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
Wolverine: Adamantium Rage1994SNESLJN, Ltd.2.39
Karate Blazers1991ArcadeVideo System Co., Ltd....
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker2000Game Boy ColorUbi Soft Entertainment Software...
Franko: The Crazy Revenge1994Amiga, DOSIQ Publishing2.41
My Hero1985Arcade, SEGA Master SystemSEGA of America, Inc.2.47
Jim Lee's WildC.A.T.S: Covert Action Teams1995SNESPlaymates Interactive Entertainment, Inc....
Last Action Hero1994AmigaPsygnosis Limited2.50
Cosmo Police Galivan II: Arrow of Justice1993SNESNihon Bussan Co., Ltd....
Wild Streets1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumTitus Software Corporation2.51
Riot1992Atari 8-bitDomain Software...
Running Battle1991SEGA Master SystemSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
The Pirates of Dark Water1994SNESSun Corporation...
Hokuto no Ken1986SEGA Master System, WiiSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
The Adventures of Bayou Billy1988NES, Wii UKonami, Inc.2.62
Sengoku1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, SEGA CD, SNES, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.2.62
Batman Returns1992LynxAtari Corporation2.65
Saban's Power Rangers: Time Force2001Game Boy AdvanceTHQ Inc....
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft...
Riot City1991ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Motörhead1992Amiga, Atari STVirgin Games, Inc.2.68
Alien Vs. Predator1993SNESActivision, Inc.2.75
Toxic Crusaders1992NESBandai America, Inc....
Ane-san1995TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd....
Cyborg Justice1993GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.83
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Selected Covers

Alien Vs. Predator SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Alien Vs. Predator
Cyborg Justice Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Cyborg Justice
Hokuto no Ken SEGA Master System Front Cover
Front cover for Hokuto no Ken
My Hero SEGA Master System Front Cover
Front cover for My Hero
Running Battle SEGA Master System Front Cover
Front cover for Running Battle

Selected Screenshots

Screenshot from Alien Vs. Predator
Opening sequence
Screenshot from Cyborg Justice
Title screen
Screenshot from Hokuto no Ken
Japanese title screen
Screenshot from My Hero
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