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 Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Knuckle Bash1993ArcadeToaplan Co., Ltd....
The Peace Keepers1993SNESJaleco USA, Inc....
The Punisher1993Arcade, GenesisCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.92
Cyborg Justice1993GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.83
Shadow Force1993ArcadeTechnos Japan Corp....
Anett Futatabi1993SEGA CDWolf Team...
Batman Returns1993NESKonami, Inc.3.56
Streets of Rage 21993Arcade, Game Gear, Genesis, iPhone, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.91
Violent Storm1993ArcadeKonami Co., Ltd....
Ninja Baseball Bat Man1993ArcadeIrem America Corp....
Cosmo Police Galivan II: Arrow of Justice1993SNESNihon Bussan Co., Ltd....
Edge1993PC-98Technical Group Laboratory, Inc....
Battletoads / Double Dragon1993Game Boy, Genesis, NES, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.74
Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom1993ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.53
Lethal Weapon1993Game Boy, NESOcean of America, Inc.2.88
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs1993ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.30
Galaxy Deka Gayvan1993TurboGrafx CDIntec Inc....
Riot Zone1993TurboGrafx CD, WiiHudson Soft Company, Ltd....
Brawl Brothers1992SNES, Wii, Wii UHAMSTER Corporation4.00
Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder1992ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.4.17
Sonic Blast Man1992SNESTaito America Corporation2.96
Warrior Blade: Rastan Saga Episode III 1992ArcadeTaito Corporation...
X-Men1992Android, Arcade, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.27
Arabian Fight1992ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.2.89
Motörhead1992Amiga, Atari STVirgin Games, Inc.2.68
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Selected Covers

Riot Zone Wii Front Cover
Front cover for Riot Zone
Sonic Blast Man SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Sonic Blast Man
X-Men Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for X-Men
Brawl Brothers SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Brawl Brothers

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Riot Zone
Title screen
Screenshot from The Peace Keepers
Title screen.
Screenshot from Sonic Blast Man
Magneto
Screenshot from X-Men
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