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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64th. Street: A Detective Story1991Arcade, iPhoneDotEmu SAS3.32
Kung-Fu Master1984Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Commodore 64, NES, ZX SpectrumAbsolute Entertainment, Inc.3.32
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The Death and Return of Superman1994Genesis, SNESSun Corporation of America3.37
Rival Turf1992SNES, Wii, Wii UHAMSTER Corporation3.37
Spider-Man / Venom: Maximum Carnage1994Genesis, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.39
Brawlin' Sailor2013BrowserMajor Bueno...
Batman Forever1996Arcade, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnAcclaim Coin-Operated Entertainment, Inc.3.42
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Vigilante1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MSX, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx-16, Wii, Wii U, ZX SpectrumData East USA, Inc.3.44
Venom • Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety1995Genesis, SNES, WindowsAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.45
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones1991NES, Wii UAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.47
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Dynamite Cop!1999Arcade, DreamcastSEGA of America, Inc.3.51
Burning Fight1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.3.51
Final Fight 21993SNES, Wii, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.52
Battletoads in Battlemaniacs1993SEGA Master System, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.53
DJ Boy1989Arcade, GenesisKaneko USA, Ltd.3.53
Sengoku 32001Arcade, Browser, Linux, Macintosh, Neo Geo, Wii, WindowsD4 Enterprise, Inc.3.53
Mighty Final Fight1993NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.55
Pee & Gity Special1994DOSFamily Production...
Batman Returns1993NESKonami, Inc.3.56
OSman1996ArcadeAtlus Co., Ltd....
Kishin Dōji Zenki FX: Vajra Fight1995PC-FXHudson Soft Company, Ltd....
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Selected Covers

Rival Turf SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Rival Turf
Brawlin' Sailor Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Brawlin' Sailor
Mighty Final Fight NES Front Cover
Front cover for Mighty Final Fight
Dynamite Cop! Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Dynamite Cop!
DJ Boy Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for DJ Boy

Selected Screenshots

Pee & Gity
Screenshot from Pee & Gity Special
Company logo
Screenshot from Rival Turf
Title screen
Screenshot from Brawlin' Sailor
Title Screen
Screenshot from Mighty Final Fight
Title Screen
Screenshot from Dynamite Cop!
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