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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
The Combatribes1990Arcade, SNES, WiiAksys Games Localization, Inc.3.71
64th. Street: A Detective Story1991Arcade, iPhoneDotEmu SAS3.32
Captain America and the Avengers1991Arcade, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESData East USA, Inc.3.01
Robo Army1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK Corporation of America...
Burning Fight1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.3.51
Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki da yo - Zenin Shūgō!1991Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UArc System Works Co., Ltd.4.26
Captain Commando1991Arcade, PlayStation, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.4.08
Battletoads1991Amiga, Amiga CD32, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, NESTradewest, Inc.3.85
The King of Dragons1991Arcade, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.81
Battletoads1991Game BoyTradewest, Inc.3.64
Pu•Li•Ru•La1991Arcade, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnTaito Corporation4.07
Cycle Warriors1991ArcadeTatsumi Electronics Co., Ltd....
Double Dragon II1991Game BoyAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.27
Ninja Clowns1991ArcadeStrata Group, Inc...
Mystical Fighter1991GenesisDreamWorks...
Knights of the Round1991Arcade, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.80
Golden Axe II1991Arcade, Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.78
Spider-Man: The Videogame1991ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones1991NES, Wii UAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.47
Growl1991Arcade, GenesisTaito America Corporation3.07
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time1991Arcade, SNESKonami, Inc.4.01
Spartan X 21991NESIrem Corp....
The Simpsons1991Arcade, Commodore 64, DOS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami, Inc.3.88
Vendetta1991ArcadeKonami, Inc....
Karate Blazers1991ArcadeVideo System Co., Ltd....
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Selected Covers

The Combatribes Wii Front Cover
Front cover for The Combatribes
Battletoads Game Boy Front Cover
Front cover for Battletoads
Double Dragon II Game Boy Front Cover
Front cover for Double Dragon II

Selected Screenshots

The story in a nutshell.
Screenshot from The Combatribes
Title Screen
Screenshot from Battletoads
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