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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
Battletoads1991Game BoyTradewest, Inc.3.48
Captain America and the Avengers1991Arcade, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESData East USA, Inc.2.58
Golden Axe II1991Arcade, Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.84
Growl1991Arcade, GenesisTaito America Corporation3.08
The King of Dragons1991Arcade, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.93
D. D. Crew1991ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.17
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time1991Arcade, SNESKonami, Inc.3.92
Running Battle1991SEGA Master SystemSEGA Enterprises Ltd.2.10
Vendetta1991ArcadeKonami, Inc.3.18
Karate Blazers1991ArcadeVideo System Co., Ltd.2.40
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project1991NESKonami of America, Inc.3.95
Spider-Man: The Videogame1991ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.50
Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai1990Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Wii UArc System Works Co., Ltd.5.00
Kung' Fu Master1990Game BoyIrem America Corp.3.05
Magic Sword1990Arcade, SNESCapcom Co., Ltd.4.00
The Combatribes1990Arcade, SNES, WiiAksys Games Localization, Inc.3.68
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.3.19
The Ninja Kids1990ArcadeTaito Corporation...
Takeda Shingen1989TurboGrafx-16Aicom Corporation3.83
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumImage Works3.70
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
River City Ransom1989Game Boy Advance, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CD, WiiAksys Games Localization, Inc.4.00
Crime Fighters1989ArcadeKonami Industry Co. Ltd.3.83
Ninja Gaiden1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Lynx, Wii, ZX SpectrumAtari Corporation2.81
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Selected Covers

River City Ransom Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for River City Ransom
Final Fight Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Final Fight
Magic Sword SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Magic Sword

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from The King of Dragons
Title
Screenshot from River City Ransom
Title screen
Screenshot from Crime Fighters