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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 Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Spartan X 21991NESIrem Corp.3.83
Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki da yo - Zenin Shūgō!1991Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, WiiArc System Works Co., Ltd.3.89
The Simpsons1991Arcade, Commodore 64, DOS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami, Inc.3.61
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project1991NESKonami of America, Inc.3.97
Captain Commando1991Arcade, PlayStation, SNESCapcom Co., Ltd.3.86
Knights of the Round1991Arcade, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.72
The King of Dragons1991Arcade, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.93
Captain America and the Avengers1991Arcade, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESData East USA, Inc.2.67
Burning Fight1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.3.51
Robo Army1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK Corporation of America3.36
Battletoads1991Amiga, Amiga CD32, Game Gear, Genesis, NESTradewest, Inc.3.90
Battletoads1991Game BoyTradewest, Inc.3.61
Undercover Cops1992Arcade, SNESIrem Corp.4.40
Super Double Dragon1992SNESTradewest, Inc.3.89
Brawl Brothers1992SNES, Wii, Wii UHAMSTER Corporation4.00
Sonic Blast Man1992SNESTaito America Corporation2.96
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The HyperStone Heist1992GenesisKonami, Inc.3.81
Final Fight Guy1992SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.39
Toxic Crusaders1992NESBandai America, Inc.3.00
Rival Turf1992SNES, WiiJaleco USA, Inc.3.30
Mutation Nation1992Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK of America3.20
Shodai: Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun1992SNESTechnos Japan Corp.3.89
Crash 'N the Boys: Street Challenge1992Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, WiiAksys Games Localization, Inc.4.50
Batman Returns1992LynxAtari Corporation2.68
X-Men1992Android, Arcade, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.97
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Selected Covers

X-Men Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for X-Men
Sonic Blast Man SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Sonic Blast Man
Battletoads Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Battletoads
Battletoads Game Boy Front Cover
Front cover for Battletoads

Selected Screenshots

Magneto
Screenshot from X-Men
Title screen.
Screenshot from Sonic Blast Man
Title screen
Screenshot from Toxic Crusaders
Title
Screenshot from Robo Army
Title screen.
Screenshot from Battletoads