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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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Bare Knuckle Mobile2008DoJaSEGA Corporation...
Dragon Sisters2007PlayStation 2Essential Games...
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Arabian Magic1992ArcadeTaito America Corporation...
Lucifer Ring1998PlayStationToshiba-EMI Ltd....
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft...
Guilty Gear Judgment2006PSPArc System Works Co., Ltd....
Mutant Rampage: Bodyslam1994CD-iPhilips Interactive Media, Inc....
City Adventure Touch: Mystery of Triangle1987NESToho Cinefile-Soft Library...
Great Legends: Vikings2007BREW, J2MEGlobalFun AB...
Mad Stalker: Full Metal Force1994FM Towns, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CDFamily Soft Co., Ltd....
Kaze Kiri1994TurboGrafx CDNaxat Soft...
Darkside Story1995DOSSKC Soft Land...
Py & Gity 2: The Industrial Age1996DOSHyundai...
Pee & Gity1994DOSSKC Soft Land...
Janggun-ui Adeul1992SEGA Master SystemDaou Infosys Corp....
Her Knights: All for the Princess2002GP32Byulbram Creature...
Eojjeonji Joheun Il-i Saenggil Geot Gateun Jeonyeok1997DOSKorea Media Link...
Deadly Strike2004PlayStation 2D3Publisher Inc....
Renny Blaster1995TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd....
Galaxy Deka Gayvan1993TurboGrafx CDIntec Inc....
Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai1990Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, TurboGrafx CD, WiiArc System Works Co., Ltd.5.00
Edge1993PC-98Technical Group Laboratory, Inc.5.00
Dungeons & Dragons Collection1999SEGA SaturnCapcom Co., Ltd.5.00
Shin Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun: Kunio-tachi no Banka1994SNESTechnos Japan Corp.5.00
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Selected Covers

Bare Knuckle Mobile DoJa Front Cover
Front cover for Bare Knuckle Mobile
Great Legends: Vikings J2ME Front Cover
Front cover for Great Legends: Vikings

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Renny Blaster
Introducing one of the characters
Screenshot from Crime City
Title screen
Screenshot from Kaze Kiri