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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
Battletoads1991Game BoyTradewest, Inc.3.61
Pu-Li-Ru-La1991Arcade, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnTaito Corporation3.50
Karate Blazers1991ArcadeVideo System Co., Ltd.2.40
Mystical Fighter1991GenesisDreamWorks3.12
Captain Commando1991Arcade, PlayStation, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.86
Spartan X 21991NESIrem Corp.3.83
Spider-Man: The Videogame1991ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.50
Golden Axe II1991Arcade, Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.84
Growl1991Arcade, GenesisTaito America Corporation3.08
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time1991Arcade, SNESKonami, Inc.3.92
Streets of Rage1991Arcade, Game Gear, Genesis, iPhone, Nintendo 3DS, SEGA Master System, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.80
Captain America and the Avengers1991Arcade, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESData East USA, Inc.2.67
Battletoads1991Amiga, Amiga CD32, Game Gear, Genesis, NESTradewest, Inc.3.87
Robo Army1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK Corporation of America3.36
Knights of the Round1991Arcade, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.72
Burning Fight1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.3.51
The King of Dragons1991Arcade, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.93
The Simpsons1991Arcade, Commodore 64, DOS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami, Inc.3.62
Arabian Fight1992ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.2.67
Batman Returns1992LynxAtari Corporation2.68
Guardians of the 'Hood1992ArcadeAtari Games Corporation3.25
Arabian Magic1992ArcadeTaito America Corporation...
Hook1992ArcadeIrem Corp.3.67
Super Double Dragon1992SNESTradewest, Inc.3.90
Brawl Brothers1992SNES, Wii, Wii UHAMSTER Corporation4.00
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Selected Covers

Golden Axe II Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Golden Axe II
Captain Commando PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Captain Commando
Growl Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Growl
Streets of Rage Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Streets of Rage

Selected Screenshots

Intro
Screenshot from Golden Axe II
Title/Options
Screenshot from Captain Commando
Title
Screenshot from Growl
Title screen
Screenshot from Spartan X 2