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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
The Combatribes1990Arcade, SNES, WiiAksys Games Localization, Inc.3.71
Comar Barbarian2001WindowsTechland Soft3.71
Golden Axe III1993Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.72
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.3.73
Spider-Man: The Videogame1991ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.73
Beats of Rage2003DOS, DreamcastSenile Team3.75
Final Fight 31995SNES, Wii, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.75
Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team1993Game Boy, Genesis, NES, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.76
Splatterhouse 31993GenesisNamco Hometek Inc.3.77
Ivan Drago!2006BrowserBomToons3.78
Bad Dudes1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, Zeebo, ZX SpectrumData East USA, Inc.3.78
Streets of Rage 31994Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.79
Guardian Heroes1996SEGA Saturn, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.79
Zombie Smashers X2: Punx and Skins2005WindowsTotally Screwed Software3.80
Marvel Super Heroes in War of the Gems1996SNESCapcom Co., Ltd.3.80
P.O.W.: Prisoners of War1988Arcade, NES, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSNK Corporation of America3.81
Double Dragon1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Genesis, Lynx, MSX, NES, Nintendo 3DS, SEGA Master System, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumActivision, Inc.3.81
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The HyperStone Heist1992GenesisKonami, Inc.3.81
The King of Dragons1991Arcade, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.83
Spartan X 21991NESIrem Corp.3.83
Gekido Advance: Kintaro's Revenge2003Game Boy AdvanceZOO Digital Publishing Ltd3.83
Takeda Shingen1989TurboGrafx-16Aicom Corporation3.83
Crime Fighters1989ArcadeKonami Industry Co. Ltd.3.83
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995Game BoyBandai America, Inc.3.84
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Selected Covers

Ivan Drago! Browser Front Cover Newgrounds release
Front cover for Ivan Drago!
Splatterhouse 3 Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Splatterhouse 3
Guardian Heroes SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Guardian Heroes

Selected Screenshots

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Screenshot from Comar Barbarian
Title screen
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Title screen
Screenshot from Crime Fighters