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.

  • 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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Hook1992ArcadeIrem Corp.3.67
Ninja Baseball Bat Man1993ArcadeIrem America Corp.4.33
Spartan X 21991NESIrem Corp.3.83
Undercover Cops1992Arcade, SNESIrem Corp.4.40
The Peace Keepers1993SNESJaleco USA, Inc.3.11
DJ Boy1989Arcade, GenesisKaneko USA, Ltd.3.53
The Soul1998DOSKOGA3.60
Metamorphic Force1993ArcadeKonami Co., Ltd.3.67
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project1991NESKonami of America, Inc.4.19
Batman Returns1993SNESKonami (America), Inc.4.35
Violent Storm1993ArcadeKonami Co., Ltd.4.50
Astérix1992ArcadeKonami Co., Ltd.4.08
Crime Fighters1989ArcadeKonami Industry Co. Ltd.3.83
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time1991Arcade, SNESKonami, Inc.3.98
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The HyperStone Heist1992GenesisKonami, Inc.3.80
The Adventures of Bayou Billy1988NESKonami, Inc.2.66
X-Men1992Android, Arcade, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.28
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus2004GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.12
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.94
Batman Returns1993NESKonami, Inc.3.51
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles2003Game Boy AdvanceKonami of America, Inc.4.22
The Simpsons1991Arcade, Commodore 64, DOS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami, Inc.3.71
Vendetta1991ArcadeKonami, Inc.3.18
Noitu Love 2: Devolution2008WindowsKonjak3.13
Eojjeonji Joheun Il-i Saenggil Geot Gateun Jeonyeok1997DOSKorea Media Link...
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Selected Covers

Noitu Love 2: Devolution Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Noitu Love 2: Devolution
DJ Boy Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for DJ Boy
Undercover Cops SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Undercover Cops
Batman Returns SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Batman Returns

Selected Screenshots

Introduction sequence explaining the history leading up to the events of the sequel.
Screenshot from Noitu Love 2: Devolution
Screenshot from Vendetta
Title screen
Screenshot from The Soul
Screenshot from Metamorphic Force