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.

  • 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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai1990Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Wii UArc System Works Co., Ltd.4.97
The Ninja Kids1990ArcadeTaito Corporation...
Kung' Fu Master1990Game BoyIrem America Corp.3.05
Freddy Hardest in South Manhattan1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumDinamic Software3.05
Last Battle1989Amiga, Arcade, Commodore 64, Genesis, WiiElite Systems Ltd.2.19
Dynamite Düx1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, SEGA Master System, ZX SpectrumActivision (UK) Limited2.01
DJ Boy1989Arcade, GenesisKaneko USA, Ltd.3.53
Subway Vigilante1989Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Electron, ZX SpectrumPlayers Software2.20
Fallen Angel1989Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumScreen 7 Ltd.3.94
Renegade III: The Final Chapter1989Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MSX, ZX SpectrumImagine Software2.83
Crime Fighters1989ArcadeKonami Industry Co. Ltd.3.83
Takeda Shingen1989TurboGrafx-16Aicom Corporation3.83
After the War1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumDinamic Software2.90
Ninja Gaiden1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Lynx, Wii, ZX SpectrumAtari Corporation2.81
Crime City1989ArcadeTaito Corporation2.20
River City Ransom1989Game Boy Advance, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Wii UAksys Games Localization, Inc.4.05
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumImage Works3.84
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.3.88
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 Corporation3.59
Wild Streets1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumTitus Software Corporation2.51
Dynasty Wars1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, TurboGrafx CD, ZX SpectrumCapcom U.S.A., Inc.1.94
Altered Beast1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, iPhone, MSX, NES, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx-16, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360, Zodiac, ZX SpectrumActivision, Inc.3.23
Bad Dudes1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, Zeebo, ZX SpectrumData East USA, Inc.3.78
Double Dragon II: The Revenge1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Game Boy, Genesis, MSX, NES, Nintendo 3DS, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Wii U, ZX SpectrumAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.72
Target: Renegade1988Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, NES, ZX SpectrumTaito America Corporation3.04
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Selected Covers

After the War ZX Spectrum Front Cover
Front cover for After the War
Ninja Gaiden DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Ninja Gaiden
Target: Renegade NES Front Cover
Front cover for Target: Renegade

Selected Screenshots

Loading screen
Screenshot from After the War
Title screen
Screenshot from Ninja Gaiden
Introducing one of the characters
Screenshot from Crime City
Title screen
Screenshot from Target: Renegade