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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 Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Pee & Gity1994DOSSKC Soft Land...
Stone Protectors1994SNESKotobuki System Co., Ltd.4.00
Wolverine: Adamantium Rage1994SNESLJN, Ltd.2.39
Last Action Hero1994AmigaPsygnosis Limited2.38
The Tick1994Genesis, SNESFox Interactive, Inc.1.96
Xi You Ji1994DOSPanda Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd.3.70
Ghost Chaser Densei1994SNESBanpresto Co., Ltd.4.00
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers1994Game BoyBandai America, Inc.3.08
Franko: The Crazy Revenge1994Amiga, DOSIQ Publishing2.41
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft2.67
The Ninja Warriors1994SNESTaito Corporation3.92
Sonic Blast Man II1994SNESTaito America Corporation4.20
Mutant Rampage: Bodyslam1994CD-iPhilips Interactive Media, Inc....
Surf Ninjas1994Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSCapstone Software3.59
Shin Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun: Kunio-tachi no Banka1994SNESTechnos Japan Corp.4.61
Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage1994Genesis, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.27
Riot Zone1993TurboGrafx CD, WiiHudson Soft Company, Ltd.2.67
Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team1993Game Boy, Genesis, NES, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.74
Streets of Rage 21993Arcade, Game Gear, Genesis, iPhone, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.94
Golden Axe III1993Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.72
Final Fight 21993SNES, Wii, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.52
Battletoads in Battlemaniacs1993SEGA Master System, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.52
Mighty Final Fight1993NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.52
Splatterhouse 31993GenesisNamco Hometek Inc.3.77
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon1993Genesis, SNESAngel3.10
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Selected Covers

Final Fight 2 SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Final Fight 2
Mutant Rampage: Bodyslam CD-i Front Cover
Front cover for Mutant Rampage: Bodyslam
Golden Axe III Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Golden Axe III

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Pee & Gity
Title screen
Screenshot from Final Fight 2
Selecting scenario for one-on-one mode
Screenshot from Golden Axe III
Title Screen
Screenshot from Stone Protectors