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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
Battletoads1994ArcadeElectronic Arts, Inc.4.17
Surf Ninjas1994Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSCapstone Software2.26
Pee & Gity Special1994DOSFamily Production4.40
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers1994Game BoyBandai America, Inc.4.00
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft...
Mutant Rampage: Bodyslam1994CD-iPhilips Interactive Media, Inc....
Streets of Rage 21993Arcade, Game Gear, Genesis, iPhone, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.88
The Peace Keepers1993SNESJaleco USA, Inc.3.11
The Punisher1993Arcade, GenesisCapcom U.S.A., Inc.4.11
Lethal Weapon1993Game Boy, NESOcean of America, Inc.3.26
Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team1993Game Boy, Genesis, NES, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.75
Golden Axe III1993Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.72
Edge1993PC-98Technical Group Laboratory, Inc.5.00
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs1993ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.10
Cosmo Police Galivan II: Arrow of Justice1993SNESNihon Bussan Co., Ltd.2.50
Riot Zone1993TurboGrafx CD, WiiHudson Soft Company, Ltd.2.67
Batman Returns1993NESKonami, Inc.3.57
Anett Futatabi1993SEGA CDWolf Team3.27
Battletoads in Battlemaniacs1993SEGA Master System, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.35
Galaxy Deka Gayvan1993TurboGrafx CDIntec Inc....
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon R1993SNESBandai Co., Ltd.4.50
Alien Vs. Predator1993SNESActivision, Inc.2.48
Splatterhouse 31993GenesisNamco Hometek Inc.3.86
Mighty Final Fight1993NES, Nintendo 3DSCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.58
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon1993Genesis, SNESAngel3.10
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Selected Covers

Riot Zone Wii Front Cover
Front cover for Riot Zone
Mighty Final Fight NES Front Cover
Front cover for Mighty Final Fight

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Riot Zone
From the intro
Screenshot from Anett Futatabi