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 ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Ninja Gaiden1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Lynx, Wii, ZX SpectrumAtari Corporation2.85
Mad Motor1989ArcadeData East USA, Inc....
After the War1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumDinamic Software2.94
Last Battle1989Amiga, Arcade, Commodore 64, Genesis, WiiElite Systems Ltd.2.23
Freddy Hardest in South Manhattan1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumDinamic Software3.05
Renegade III: The Final Chapter1989Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MSX, ZX SpectrumImagine Software2.83
Crime City1989ArcadeTaito Corporation...
Fallen Angel1989Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumScreen 7 Ltd.3.94
Subway Vigilante1989Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Electron, ZX SpectrumPlayers Software...
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 Corporation3.58
Crime Fighters1989ArcadeKonami Industry Co. Ltd....
DJ Boy1989Arcade, GenesisKaneko USA, Ltd.3.53
Dynasty Wars1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, TurboGrafx CD, ZX SpectrumCapcom U.S.A., Inc.1.94
Wild Streets1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumTitus Software Corporation2.51
Hachoo!1989ArcadeJaleco Ltd....
Takeda Shingen1989TurboGrafx-16Aicom Corporation...
Final Fight1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Game Boy Advance, iPhone, SEGA CD, Sharp X68000, ZX SpectrumCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.73
The Combatribes1990Arcade, SNES, WiiAksys Games Localization, Inc.3.71
The Ninja Kids1990ArcadeTaito Corporation...
Final Fight1990New Nintendo 3DS, SNES, Wii, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.4.02
Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai1990Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Wii UArc System Works Co., Ltd.4.97
Ninja Combat1990Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc....
Guerrière Lyewärd1990Sharp X68000Technopolis Soft...
Kung' Fu Master1990Game BoyIrem America Corp.3.21
Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Game Boy, Genesis, ZX SpectrumAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.2.99
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Selected Covers

Golden Axe Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Golden Axe
Kung' Fu Master Game Boy Front Cover
Front cover for Kung' Fu Master
DJ Boy Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for DJ Boy
Dynasty Wars Amstrad CPC Front Cover
Front cover for Dynasty Wars
Final Fight Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Final Fight

Selected Screenshots

Start screen
Screenshot from Hachoo!
Title screen
Screenshot from Guerrière Lyewärd
Title screen
Screenshot from Golden Axe
Title screen
Screenshot from Kung' Fu Master
Title screen (US version)
Screenshot from DJ Boy
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