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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 descending orderPublisherMobyScore
Minutemen2009Browser2.58
Little Fighter1995DOS3.17
Little Fighter 22002Windows4.00
Anett Futatabi1993SEGA CDWolf Team3.27
Gourmet Sentai: Bara Yarou1995SNESVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Japan), Inc.4.00
Karate Blazers1991ArcadeVideo System Co., Ltd.2.40
Streets of Rage 21993Arcade, Game Gear, Genesis, iPhone, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.88
Bruce Lee: Quest of the Dragon2002XboxUniversal Interactive Inc.2.03
Advance Guardian Heroes2004Game Boy AdvanceUbisoft, Inc.3.13
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon2003Game Boy AdvanceUbi Soft Entertainment Software2.33
TMNT2007Game Boy AdvanceUbisoft, Inc.3.94
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker2000Game Boy Color, Nintendo 64, PlayStationUbi Soft Entertainment Software2.22
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game2010PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Ubisoft Entertainment SA3.69
Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team1993Game Boy, Genesis, NES, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.75
Battletoads1991Game BoyTradewest, Inc.3.61
Super Double Dragon1992SNESTradewest, Inc.3.89
Lucifer Ring1998PlayStationToshiba-EMI Ltd....
Knight of Knights2002WindowsTomoshibi3.92
City Adventure Touch: Mystery of Triangle1987NESToho Cinefile-Soft Library...
Hokuto no Ken1986NESToei Animation Co., Ltd.1.17
Wild Streets1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumTitus Software Corporation2.51
The Ninja Warriors1994SNESTaito Corporation3.92
WWF Betrayal2001Game Boy ColorTHQ Inc.4.00
Altered Beast: Guardian of the Realms2002Game Boy AdvanceTHQ Inc.2.16
Saban's Power Rangers: Time Force2001PlayStationTHQ Inc.1.80
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Selected Covers

Streets of Rage 2 Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Streets of Rage 2
TMNT Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for TMNT

Selected Screenshots

Title screen / Main menu.
Screenshot from The Ninja Warriors
Title Screen
Screenshot from Streets of Rage 2
From the intro
Screenshot from Anett Futatabi
Title Screen.
Screenshot from Karate Blazers