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 ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Fallen Angel1989Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumScreen 7 Ltd.3.94
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
Subway Vigilante1989Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Electron, ZX SpectrumPlayers Software2.20
Renegade III: The Final Chapter1989Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MSX, ZX SpectrumImagine Software2.83
Dynasty Wars1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, TurboGrafx CD, ZX SpectrumCapcom U.S.A., Inc.1.85
DJ Boy1989Arcade, GenesisKaneko USA, Ltd.3.53
Crime Fighters1989ArcadeKonami Industry Co. Ltd.3.83
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumImage Works3.86
Wild Streets1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumTitus Software Corporation2.51
River City Ransom1989Game Boy Advance, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Wii UAksys Games Localization, Inc.4.07
Ninja Gaiden1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Lynx, Wii, ZX SpectrumAtari Corporation2.81
The Combatribes1990Arcade, SNES, WiiAksys Games Localization, Inc.3.71
Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai1990Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Wii UArc System Works Co., Ltd.4.97
Magic Sword1990Arcade, SNESCapcom Co., Ltd.4.00
The Ninja Kids1990ArcadeTaito Corporation...
Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Game Boy, Genesis, ZX SpectrumAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.04
Guerrière Lyewärd1990Sharp X68000Technopolis Soft1.00
Kung' Fu Master1990Game BoyIrem America Corp.3.05
Sengoku1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, SEGA CD, SNES, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.2.54
Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki da yo - Zenin Shūgō!1991Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UArc System Works Co., Ltd.4.41
Captain Commando1991Arcade, PlayStation, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.4.14
Vendetta1991ArcadeKonami, Inc.3.18
D. D. Crew1991ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.17
Battletoads1991Amiga, Amiga CD32, Game Gear, Genesis, NESTradewest, Inc.3.88
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Selected Covers

Ninja Gaiden DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Ninja Gaiden
Last Battle Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Last Battle
Magic Sword SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Magic Sword
Kung' Fu Master Game Boy Front Cover
Front cover for Kung' Fu Master

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Ninja Gaiden
Story
Screenshot from Last Battle
Title/Options
Screenshot from Magic Sword
Title screen
Screenshot from Kung' Fu Master