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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Lethal Weapon1993Game Boy, NESOcean of America, Inc.2.88
OSman1996ArcadeAtlus Co., Ltd....
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
Cyber Police1996DOSBalance Games...
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995SNESBandai America, Inc....
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995Game BoyBandai America, Inc.3.64
Toxic Crusaders1992NESBandai America, Inc....
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers1994Game BoyBandai America, Inc....
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon R1993SNESBandai Co., Ltd....
Gear Senshi Dendoh2001PlayStationBandai Co., Ltd....
Crisis Beat1998PlayStationBandai Co., Ltd.3.07
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon1993Genesis, SNESAngel3.10
Guardians1995ArcadeBanpresto Co., Ltd....
Pretty Soldier: Sailor Moon1995ArcadeBanpresto Co., Ltd....
Denjinmakai1994Arcade, SNESBanpresto Co., Ltd....
Panzer Bandit1997PlayStationBanpresto Co., Ltd....
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 Remake2006WindowsBoMbErGaMeS3.77
Ivan Drago!2006BrowserBomToons...
The Crystal of Kings2001ArcadeBrezzaSoft...
Operation: Cleanstreets1988Amiga, Atari ST, DOSBrøderbund Software, Inc.2.91
Her Knights: All for the Princess2002GP32Byulbram Creature...
Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom1993ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.53
Alien vs. Predator1994ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.10
Battle Circuit1997ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd....
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Selected Covers

Karateka DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Karateka
Streets of Rage Remake Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Streets of Rage Remake
Lethal Weapon NES Front Cover
Front cover for Lethal Weapon
Crisis Beat PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Crisis Beat

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (CGA)
Screenshot from Karateka
Title screen (2006 version)
Screenshot from Streets of Rage Remake
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