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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
Final Fight1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Game Boy Advance, iPhone, SEGA CD, Sharp X68000, SNES, Wii, Wii U, ZX SpectrumCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.72
Golden Axe III1993Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.72
X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse2001Game Boy AdvanceActivision Publishing, Inc.3.73
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.3.73
Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team1993Game Boy, Genesis, NES, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.75
Beats of Rage2003DOS, DreamcastSenile Team3.75
Final Fight 31995SNES, Wii, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.75
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.76
Karateka1984Amstrad CPC, Android, Apple II, Atari 7800, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, iPad, iPhone, MSX, NES, PC-98, ZX SpectrumAtari Corporation3.77
Ivan Drago!2006BrowserBomToons3.78
Guardian Heroes1996SEGA Saturn, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.79
Marvel Super Heroes in War of the Gems1996SNESCapcom Co., Ltd.3.80
Zombie Smashers X2: Punx and Skins2005WindowsTotally Screwed Software3.80
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The HyperStone Heist1992GenesisKonami, Inc.3.81
Streets of Rage1991Arcade, Game Gear, Genesis, iPhone, Nintendo 3DS, SEGA Master System, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.81
Crime Fighters1989ArcadeKonami Industry Co. Ltd.3.83
Takeda Shingen1989TurboGrafx-16Aicom Corporation3.83
Spartan X 21991NESIrem Corp.3.83
Golden Axe II1991Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.84
P.O.W.: Prisoners of War1988Arcade, NES, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSNK Corporation of America3.86
Captain Commando1991Arcade, PlayStation, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.86
Splatterhouse 31993GenesisNamco Hometek Inc.3.86
Battletoads1991Amiga, Amiga CD32, Game Gear, Genesis, NESTradewest, Inc.3.87
Streets of Rage 21993Arcade, Game Gear, Genesis, iPhone, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.88
Die Hard Arcade1996Arcade, SEGA SaturnSEGA of America, Inc.3.88
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Selected Covers

Battletoads Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Battletoads
Die Hard Arcade SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Die Hard Arcade
Final Fight Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Final Fight
Captain Commando PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Captain Commando

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Battletoads
Title Screen
Screenshot from Die Hard Arcade
Story
Screenshot from Beats of Rage
Title screen.
Screenshot from Final Fight