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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
Alien vs. Predator1994ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.10
Shin Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun: Kunio-tachi no Banka1994SNESTechnos Japan Corp.4.61
Pee & Gity Special1994DOSFamily Production4.40
The Pirates of Dark Water1994SNESSun Corporation2.60
Battletoads1994ArcadeElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage1994Genesis, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.27
The Death and Return of Superman1994Genesis, SNESSun Corporation of America3.39
Last Action Hero1994AmigaPsygnosis Limited2.38
Surf Ninjas1994Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSCapstone Software3.59
The Tick1994Genesis, SNESFox Interactive, Inc.1.96
Xi You Ji1994DOSPanda Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd.3.70
Ghost Chaser Densei1994SNESBanpresto Co., Ltd.4.00
Pee & Gity1994DOSSKC Soft Land...
Kaze Kiri1994TurboGrafx CDNaxat Soft...
Mad Stalker: Full Metal Force1994FM Towns, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CDFamily Soft Co., Ltd....
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft2.67
Cosmo Police Galivan II: Arrow of Justice1993SNESNihon Bussan Co., Ltd.2.50
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon1993Genesis, SNESAngel3.10
Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom1993ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.56
Anett Futatabi1993SEGA CDWolf Team3.71
Double Dragon1993Game GearVirgin Games, Inc.5.00
Splatterhouse 31993GenesisNamco Hometek Inc.3.77
Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team1993Game Boy, Genesis, NES, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.76
Violent Storm1993ArcadeKonami Co., Ltd.4.50
Metamorphic Force1993ArcadeKonami Co., Ltd.3.67
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Selected Covers

Ghost Chaser Densei SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Ghost Chaser Densei
Surf Ninjas Amiga CD32 Front Cover
Front cover for Surf Ninjas

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Alien vs. Predator
Title screen
Screenshot from Battletoads