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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.

  • 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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Sengoku 32001Arcade, Neo Geo, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.3.44
Zombie Smashers X2001WindowsTotally Screwed Software3.20
The Crystal of Kings2001ArcadeBrezzaSoft...
Saban's Power Rangers: Time Force2001Game Boy AdvanceTHQ Inc.2.67
Comar Barbarian2001WindowsTechland Soft3.71
The Rage2001WindowsMidas Interactive Entertainment Ltd.3.06
Jackie Chan Adventures: Legend of the Dark Hand2001Game Boy AdvanceActivision Publishing, Inc.3.62
WWF Betrayal2001Game Boy ColorTHQ Inc.4.00
Gear Senshi Dendoh2001PlayStationBandai Co., Ltd.4.20
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker2000Game Boy Color, Nintendo 64, PlayStationUbi Soft Entertainment Software2.22
X-Men: Mutant Wars2000Game Boy ColorActivision Publishing, Inc.2.25
Dungeons & Dragons Collection1999SEGA SaturnCapcom Co., Ltd.5.00
Dynamite Cop!1999Arcade, DreamcastSEGA of America, Inc.3.51
Gaia Crusaders1999ArcadeNoise Factory...
Lucifer Ring1998PlayStationToshiba-EMI Ltd....
Crisis Beat1998PlayStationBandai Co., Ltd.3.07
The Soul1998DOSKOGA3.60
Battle Circuit1997ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.10
The Fantastic Four1997PlayStationAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.93
Eojjeonji Joheun Il-i Saenggil Geot Gateun Jeonyeok1997DOSKorea Media Link...
Fighting Force1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsCrave Entertainment, Inc.3.19
Dark Judgement1997WindowsFrankenstein Studio...
Panzer Bandit1997PlayStationBanpresto Co., Ltd.3.67
Py & Gity 2: The Industrial Age1996DOSHyundai...
Guardian Heroes1996SEGA Saturn, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.82
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Selected Covers

The Fantastic Four PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for The Fantastic Four
Crisis Beat PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Crisis Beat
Fighting Force Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Fighting Force
WWF Betrayal Game Boy Color Front Cover
Front cover for WWF Betrayal

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from Zombie Smashers X
First mission
Screenshot from Battle Circuit
(Intro movie) The titular mecha Dendoh
Screenshot from Gear Senshi Dendoh