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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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
The Pirates of Dark Water1994SNESSun Corporation2.60
The Death and Return of Superman1994Genesis, SNESSun Corporation of America3.39
Last Action Hero1994AmigaPsygnosis Limited2.50
Alien vs. Predator1994ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.10
Pee & Gity1994DOSSKC Soft Land...
Nekketsu Oyako1994PlayStation, SEGA SaturnTechnosoft Co., Ltd.3.86
Ghost Chaser Densei1994SNESBanpresto Co., Ltd.4.00
Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage1994Genesis, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.27
Xi You Ji1994DOSPanda Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd.3.61
Surf Ninjas1994Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSCapstone Software3.59
Mutant Rampage: Bodyslam1994CD-iPhilips Interactive Media, Inc....
The Tick1994Genesis, SNESFox Interactive, Inc.1.96
Shin Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun: Kunio-tachi no Banka1994SNESTechnos Japan Corp.4.61
Battletoads1994ArcadeElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft2.67
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers1994Game BoyBandai America, Inc.3.08
Kaze Kiri1994TurboGrafx CDNaxat Soft...
Stone Protectors1994SNESKotobuki System Co., Ltd.4.00
Franko: The Crazy Revenge1994Amiga, DOSIQ Publishing2.41
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon1993Genesis, SNESAngel3.10
Lethal Weapon1993Game Boy, NESOcean of America, Inc.2.98
Galaxy Deka Gayvan1993TurboGrafx CDIntec Inc....
Riot Zone1993TurboGrafx CD, WiiHudson Soft Company, Ltd.3.22
Streets of Rage 21993Arcade, Game Gear, Genesis, iPhone, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.94
Double Dragon1993Game GearVirgin Games, Inc.4.08
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Selected Covers

Surf Ninjas Amiga CD32 Front Cover
Front cover for Surf Ninjas

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Last Action Hero
Title Screen
Screenshot from Stone Protectors
Title screen
Screenshot from Battletoads