Group DescriptionBeat '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.
|Toxic Crusaders||1992||Genesis||SEGA of America, Inc.||2.36|
|Crash 'N the Boys: Street Challenge||1992||Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii||Aksys Games Localization, Inc.||4.50|
|Undercover Cops||1992||Arcade, SNES||Irem Corp.||4.40|
|X-Men||1992||Android, Arcade, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360||Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.||3.97|
|Rival Turf||1992||SNES, Wii||Jaleco USA, Inc.||3.30|
|Riot||1992||Atari 8-bit||Domain Software||2.60|
|Janggun-ui Adeul||1992||SEGA Master System||Daou Infosys Corp.||...|
|Super Double Dragon||1992||SNES||Tradewest, Inc.||3.84|
|Final Fight Guy||1992||SNES||Capcom U.S.A., Inc.||3.39|
|Toxic Crusaders||1992||NES||Bandai America, Inc.||3.00|
|Shodai: Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun||1992||SNES||Technos Japan Corp.||3.89|
|Captain America and the Avengers||1991||Arcade, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNES||Data East USA, Inc.||2.66|
|Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki da yo - Zenin Shūgō!||1991||Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS||Arc System Works Co., Ltd.||3.92|
|Knights of the Round||1991||Arcade, SNES||Capcom U.S.A., Inc.||3.73|
|Spartan X 2||1991||NES||Irem Corp.||3.83|
|Pu-Li-Ru-La||1991||Arcade, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn||Taito Corporation||3.00|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project||1991||NES||Konami of America, Inc.||3.92|
|Battletoads||1991||Game Boy||Tradewest, Inc.||3.61|
|Golden Axe II||1991||Genesis, iPhone, Wii, Windows||SEGA of America, Inc.||3.85|
|Growl||1991||Arcade, Genesis||Taito America Corporation||2.68|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time||1991||Arcade, SNES||Konami, Inc.||3.91|
|Running Battle||1991||SEGA Master System||SEGA Enterprises Ltd.||2.40|
|Streets of Rage||1991||Game Gear, Genesis, iPhone, SEGA Master System, Wii, Windows||SEGA of America, Inc.||3.81|
|Battletoads||1991||Amiga, Amiga CD32, Game Gear, Genesis, NES||Tradewest, Inc.||3.90|
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