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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in descending orderMobyScore
Bare Knuckle Mobile2008DoJaSEGA Corporation...
Crime City1989ArcadeTaito Corporation...
City Adventure Touch: Mystery of Triangle1987NESToho Cinefile-Soft Library...
The Ninja Kids1990ArcadeTaito Corporation...
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft...
Janggun-ui Adeul1992SEGA Master SystemDaou Infosys Corp....
Her Knights: All for the Princess2002GP32Byulbram Creature...
Lucifer Ring1998PlayStationToshiba-EMI Ltd....
Arabian Magic1992ArcadeTaito America Corporation...
Guilty Gear Judgment2006PSPArc System Works Co., Ltd....
Eojjeonji Joheun Il-i Saenggil Geot Gateun Jeonyeok1997DOSKorea Media Link...
Renny Blaster1995TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd....
Galaxy Deka Gayvan1993TurboGrafx CDIntec Inc....
Deadly Strike2004PlayStation 2D3Publisher Inc....
Darkside Story1995DOSSKC Soft Land...
Kaze Kiri1994TurboGrafx CDNaxat Soft...
Mad Stalker: Full Metal Force1994FM Towns, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CDFamily Soft Co., Ltd....
Pee & Gity1994DOSSKC Soft Land...
Dragon Sisters2005PlayStation 2D3Publisher Inc....
Mutant Rampage: Bodyslam1994CD-iPhilips Interactive Media, Inc....
Great Legends: Vikings2007BREW, J2MEGlobalFun AB...
Py & Gity 2: The Industrial Age1996DOSHyundai...
Edge1993PC-98Technical Group Laboratory, Inc.5.00
Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai1990Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, TurboGrafx CD, WiiArc System Works Co., Ltd.5.00
Dungeons & Dragons Collection1999SEGA SaturnCapcom Co., Ltd.5.00
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Selected Covers

Bare Knuckle Mobile DoJa Front Cover
Front cover for Bare Knuckle Mobile
Deadly Strike PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Deadly Strike
Great Legends: Vikings J2ME Front Cover
Front cover for Great Legends: Vikings

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Darkside Story
Title screen
Screenshot from Galaxy Deka Gayvan
Story
Screenshot from The Ninja Kids