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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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherMobyScore
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 Corporation3.59
Cyber Police1996DOSBalance Games3.10
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995Game BoyBandai America, Inc.3.84
Toxic Crusaders1992NESBandai America, Inc.2.75
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers1994Game BoyBandai America, Inc.3.08
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995SNESBandai America, Inc.4.17
Gear Senshi Dendoh2001PlayStationBandai Co., Ltd.4.20
Crisis Beat1998PlayStationBandai Co., Ltd.3.07
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon R1993SNESBandai Co., Ltd.4.50
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon1993Genesis, SNESAngel3.10
Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon1995ArcadeBanpresto Co., Ltd.4.33
Ghost Chaser Densei1994SNESBanpresto Co., Ltd.4.00
Karateka1984Amstrad CPC, Android, Apple II, Atari 7800, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, iPad, iPhone, MSX, NES, Palm OS, PC-98, ZX SpectrumAtari Corporation3.73
Streets of Rage Remake2006WindowsBoMbErGaMeS3.67
Ivan Drago!2006BrowserBomToons3.78
Operation: Cleanstreets1988Amiga, Atari ST, DOSBrøderbund Software, Inc.2.91
Her Knights: All for the Princess2002GP32Byulbram Creature...
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs1993ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.28
Battle Circuit1997ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.10
The King of Dragons1991Arcade, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.83
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara2013PlayStation 3, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360Capcom Co., Ltd.4.22
Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom1993ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.56
Final Fight Guy1992SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.39
Knights of the Round1991Arcade, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.69
Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara1996ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.58
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Selected Covers

Operation: Cleanstreets Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Operation: Cleanstreets
Knights of the Round SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Knights of the Round
Streets of Rage Remake Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Streets of Rage Remake
Crisis Beat PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Crisis Beat

Selected Screenshots

(Intro movie) The titular mecha Dendoh
Screenshot from Gear Senshi Dendoh
Title
Screenshot from Operation: Cleanstreets
The story
Screenshot from Knights of the Round
Title screen (2006 version)
Screenshot from Streets of Rage Remake