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 Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
The Tick1994Genesis, SNESFox Interactive, Inc.1.96
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft2.67
Streets of Rage 31994Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.79
Xi You Ji1994DOSPanda Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd.3.70
Sonic Blast Man II1994SNESTaito America Corporation4.20
X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse1994SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.71
Pee & Gity Special1994DOSFamily Production4.40
Stone Protectors1994SNESKotobuki System Co., Ltd.4.00
Wolverine: Adamantium Rage1994SNESLJN, Ltd.2.39
Nekketsu Oyako1994PlayStation, SEGA SaturnTechnosoft Co., Ltd.4.00
Surf Ninjas1994Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSCapstone Software3.59
The Death and Return of Superman1994Genesis, SNESSun Corporation of America3.39
The Pirates of Dark Water1994SNESSun Corporation2.60
Mad Stalker: Full Metal Force1994FM Towns, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CDFamily Soft Co., Ltd....
Franko: The Crazy Revenge1994Amiga, DOSIQ Publishing2.41
Last Action Hero1994AmigaPsygnosis Limited2.38
Ghost Chaser Densei1994SNESBanpresto Co., Ltd.4.00
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers1994Game BoyBandai America, Inc.3.08
Pee & Gity1994DOSSKC Soft Land...
The Ninja Warriors1994SNESTaito Corporation3.92
Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage1994Genesis, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.27
Alien vs. Predator1994ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.10
Darkside Story1995DOSSKC Soft Land...
Batman Forever1995DOS, Genesis, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.2.81
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995Game BoyBandai America, Inc.3.84
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Selected Covers

Xi You Ji DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Xi You Ji
Streets of Rage 3 Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Streets of Rage 3

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Xi You Ji
Title screen
Screenshot from Pee & Gity