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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
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
Zombie Smashers X2: Punx and Skins2005WindowsTotally Screwed Software3.80
Marvel Super Heroes in War of the Gems1996SNESCapcom Co., Ltd.3.80
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
Spartan X 21991NESIrem Corp.3.83
Crime Fighters1989ArcadeKonami Industry Co. Ltd.3.83
Takeda Shingen1989TurboGrafx-16Aicom Corporation3.83
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 Co., Ltd.3.86
Splatterhouse 31993GenesisNamco Hometek Inc.3.86
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
Shodai: Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun1992SNESTechnos Japan Corp.3.89
Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki da yo - Zenin Shūgō!1991Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, WiiArc System Works Co., Ltd.3.89
Super Double Dragon1992SNESTradewest, Inc.3.89
Battletoads1991Amiga, Amiga CD32, Game Gear, Genesis, NESTradewest, Inc.3.90
Knight of Knights2002WindowsTomoshibi3.92
The Ninja Warriors1994SNESTaito Corporation3.92
Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness1995Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.93
The King of Dragons1991Arcade, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.93
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Selected Covers

P.O.W.: Prisoners of War Windows Front Cover
Front cover for P.O.W.: Prisoners of War
Captain Commando PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Captain Commando
Super Double Dragon SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Super Double Dragon

Selected Screenshots

Title
Screenshot from P.O.W.: Prisoners of War
Title Screen
Screenshot from The King of Dragons
Title/Options
Screenshot from Captain Commando