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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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995Game BoyBandai America, Inc.3.64
Battletoads1991Game BoyTradewest, Inc.3.64
Rock Zombie2014Wii U, Windows, Xbox OneEnjoyUp Games S.L....
Panzer Bandit1997PlayStationBanpresto Co., Ltd....
Metamorphic Force1993ArcadeKonami Co., Ltd....
Three Dirty Dwarves1996SEGA Saturn, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.67
Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks2005PlayStation 2, XboxMidway Games, Inc.3.68
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game2010PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Ubisoft Entertainment SA3.69
Spartan X 21991NESIrem Corp....
Double Dragon EX2005J2MEBandai America, Inc....
Anett Futatabi1993SEGA CDWolf Team...
X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse1994SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.71
The Combatribes1990Arcade, SNES, WiiAksys Games Localization, Inc.3.71
Comar Barbarian2001WindowsTechland Soft...
Karateka1984Amstrad CPC, Android, Apple II, Atari 7800, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, iPad, iPhone, MSX, NES, Palm OS, PC-98, ZX SpectrumAtari Corporation3.73
X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse2001Game Boy AdvanceActivision Publishing, Inc....
Double Dragon II: The Revenge1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, MSX, NES, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 4, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Wii U, ZX SpectrumAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.73
Spider-Man: The Videogame1991ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Final Fight1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Game Boy Advance, iPhone, SEGA CD, Sharp X68000, ZX SpectrumCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.73
Bad Dudes1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, Zeebo, ZX SpectrumData East USA, Inc.3.74
Golden Axe III1993Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.74
Battletoads / Double Dragon1993Game Boy, Genesis, NES, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.75
Warrior Blade: Rastan Saga Episode III 1992ArcadeTaito Corporation...
Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds2013PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Windows, Xbox 360MAGES. Inc....
Beats of Rage2003DOS, Dreamcast, GP2X, GP2X Wiz, GP32Senile Team...
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Selected Covers

Rock Zombie Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Rock Zombie
Three Dirty Dwarves Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Three Dirty Dwarves
The Combatribes Wii Front Cover
Front cover for The Combatribes
Final Fight Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Final Fight

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Rock Zombie
Title screen
Screenshot from Three Dirty Dwarves
The story in a nutshell.
Screenshot from The Combatribes
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