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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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Double Dragon1993Game GearVirgin Games, Inc....
Streets of Rage 21993Arcade, Game Gear, Genesis, iPhone, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.91
Battletoads in Battlemaniacs1993SEGA Master System, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.53
Final Fight 21993SNES, Wii, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.52
Knuckle Bash1993ArcadeToaplan Co., Ltd....
Alien Vs. Predator1993SNESActivision, Inc.2.75
Metamorphic Force1993ArcadeKonami Co., Ltd....
Violent Storm1993ArcadeKonami Co., Ltd....
Ninja Baseball Bat Man1993ArcadeIrem America Corp....
Riot Zone1993TurboGrafx CD, WiiHudson Soft Company, Ltd....
Shadow Force1993ArcadeTechnos Japan Corp....
Batman Returns1993SNESKonami (America), Inc.4.34
Cosmo Police Galivan II: Arrow of Justice1993SNESNihon Bussan Co., Ltd....
Edge1993PC-98Technical Group Laboratory, Inc....
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon R1993SNESBandai Co., Ltd....
Golden Axe III1993Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.75
The Punisher1993Arcade, GenesisCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.92
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon1993Genesis, SNESAngel3.11
Battletoads1994ArcadeElectronic Arts, Inc.3.97
Xi You Ji1994DOSPanda Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd.3.61
The Tick1994Genesis, SNESFox Interactive, Inc.2.03
The Death and Return of Superman1994Genesis, SNESSun Corporation of America3.37
Spider-Man / Venom: Maximum Carnage1994Genesis, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.39
Streets of Rage 31994Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.94
X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse1994SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.81
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Selected Covers

Riot Zone Wii Front Cover
Front cover for Riot Zone
Streets of Rage 3 Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Streets of Rage 3

Selected Screenshots

Start screen
Screenshot from Knuckle Bash
Setting up the scene for New York.
Screenshot from The Punisher
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