User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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
The Tick1994Genesis, SNESFox Interactive, Inc.1.89
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft2.67
Battletoads1994ArcadeElectronic Arts, Inc.3.72
Nekketsu Oyako1994PlayStation, SEGA SaturnTechnosoft Co., Ltd.4.00
Xi You Ji1994DOSPanda Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd.3.70
Mad Stalker: Full Metal Force1994FM Towns, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CDFamily Soft Co., Ltd....
Franko: The Crazy Revenge1994Amiga, DOSIQ Publishing2.41
X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse1994SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.71
The Ninja Warriors1994SNESTaito Corporation3.92
Streets of Rage 31994Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.66
Last Action Hero1994AmigaPsygnosis Limited2.39
Sonic Blast Man II1994SNESTaito America Corporation4.20
Battletoads in Battlemaniacs1993SEGA Master System, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.35
Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team1993Game Boy, Genesis, NES, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.70
Ninja Baseball Bat Man1993ArcadeIrem America Corp.4.33
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon1993Genesis, SNESAngel3.10
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon R1993SNESBandai Co., Ltd.4.50
Violent Storm1993ArcadeKonami Co., Ltd.4.50
Alien Vs. Predator1993SNESActivision, Inc.2.47
Mighty Final Fight1993NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.52
Batman Returns1993SNESKonami (America), Inc.4.32
Splatterhouse 31993GenesisNamco Hometek Inc.3.86
Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom1993ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.56
Final Fight 21993SNES, Wii, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.50
Golden Axe III1993Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.72
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Selected Covers

Final Fight 2 SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Final Fight 2
Streets of Rage 3 Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Streets of Rage 3
Splatterhouse 3 Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Splatterhouse 3

Selected Screenshots

Heroes
Screenshot from Violent Storm
Title screen
Screenshot from Ninja Baseball Bat Man
Title screen
Screenshot from Final Fight 2
Dr. Zan electrocutes Zack
Screenshot from Streets of Rage 3
Title screen
Screenshot from Splatterhouse 3