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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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Toxic Crusaders1992NESBandai America, Inc.3.00
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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995Game BoyBandai America, Inc.4.23
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon R1993SNESBandai Co., Ltd.4.50
Crisis Beat1998PlayStationBandai Co., Ltd.3.07
Gear Senshi Dendoh2001PlayStationBandai Co., Ltd.4.20
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 Corporation3.77
Streets of Rage Remake2006WindowsBoMbErGaMeS3.67
Ivan Drago!2006BrowserBomToons3.78
Operation: Cleanstreets1988Amiga, Atari ST, DOSBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.07
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Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom1993ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.56
X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse1994SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.71
Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara1996ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.58
Magic Sword1990Arcade, SNESCapcom Co., Ltd.4.00
The King of Dragons1991Arcade, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.93
Battle Circuit1997ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.10
Marvel Super Heroes in War of the Gems1996SNESCapcom Co., Ltd.3.80
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs1993ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.23
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara2013PlayStation 3, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360Capcom Co., Ltd.4.22
Final Fight Guy1992SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.39
Knights of the Round1991Arcade, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.72
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Selected Covers

Knights of the Round SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Knights of the Round
Crisis Beat PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Crisis Beat
Karateka DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Karateka

Selected Screenshots

The story
Screenshot from Knights of the Round
Title screen.
Screenshot from Crisis Beat