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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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherMobyScore
Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks2005PlayStation 2, XboxMidway Games, Inc.3.53
Guardians of the 'Hood1992ArcadeAtari Games Corporation3.25
Splatterhouse 31993GenesisNamco Hometek Inc.3.86
Kaze Kiri1994TurboGrafx CDNaxat Soft...
Ane-san1995TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd.2.75
Renny Blaster1995TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd....
Cosmo Police Galivan II: Arrow of Justice1993SNESNihon Bussan Co., Ltd.2.50
Streets of Rage1991Arcade, Game Gear, Genesis, iPhone, Nintendo 3DS, SEGA Master System, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.78
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumImage Works3.70
Kung-Fu Master1984Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Commodore 64, NES, ZX SpectrumAbsolute Entertainment, Inc.3.13
Xi You Ji1994DOSPanda Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd.3.70
Mutant Rampage: Bodyslam1994CD-iPhilips Interactive Media, Inc....
Jim Lee's WildC.A.T.S: Covert Action Teams1995SNESPlaymates Interactive Entertainment, Inc.2.50
Iron Commando: Kotetsu no Senshi1995SNESPoppo Co., Ltd.3.25
Last Action Hero1994AmigaPsygnosis Limited2.39
The Warriors2005PlayStation 2, PSP, XboxRockstar Games, Inc.4.01
Fallen Angel1989Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumScreen 7 Ltd.3.94
Battletoads1991Amiga, Amiga CD32, Game Gear, Genesis, NESTradewest, Inc.3.84
Bare Knuckle Mobile2008DoJaSEGA Corporation...
Die Hard Arcade1996Arcade, SEGA SaturnSEGA of America, Inc.3.88
Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder1992ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.4.25
Last Battle1989Amiga, Arcade, Commodore 64, Genesis, WiiElite Systems Ltd.2.19
Altered Beast1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, iPhone, MSX, NES, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx-16, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360, Zodiac, ZX SpectrumActivision, Inc.3.18
D. D. Crew1991ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.17
Dynamite Düx1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, SEGA Master System, ZX SpectrumActivision (UK) Limited2.01
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Selected Covers

Bare Knuckle Mobile DoJa Front Cover
Front cover for Bare Knuckle Mobile
Mutant Rampage: Bodyslam CD-i Front Cover
Front cover for Mutant Rampage: Bodyslam
Dynamite Düx SEGA Master System Front Cover
Front cover for Dynamite Düx

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Ane-san