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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Venom • Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety1995Genesis, SNES, WindowsAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.45
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones1991NES, Wii UAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.48
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Dynamite Cop!1999Arcade, DreamcastSEGA of America, Inc.3.51
Batman Returns1993NESKonami, Inc.3.51
Burning Fight1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.3.51
Mighty Final Fight1993NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.52
Final Fight 21993SNES, Wii, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.52
Battletoads in Battlemaniacs1993SEGA Master System, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.53
Sengoku 32001Arcade, Browser, Linux, Macintosh, Neo Geo, Wii, WindowsD4 Enterprise, Inc.3.53
DJ Boy1989Arcade, GenesisKaneko USA, Ltd.3.53
Altered Beast2005PlayStation 2SEGA Europe Ltd....
Pee & Gity Special1994DOSFamily Production...
Golden Axe1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, iPhone, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Windows, WonderSwan Color, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumSEGA Corporation3.58
Kishin Dōji Zenki FX: Vajra Fight1995PC-FXHudson Soft Company, Ltd....
Surf Ninjas1994Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSCapstone Software3.59
Marvel Super Heroes in War of the Gems1996SNESCapcom Co., Ltd....
The Soul1998DOSKOGA...
Xi You Ji1994DOSPanda Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd.3.61
Guardians of the 'Hood1992ArcadeAtari Games Corporation...
Jackie Chan Adventures: Legend of the Dark Hand2001Game Boy AdvanceActivision Publishing, Inc.3.62
Night Slashers1993ArcadeData East Corporation...
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995Game BoyBandai America, Inc.3.64
Battletoads1991Game BoyTradewest, Inc.3.64
Rock Zombie2014Wii U, Windows, Xbox OneEnjoyUp Games S.L....
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Selected Covers

Batman Returns NES Front Cover
Front cover for Batman Returns
Golden Axe Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Golden Axe
Xi You Ji DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Xi You Ji
Rock Zombie Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Rock Zombie

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Guardians of the 'Hood
Screenshot from Batman Returns
Title screen
Screenshot from The Soul
Screenshot from Night Slashers
Screenshot from D. D. Crew
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