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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
Arabian Magic1992ArcadeTaito America Corporation...
Final Fight Guy1992SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.39
Janggun-ui Adeul1992SEGA Master SystemDaou Infosys Corp....
Toxic Crusaders1992NESBandai America, Inc.2.75
Undercover Cops1992Arcade, SNESIrem Corp.4.40
Hook1992ArcadeIrem Corp.3.67
Shodai: Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun1992SNESTechnos Japan Corp.3.89
Batman Returns1992LynxAtari Corporation2.65
Mutation Nation1992Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK of America3.88
Astérix1992ArcadeKonami Co., Ltd.4.08
Crash 'N the Boys: Street Challenge1992Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UAksys Games Localization, Inc.4.86
Super Double Dragon1992SNESTradewest, Inc.3.90
Arabian Fight1992ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.2.67
Motörhead1992Amiga, Atari STVirgin Games, Inc.2.68
Brawl Brothers1992SNES, Wii, Wii UHAMSTER Corporation4.00
Guardians of the 'Hood1992ArcadeAtari Games Corporation3.61
Rival Turf1992SNES, WiiJaleco USA, Inc.3.30
Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki da yo - Zenin Shūgō!1991Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UArc System Works Co., Ltd.4.41
D. D. Crew1991ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.17
Mystical Fighter1991GenesisDreamWorks2.58
Captain Commando1991Arcade, PlayStation, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.4.14
The King of Dragons1991Arcade, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.83
Burning Fight1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.3.51
Robo Army1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK Corporation of America3.36
The Simpsons1991Arcade, Commodore 64, DOS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami, Inc.3.65
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Selected Covers

Captain Commando PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Captain Commando
Burning Fight Wii Front Cover
Front cover for Burning Fight
The Simpsons DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Simpsons
Undercover Cops SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Undercover Cops

Selected Screenshots

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Screenshot from Captain Commando
Without his fellow band members, Lemmy is forced to play the concert alone.
Screenshot from Motörhead
Title screen
Screenshot from Astérix
Title
Screenshot from Burning Fight