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.

  • 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 descending orderPublisherUser Score
Little Fighter1995DOS3.17
Golden Axe Myth2011Windows4.33
Little Fighter 22002Windows4.00
Gekido Advance: Kintaro's Revenge2003Game Boy AdvanceZOO Digital Publishing Ltd3.83
Anett Futatabi1993SEGA CDWolf Team3.71
Gourmet Sentai: Bara Yarou1995SNESVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Japan), Inc.4.00
Double Dragon II: The Revenge1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Game Boy, Genesis, MSX, NES, Nintendo 3DS, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Wii U, ZX SpectrumAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.68
Motörhead1992Amiga, Atari STVirgin Games, Inc.2.68
Double Dragon1993Game GearVirgin Games, Inc.4.08
Karate Blazers1991ArcadeVideo System Co., Ltd.2.40
Bruce Lee: Quest of the Dragon2002XboxUniversal Interactive Inc.2.03
Advance Guardian Heroes2004Game Boy AdvanceUbisoft, Inc.3.13
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game2010PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Ubisoft Entertainment SA3.69
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon2003Game Boy AdvanceUbi Soft Entertainment Software2.33
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker2000Game Boy Color, Nintendo 64, PlayStationUbi Soft Entertainment Software2.22
TMNT2007Game Boy AdvanceUbisoft, Inc.3.94
Battletoads1991Game BoyTradewest, Inc.3.61
Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team1993Game Boy, Genesis, NES, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.76
Super Double Dragon1992SNESTradewest, Inc.3.92
Lucifer Ring1998PlayStationToshiba-EMI Ltd....
Knight of Knights2002WindowsTomoshibi3.92
City Adventure Touch: Mystery of Triangle1987NESToho Cinefile-Soft Library5.00
Hokuto no Ken1986NESToei Animation Co., Ltd.1.42
Wild Streets1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumTitus Software Corporation2.51
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Selected Covers

Hokuto no Ken NES Front Cover
Front cover for Hokuto no Ken
Advance Guardian Heroes Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Advance Guardian Heroes

Selected Screenshots

Screenshot from Little Fighter 2
Title screen
Screenshot from Hokuto no Ken