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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
Rival Turf1992SNES, WiiJaleco USA, Inc.3.30
Crash 'N the Boys: Street Challenge1992Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, WiiAksys Games Localization, Inc.4.50
Arabian Magic1992ArcadeTaito America Corporation...
Arabian Fight1992ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.2.67
Toxic Crusaders1992GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.36
Batman Returns1992LynxAtari Corporation2.68
Final Fight Guy1992SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.39
Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder1992ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.4.25
Spartan X 21991NESIrem Corp.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
Sengoku1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, SEGA CD, SNES, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.2.46
Pu-Li-Ru-La1991Arcade, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnTaito Corporation3.50
Knights of the Round1991Arcade, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.72
Mystical Fighter1991GenesisDreamWorks3.12
Captain America and the Avengers1991Arcade, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESData East USA, Inc.2.67
Battletoads1991Game BoyTradewest, Inc.3.61
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project1991NESKonami of America, Inc.3.97
Running Battle1991SEGA Master SystemSEGA Enterprises Ltd.2.40
D. D. Crew1991ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.17
Golden Axe II1991Arcade, Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.84
Growl1991Arcade, GenesisTaito America Corporation3.08
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time1991Arcade, SNESKonami, Inc.3.92
Streets of Rage1991Arcade, Game Gear, Genesis, iPhone, Nintendo 3DS, SEGA Master System, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.81
Battletoads1991Amiga, Amiga CD32, Game Gear, Genesis, NESTradewest, Inc.3.87
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Selected Covers

Running Battle SEGA Master System Front Cover
Front cover for Running Battle
Golden Axe II Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Golden Axe II
Growl Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Growl

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Running Battle
Splash screen
Screenshot from Batman Returns
Title
Screenshot from Arabian Magic
Intro
Screenshot from Golden Axe II