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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
Battletoads1991Amiga, Amiga CD32, Game Gear, Genesis, NESTradewest, Inc.3.87
The Simpsons1991Arcade, Commodore 64, DOS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami, Inc.3.62
Spider-Man: The Videogame1991ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.60
Karate Blazers1991ArcadeVideo System Co., Ltd.2.40
64th Street: A Detective Story1991Arcade, iPhoneDotEmu SAS3.38
Burning Fight1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.3.51
Kung' Fu Master1990Game BoyIrem America Corp.3.38
Magic Sword1990Arcade, SNESCapcom Co., Ltd.4.00
The Combatribes1990Arcade, SNES, WiiAksys Games Localization, Inc.3.68
The Ninja Kids1990ArcadeTaito Corporation...
Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai1990Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, TurboGrafx CD, WiiArc System Works Co., Ltd.5.00
Guerrière Lyewärd1990Sharp X68000Technopolis Soft1.00
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Game Boy, Genesis, NES, ZX SpectrumAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.20
Last Battle1989Amiga, Arcade, Commodore 64, Genesis, WiiElite Systems Ltd.2.20
Takeda Shingen1989TurboGrafx-16Aicom Corporation3.83
Dynasty Wars1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, TurboGrafx CD, ZX SpectrumCapcom U.S.A., Inc.1.85
DJ Boy1989Arcade, GenesisKaneko USA, Ltd.2.67
Crime City1989ArcadeTaito Corporation...
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 Corporation3.56
River City Ransom1989Game Boy Advance, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CD, WiiAksys Games Localization, Inc.4.01
Ninja Gaiden1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Lynx, Wii, ZX SpectrumAtari Corporation2.86
Crime Fighters1989ArcadeKonami Industry Co. Ltd.3.83
Renegade III: The Final Chapter1989Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MSX, ZX SpectrumImagine Software2.83
Freddy Hardest in South Manhattan1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumDinamic Software3.05
Dynamite Düx1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, SEGA Master System, ZX SpectrumActivision (UK) Limited1.99
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Selected Covers

Kung' Fu Master Game Boy Front Cover
Front cover for Kung' Fu Master
Battletoads Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Battletoads
Golden Axe Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Golden Axe
The Combatribes Wii Front Cover
Front cover for The Combatribes
River City Ransom Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for River City Ransom

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Kung' Fu Master
Title screen.
Screenshot from Battletoads
Title screen
Screenshot from Crime Fighters
Introducing one of the characters
Screenshot from Crime City
Title screen
Screenshot from Golden Axe