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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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995SNESBandai America, Inc....
Darkside Story1995DOSSKC Soft Land...
X-Perts1995GenesisDeep Water2.07
Renny Blaster1995TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd....
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.3.10
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Batman Forever1995DOS, Genesis, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.2.85
Kishin Dōji Zenki FX: Vajra Fight1995PC-FXHudson Soft Company, Ltd....
Kaze Kiri1994TurboGrafx CDNaxat Soft...
Shin Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun: Kunio-tachi no Banka1994SNESTechnos Japan Corp....
Surf Ninjas1994Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSCapstone Software3.59
Mad Stalker: Full Metal Force1994FM Towns, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CDFamily Soft Co., Ltd....
Nekketsu Oyako1994PlayStation, SEGA SaturnTechnosoft Co., Ltd....
The Pirates of Dark Water1994SNESSun Corporation...
Alien vs. Predator1994ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.10
Wolverine: Adamantium Rage1994SNESLJN, Ltd.2.39
Battletoads1994ArcadeElectronic Arts, Inc.3.97
Stone Protectors1994SNESKotobuki System Co., Ltd....
Last Action Hero1994AmigaPsygnosis Limited2.50
X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse1994SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.71
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft...
Streets of Rage 31994Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.93
Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage1994Genesis, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.29
The Death and Return of Superman1994Genesis, SNESSun Corporation of America3.32
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Selected Covers

X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse SNES Front Cover
Front cover for X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Darkside Story
Main menu
Screenshot from X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse
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