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 Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Shodai: Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun1992SNESTechnos Japan Corp....
Big Fight1992ArcadeTatsumi Electronics Co., Ltd....
Toxic Crusaders1992GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.33
Crash 'n' the Boys: Street Challenge1992Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UAksys Games Localization, Inc.4.28
Arabian Fight1992ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.2.89
Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder1992ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.4.17
Riot1992Atari 8-bitDomain Software...
Batman Returns1992LynxAtari Corporation2.65
Motörhead1992Amiga, Atari STVirgin Games, Inc.2.68
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist1992GenesisKonami, Inc.3.85
B.Rap Boys1992ArcadeKaneko Co., Ltd....
Silent Dragon1992ArcadeTaito America Corporation...
Cyborg Justice1993GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.83
Lethal Weapon1993Game Boy, NESOcean of America, Inc.2.88
Knuckle Bash1993ArcadeToaplan Co., Ltd....
Battletoads / Double Dragon1993Game Boy, Genesis, NES, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.74
Riot Zone1993TurboGrafx CD, WiiHudson Soft Company, Ltd....
Streets of Rage 21993Arcade, Game Gear, Genesis, iPhone, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.91
Final Fight 21993SNES, Wii, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.52
Splatterhouse 31993GenesisNamco Hometek Inc.3.76
Shadow Force1993ArcadeTechnos Japan Corp....
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs1993ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.30
Night Slashers1993ArcadeData East Corporation3.67
Mighty Final Fight1993NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.55
Battletoads in Battlemaniacs1993SEGA Master System, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.53
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Selected Covers

Mighty Final Fight NES Front Cover
Front cover for Mighty Final Fight
Riot Zone Wii Front Cover
Front cover for Riot Zone
Lethal Weapon NES Front Cover
Front cover for Lethal Weapon

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Mighty Final Fight
Without his fellow band members, Lemmy is forced to play the concert alone.
Screenshot from Motörhead
Title Screen.
Screenshot from Arabian Fight
Title screen
Screenshot from Riot Zone
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