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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
Altered Beast2005PlayStation 2SEGA Europe Ltd.3.55
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 Corporation3.55
Batman Returns1993NESKonami, Inc.3.57
Bad Dudes1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, Zeebo, ZX SpectrumData East USA, Inc.3.58
Mighty Final Fight1993NES, Nintendo 3DSCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.58
Kishin Dōji Zenki FX: Vajra Fight1995PC-FXHudson Soft Company, Ltd.3.58
Spider-Man: The Videogame1991ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.60
Battletoads1991Game BoyTradewest, Inc.3.61
The Simpsons1991Arcade, Commodore 64, DOS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami, Inc.3.62
Streets of Rage 31994Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.66
Hook1992ArcadeIrem Corp.3.67
Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki da yo - Zenin Shūgō!1991Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, WiiArc System Works Co., Ltd.3.67
Metamorphic Force1993ArcadeKonami Co., Ltd.3.67
Streets of Rage Remake2006WindowsBoMbErGaMeS3.67
The Combatribes1990Arcade, SNES, WiiAksys Games Localization, Inc.3.68
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game2010PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Ubisoft Entertainment SA3.69
Double Dragon EX2005J2MEBandai America, Inc.3.69
Xi You Ji1994DOSPanda Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd.3.70
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumImage Works3.70
X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse1994SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.71
Comar Barbarian2001WindowsTechland Soft3.71
Knights of the Round1991Arcade, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.72
Final Fight1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Game Boy Advance, iPhone, SEGA CD, Sharp X68000, SNES, Wii, Wii U, ZX SpectrumCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.72
Golden Axe III1993Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.72
X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse2001Game Boy AdvanceActivision Publishing, Inc.3.73
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Selected Covers

X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse SNES Front Cover
Front cover for X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse
Intro
Screenshot from Metamorphic Force