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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Xi You Ji1994DOSPanda Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd.3.61
Shin Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun: Kunio-tachi no Banka1994SNESTechnos Japan Corp.4.61
Mutant Rampage: Bodyslam1994CD-iPhilips Interactive Media, Inc....
X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse1994SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.71
Pee & Gity Special1994DOSFamily Production4.40
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft2.67
Pee & Gity1994DOSSKC Soft Land...
Nekketsu Oyako1994PlayStation, SEGA SaturnTechnosoft Co., Ltd.4.00
Ghost Chaser Densei1994SNESBanpresto Co., Ltd.4.00
Surf Ninjas1994Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSCapstone Software3.59
Mad Stalker: Full Metal Force1994FM Towns, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CDFamily Soft Co., Ltd....
Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage1994Genesis, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.27
Wolverine: Adamantium Rage1994SNESLJN, Ltd.2.39
Stone Protectors1994SNESKotobuki System Co., Ltd.4.00
Alien vs. Predator1994ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.10
The Death and Return of Superman1994Genesis, SNESSun Corporation of America3.39
Kaze Kiri1994TurboGrafx CDNaxat Soft...
Batman Returns1993NESKonami, Inc.3.51
Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team1993Game Boy, Genesis, NES, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.76
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.3.50
Battletoads in Battlemaniacs1993SEGA Master System, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.53
Mighty Final Fight1993NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.52
Splatterhouse 31993GenesisNamco Hometek Inc.3.77
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Selected Covers

Batman Returns NES Front Cover
Front cover for Batman Returns
Streets of Rage 2 Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Streets of Rage 2

Selected Screenshots

Intro
Screenshot from Batman Returns
Title Screen
Screenshot from Streets of Rage 2