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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 Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Knights of the Round1991Arcade, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.72
Pu-Li-Ru-La1991Arcade, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnTaito Corporation3.50
Captain America and the Avengers1991Arcade, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESData East USA, Inc.2.70
Running Battle1991SEGA Master SystemSEGA Enterprises Ltd.2.40
Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki da yo - Zenin Shūgō!1991Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, WiiArc System Works Co., Ltd.3.89
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project1991NESKonami of America, Inc.3.97
Spartan X 21991NESIrem Corp.3.83
Captain Commando1991Arcade, PlayStation, SNESCapcom Co., Ltd.3.86
Spider-Man: The Videogame1991ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.60
Golden Axe II1991Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.84
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time1991Arcade, SNESKonami, Inc.3.93
Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai1990Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, TurboGrafx CD, WiiArc System Works Co., Ltd.5.00
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Game Boy, Genesis, NES, ZX SpectrumAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.20
Kung' Fu Master1990Game BoyIrem America Corp.3.38
Guerrière Lyewärd1990Sharp X68000Technopolis Soft1.00
The Combatribes1990Arcade, SNES, WiiAksys Games Localization, Inc.3.68
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
Takeda Shingen1989TurboGrafx-16Aicom Corporation3.83
Crime City1989ArcadeTaito Corporation...
Renegade III: The Final Chapter1989Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MSX, ZX SpectrumImagine Software2.83
River City Ransom1989Game Boy Advance, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CD, WiiAksys Games Localization, Inc.4.01
Dynamite Düx1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, SEGA Master System, ZX SpectrumActivision (UK) Limited1.99
Last Battle1989Amiga, Arcade, Commodore 64, GenesisElite Systems Ltd.2.20
DJ Boy1989Arcade, GenesisKaneko USA, Ltd.2.67
Golden Axe1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, iPhone, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Windows, WonderSwan Color, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumSEGA Corporation3.55
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Selected Covers

The Combatribes Wii Front Cover
Front cover for The Combatribes
Dynamite Düx SEGA Master System Front Cover
Front cover for Dynamite Düx
DJ Boy Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for DJ Boy

Selected Screenshots

The story in a nutshell.
Screenshot from The Combatribes
Title screen
Screenshot from Guerrière Lyewärd
Title Screen.
Screenshot from Dynamite Düx
Title screen (US version)
Screenshot from DJ Boy