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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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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom1993ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.56
Final Fight 21993SNES, Wii, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.50
The Peace Keepers1993SNESJaleco USA, Inc.3.11
The Punisher1993Arcade, GenesisCapcom U.S.A., Inc.4.09
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs1993ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.23
Night Slashers1993ArcadeData East Corporation3.62
Batman Returns1993SNESKonami (America), Inc.4.32
Metamorphic Force1993ArcadeKonami Co., Ltd.3.67
Violent Storm1993ArcadeKonami Co., Ltd.4.50
Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team1993Game Boy, Genesis, NES, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.72
Streets of Rage 21993Arcade, Game Gear, Genesis, iPhone, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.87
Edge1993PC-98Technical Group Laboratory, Inc.5.00
Splatterhouse 31993GenesisNamco Hometek Inc.3.86
Astérix1992ArcadeKonami Co., Ltd.4.17
Toxic Crusaders1992NESBandai America, Inc.3.00
Hook1992ArcadeIrem Corp.3.67
Undercover Cops1992Arcade, SNESIrem Corp.4.40
Shodai: Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun1992SNESTechnos Japan Corp.3.89
Crash 'N the Boys: Street Challenge1992Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UAksys Games Localization, Inc.4.50
Arabian Magic1992ArcadeTaito America Corporation...
Final Fight Guy1992SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.39
Motörhead1992Amiga, Atari STVirgin Games, Inc.2.68
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The HyperStone Heist1992GenesisKonami, Inc.3.81
Batman Returns1992LynxAtari Corporation2.68
Sonic Blast Man1992SNESTaito America Corporation2.96
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Selected Covers

Sonic Blast Man SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Sonic Blast Man
Splatterhouse 3 Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Splatterhouse 3
Streets of Rage 2 Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Streets of Rage 2

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Toxic Crusaders
Story
Screenshot from Night Slashers
Intro
Screenshot from Metamorphic Force
Splash screen
Screenshot from Batman Returns