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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Golden Axe Myth2011Windows...
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The Soul1998DOSKOGA...
Xi You Ji1994DOSPanda Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd.3.61
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Battletoads1991Game BoyTradewest, Inc.3.64
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Night Slashers1993ArcadeData East Corporation3.67
Shadow Force1993ArcadeTechnos Japan Corp....
Three Dirty Dwarves1996SEGA Saturn, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.67
Marvel Super Heroes in War of the Gems1996SNESCapcom Co., Ltd.3.68
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Bad Dudes1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, Zeebo, ZX SpectrumData East USA, Inc.3.71
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Selected Covers

Bad Dudes Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Bad Dudes
Xi You Ji DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Xi You Ji

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (EGA)
Screenshot from Bad Dudes
Screenshot from Metamorphic Force
Title screen
Screenshot from Xi You Ji
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