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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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
MadWorld2009WiiSEGA of America, Inc.4.13
Magic Sword1990Arcade, SNESCapcom Co., Ltd.4.00
Marvel Super Heroes in War of the Gems1996SNESCapcom Co., Ltd.3.80
Marvel Ultimate Alliance2006Game Boy AdvanceActivision Publishing, Inc.2.30
Metamorphic Force1993ArcadeKonami Co., Ltd.3.67
Mighty Final Fight1993NES, Nintendo 3DSCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.58
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers1994Game BoyBandai America, Inc.4.00
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.46
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995SNESBandai America, Inc.4.50
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995Game BoyBandai America, Inc.4.23
Minutemen2009Browser2.58
Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks2005PlayStation 2, XboxMidway Games, Inc.3.53
Mutant Rampage: Bodyslam1994CD-iPhilips Interactive Media, Inc....
Mutation Nation1992Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK of America3.20
My Hero1985Arcade, SEGA Master SystemSEGA of America, Inc.2.38
Mystical Fighter1991GenesisDreamWorks3.12
Nekketsu Oyako1994PlayStation, SEGA SaturnTechnosoft Co., Ltd.4.00
Night Slashers1993ArcadeData East Corporation3.89
Ninja Baseball Bat Man1993ArcadeIrem America Corp.4.33
Ninja Gaiden1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Lynx, Wii, ZX SpectrumAtari Corporation2.86
The Ninja Kids1990ArcadeTaito Corporation...
The Ninja Warriors1994SNESTaito Corporation3.92
Noitu Love 2: Devolution2008WindowsKonjak3.13
Operation: Cleanstreets1988Amiga, Atari ST, DOSBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.07
The Peace Keepers1993SNESJaleco USA, Inc.3.11
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Selected Covers

Noitu Love 2: Devolution Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Noitu Love 2: Devolution
MadWorld Wii Front Cover
Front cover for MadWorld
Mutant Rampage: Bodyslam CD-i Front Cover
Front cover for Mutant Rampage: Bodyslam

Selected Screenshots

Introduction sequence explaining the history leading up to the events of the sequel.
Screenshot from Noitu Love 2: Devolution
Title screen
Screenshot from MadWorld
Title screen
Screenshot from Marvel Ultimate Alliance
Title
Screenshot from Mutation Nation
Story
Screenshot from Night Slashers