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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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Saban's Power Rangers: Time Force2001PlayStationTHQ Inc.1.80
Dynasty Wars1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, TurboGrafx CD, ZX SpectrumCapcom U.S.A., Inc.1.85
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Dynamite Düx1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, SEGA Master System, ZX SpectrumActivision (UK) Limited1.99
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Bruce Lee: Quest of the Dragon2002XboxUniversal Interactive Inc.2.03
Altered Beast: Guardian of the Realms2002Game Boy AdvanceTHQ Inc.2.16
Last Battle1989Amiga, Arcade, Commodore 64, Genesis, WiiElite Systems Ltd.2.20
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker2000Game Boy Color, Nintendo 64, PlayStationUbi Soft Entertainment Software2.22
Surf Ninjas1994Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSCapstone Software2.26
Fist Puncher2013Linux, Macintosh, Ouya, Windows, Xbox 360Adult Swim2.29
Marvel Ultimate Alliance2006Game Boy AdvanceActivision Publishing, Inc.2.30
Freddy Hardest in South Manhattan1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumDinamic Software3.05
X-Men: Mutant Wars2000Game Boy ColorActivision Publishing, Inc.2.33
Riot Zone1993TurboGrafx CD, WiiHudson Soft Company, Ltd.2.67
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon2003Game Boy AdvanceUbi Soft Entertainment Software2.33
Toxic Crusaders1992GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.36
My Hero1985Arcade, SEGA Master SystemSEGA of America, Inc.2.38
Renegade III: The Final Chapter1989Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MSX, ZX SpectrumImagine Software2.83
Wolverine: Adamantium Rage1994SNESLJN, Ltd.2.39
Last Action Hero1994AmigaPsygnosis Limited2.39
Running Battle1991SEGA Master SystemSEGA Enterprises Ltd.2.40
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Selected Covers

Riot Zone Wii Front Cover
Front cover for Riot Zone
Fist Puncher Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Fist Puncher

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Riot Zone
Title screen
Screenshot from Surf Ninjas