2.62
Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage1994Genesis, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.23
Batman Forever1995DOS, Genesis, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.2.63
X-Men: Mutant Wars2000Game Boy ColorActivision Publishing, Inc.2.33
Alien Vs. Predator1993SNESActivision, Inc.2.48
X-Men: The Official Game2006Game Boy AdvanceActivision Publishing, Inc....
Jackie Chan Adventures: Legend of the Dark Hand2001Game Boy AdvanceActivision Publishing, Inc.3.53
Marvel Ultimate Alliance2006Game Boy AdvanceActivision Publishing, Inc.2.30
X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse2001Game Boy AdvanceActivision Publishing, Inc.3.73
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon1993Genesis, SNESAngel3.17
River City Ransom1989Game Boy Advance, NES, Nintendo 3DS, TurboGrafx CD, WiiAksys Games Localization, Inc.4.01
Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki da yo - Zenin Shūgō!1991Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DSArc System Works Co., Ltd.3.89
Double Dragon1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Genesis, Lynx, MSX, NES, Nintendo 3DS, SEGA Master System, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumActivision, Inc.3.75
Double Dragon II: The Revenge1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Game Boy, Genesis, MSX, NES, Nintendo 3DS, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, ZX SpectrumAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.44
Renegade1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, Nintendo 3DS, SEGA Master System, Wii, Wii U, ZX SpectrumAksys Games Localization, Inc.3.32
Guilty Gear Judgment2006PSPArc System Works Co., Ltd....
Crash 'N the Boys: Street Challenge1992Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, WiiAksys Games Localization, Inc.4.50
Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai1990Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, TurboGrafx CD, WiiArc System Works Co., Ltd.5.00
Karateka1984Amstrad CPC, Android, Apple II, Atari 7800, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, iPad, iPhone, MSX, NES, PC-98, ZX SpectrumAtari Corporation3.77
Batman Returns1992LynxAtari Corporation2.61
Dragon Ball GT: Transformation2005Game Boy AdvanceAtari, Inc.4.06
Lethal Weapon1993Game Boy, NESOcean of America, Inc.3.26
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Selected Covers

Batman Forever PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Batman Forever
Alien Vs. Predator SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Alien Vs. Predator
Double Dragon DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Double Dragon

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Batman Forever
Intro
Screenshot from Alien Vs. Predator
Title screen
Screenshot from Double Dragon
Title screen
Screenshot from Marvel Ultimate Alliance