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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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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Freddy Hardest in South Manhattan1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumDinamic Software3.05
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 Corporation3.55
After the War1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumDinamic Software2.88
Last Battle1989Amiga, Arcade, Commodore 64, GenesisElite Systems Ltd.2.20
DJ Boy1989Arcade, GenesisKaneko USA, Ltd.2.67
Fallen Angel1989Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumScreen 7 Ltd.3.94
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.1.70
Dynamite Düx1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, SEGA Master System, ZX SpectrumActivision (UK) Limited1.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumImage Works3.70
Crime City1989ArcadeTaito Corporation...
The Combatribes1990Arcade, SNES, WiiAksys Games Localization, Inc.3.68
Kung' Fu Master1990Game BoyIrem America Corp.3.38
Guerrière Lyewärd1990Sharp X68000Technopolis Soft1.00
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Game Boy, Genesis, NES, ZX SpectrumAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.20
Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai1990Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, TurboGrafx CD, WiiArc System Works Co., Ltd.5.00
Running Battle1991SEGA Master SystemSEGA Enterprises Ltd.2.40
Mystical Fighter1991GenesisDreamWorks3.12
Pu-Li-Ru-La1991Arcade, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnTaito Corporation3.50
Streets of Rage1991Arcade, Game Gear, Genesis, iPhone, Nintendo 3DS, SEGA Master System, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.81
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time1991Arcade, SNESKonami, Inc.3.93
Growl1991Arcade, GenesisTaito America Corporation2.84
Golden Axe II1991Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.84
Spider-Man: The Videogame1991ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.60
64th Street: A Detective Story1991Arcade, iPhoneDotEmu SAS3.38
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Selected Covers

DJ Boy Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for DJ Boy
Kung' Fu Master Game Boy Front Cover
Front cover for Kung' Fu Master
The Combatribes Wii Front Cover
Front cover for The Combatribes

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (US version)
Screenshot from DJ Boy
Title screen
Screenshot from Kung' Fu Master
The story in a nutshell.
Screenshot from The Combatribes