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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
Franko: The Crazy Revenge1994Amiga, DOSIQ Publishing2.41
My Hero1985Arcade, SEGA Master SystemSEGA of America, Inc.2.42
Jim Lee's WildC.A.T.S: Covert Action Teams1995SNESPlaymates Interactive Entertainment, Inc.2.50
Cosmo Police Galivan II: Arrow of Justice1993SNESNihon Bussan Co., Ltd.2.50
Last Action Hero1994AmigaPsygnosis Limited2.50
Wild Streets1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumTitus Software Corporation2.51
Batman Forever1995Game Boy, Game GearAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.2.52
Sengoku1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, SEGA CD, SNES, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.2.54
Hokuto no Ken1986SEGA Master System, WiiSEGA Enterprises Ltd.2.60
Riot1992Atari 8-bitDomain Software2.60
The Pirates of Dark Water1994SNESSun Corporation2.60
Batman Returns1992LynxAtari Corporation2.65
The Adventures of Bayou Billy1988NESKonami, Inc.2.66
Arabian Fight1992ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.2.67
Saban's Power Rangers: Time Force2001Game Boy AdvanceTHQ Inc.2.67
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft2.67
Motörhead1992Amiga, Atari STVirgin Games, Inc.2.68
Alien Vs. Predator1993SNESActivision, Inc.2.69
Toxic Crusaders1992NESBandai America, Inc.2.75
Ane-san1995TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd.2.75
Batman Forever1995DOS, Genesis, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.2.81
Double Dragon Neon2012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Majesco Entertainment Company2.81
Ninja Gaiden1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Lynx, Wii, ZX SpectrumAtari Corporation2.81
Cyborg Justice1993GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.83
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Selected Covers

My Hero SEGA Master System Front Cover
Front cover for My Hero
Wild Streets DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Wild Streets
Hokuto no Ken SEGA Master System Front Cover
Front cover for Hokuto no Ken

Selected Screenshots

Inside the diner where the arcade machine can be found.
Screenshot from Minutemen
Japanese title screen
Screenshot from My Hero