Group DescriptionBeat '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.
|Game Title||Year||Platform||Publisher||User Score|
|Final Fight||1989||Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Game Boy Advance, iPhone, SEGA CD, Sharp X68000, Wii U, ZX Spectrum||Capcom Entertainment, Inc.||3.73|
|Dynasty Wars||1989||Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, TurboGrafx CD, ZX Spectrum||Capcom U.S.A., Inc.||1.94|
|DJ Boy||1989||Arcade, Genesis||Kaneko USA, Ltd.||3.53|
|Takeda Shingen||1989||TurboGrafx-16||Aicom Corporation||...|
|Crime Fighters||1989||Arcade||Konami Industry Co. Ltd.||...|
|Tough Turf||1989||Arcade||SEGA Enterprises Ltd.||...|
|Gang Wars||1989||Arcade, PlayStation 3, PSP||SNK Playmore USA Corp.||...|
|Subway Vigilante||1989||Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Electron, ZX Spectrum||Players Software||...|
|Fallen Angel||1989||Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX Spectrum||Screen 7 Ltd.||3.94|
|Renegade III: The Final Chapter||1989||Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MSX, ZX Spectrum||Imagine Software||2.83|
|Dynamite Düx||1989||Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, SEGA Master System, ZX Spectrum||Activision (UK) Limited||2.31|
|Freddy Hardest in South Manhattan||1989||Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX Spectrum||Dinamic Software||3.05|
|Last Battle||1989||Amiga, Arcade, Commodore 64, Genesis, Wii||Elite Systems Ltd.||2.23|
|After the War||1989||Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX Spectrum||Dinamic Software||2.94|
|Mad Motor||1989||Arcade||Data East USA, Inc.||...|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||1989||Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, Xbox 360, ZX Spectrum||Image Works||3.84|
|Ninja Combat||1990||Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, Wii||D4 Enterprise, Inc.||...|
|Guerrière Lyewärd||1990||Sharp X68000||Technopolis Soft||...|
|Final Fight||1990||New Nintendo 3DS, SNES, Wii, Wii U||Capcom Entertainment, Inc.||4.02|
|Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone||1990||Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Game Boy, Genesis, ZX Spectrum||Acclaim Entertainment, Inc.||2.99|
|Kung' Fu Master||1990||Game Boy||Irem America Corp.||3.12|
|The Ninja Kids||1990||Arcade||Taito Corporation||...|
|Magic Sword||1990||Arcade, SNES||Capcom Co., Ltd.||...|
|Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai||1990||Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Wii U||Arc System Works Co., Ltd.||4.97|
|Mug Smashers||1990||Arcade||Electronic Devices SRL Italy||...|
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