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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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Battletoads1991Game BoyTradewest, Inc.3.61
Battletoads1991Amiga, Amiga CD32, Game Gear, Genesis, NESTradewest, Inc.3.87
Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team1993Game Boy, Genesis, NES, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.75
Battletoads in Battlemaniacs1993SEGA Master System, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.35
Beats of Rage2003DOS, DreamcastSenile Team3.75
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon1993Genesis, SNESAngel3.10
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon R1993SNESBandai Co., Ltd.4.50
Black Belt1986SEGA Master SystemSEGA of America, Inc.3.06
Brawl Brothers1992SNES, Wii, Wii UHAMSTER Corporation4.00
Brawlin' Sailor2013BrowserMajor Bueno3.40
Bruce Lee: Quest of the Dragon2002XboxUniversal Interactive Inc.2.03
Burning Fight1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.3.51
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs1993ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.10
Captain America and the Avengers1991Arcade, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESData East USA, Inc.2.67
Captain Commando1991Arcade, PlayStation, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.86
City Adventure Touch: Mystery of Triangle1987NESToho Cinefile-Soft Library...
Comar Barbarian2001WindowsTechland Soft3.71
The Combatribes1990Arcade, SNES, WiiAksys Games Localization, Inc.3.68
Combo Crew2013Android, iPad, iPhoneGame Bakers, The4.14
Cosmo Police Galivan II: Arrow of Justice1993SNESNihon Bussan Co., Ltd.2.50
Crash 'N the Boys: Street Challenge1992Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, WiiAksys Games Localization, Inc.4.50
Crime City1989ArcadeTaito Corporation...
Crime Fighters1989ArcadeKonami Industry Co. Ltd.3.83
Crisis Beat1998PlayStationBandai Co., Ltd.3.07
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon2003Game Boy AdvanceUbi Soft Entertainment Software2.33
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Selected Covers

Brawl Brothers SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Brawl Brothers
Crisis Beat PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Crisis Beat
Battletoads Game Boy Front Cover
Front cover for Battletoads

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Crime Fighters
Select character
Screenshot from Cadillacs and Dinosaurs
Choose a hero.
Screenshot from Comar Barbarian
Introducing one of the characters
Screenshot from Crime City