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.

  • 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
B.Rap Boys1992ArcadeKaneko Co., Ltd....
X-Men1992Android, Arcade, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.27
Shodai: Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun1992SNESTechnos Japan Corp....
Arabian Fight1992ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.2.89
Toxic Crusaders1992NESBandai America, Inc....
Rival Turf1992SNES, Wii, Wii UHAMSTER Corporation3.37
Silent Dragon1992ArcadeTaito Corporation...
Astérix1992ArcadeKonami Co., Ltd....
Hook1992ArcadeIrem Corp....
Arabian Magic1992ArcadeTaito America Corporation...
Warrior Blade: Rastan Saga Episode III 1992ArcadeTaito Corporation...
Guardians of the 'Hood1992ArcadeAtari Games Corporation...
Batman Returns1993SNESKonami (America), Inc.4.34
Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team1993Game Boy, Genesis, NES, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.75
Streets of Rage 21993Arcade, Game Gear, Genesis, iPhone, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.91
Golden Axe III1993Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.74
Final Fight 21993SNES, Wii, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.52
Battletoads in Battlemaniacs1993SEGA Master System, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.53
Mighty Final Fight1993NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.55
Splatterhouse 31993GenesisNamco Hometek Inc.3.78
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon1993Genesis, SNESAngel3.10
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon R1993SNESBandai Co., Ltd....
Alien Vs. Predator1993SNESActivision, Inc.2.75
The Peace Keepers1993SNESJaleco USA, Inc....
The Punisher1993Arcade, GenesisCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.92
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Selected Covers

Final Fight 2 SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Final Fight 2
Splatterhouse 3 Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Splatterhouse 3
X-Men Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for X-Men
Streets of Rage 2 Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Streets of Rage 2

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Final Fight 2
Title screen
Screenshot from Splatterhouse 3
Title screen (shown before any coins are inserted)
Screenshot from Hook
Title Screen
Screenshot from Guardians of the 'Hood
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