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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64th. Street: A Detective Story1991Arcade, iPhoneDotEmu SAS3.32
Riot City1991ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project1991NESKonami of America, Inc.4.18
D. D. Crew1991ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Sengoku1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, SEGA CD, SNES, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.2.62
Vendetta1991ArcadeKonami, Inc....
Spartan X 21991NESIrem Corp....
Ninja Clowns1991ArcadeStrata Group, Inc...
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Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones1991NES, Wii UAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.48
Pu•Li•Ru•La1991Arcade, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnTaito Corporation4.07
Golden Axe II1991Arcade, Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.82
Growl1991Arcade, GenesisTaito America Corporation3.07
Blade Master1991ArcadeIrem Corp....
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time1991Arcade, SNESKonami, Inc.3.99
Streets of Rage1991Arcade, Game Gear, Genesis, iPhone, Nintendo 3DS, SEGA Master System, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.98
Double Dragon II1991Game BoyAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.27
Battletoads1991Amiga, Amiga CD32, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, NESTradewest, Inc.3.84
Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki da yo - Zenin Shūgō!1991Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UArc System Works Co., Ltd.4.30
The Simpsons1991Arcade, Commodore 64, DOS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami, Inc.3.88
Running Battle1991SEGA Master SystemSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Cycle Warriors1991ArcadeTatsumi Electronics Co., Ltd....
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Selected Covers

Running Battle SEGA Master System Front Cover
Front cover for Running Battle
The Simpsons DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Simpsons
Sengoku Wii Front Cover
Front cover for Sengoku

Selected Screenshots

Intro
Screenshot from D. D. Crew
Title screen
Screenshot from Running Battle
Title
Screenshot from The Simpsons
Title Screen
Screenshot from Sengoku
Title screen
Screenshot from Spartan X 2
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