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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Final Fight1990New Nintendo 3DS, SNES, Wii, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.4.02
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs1993ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.30
Battle Circuit1997ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd....
Alien vs. Predator1994ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.10
Dungeons & Dragons Collection1999SEGA SaturnCapcom Co., Ltd....
X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse1994SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.81
Knights of the Round1991Arcade, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.80
Magic Sword1990Arcade, SNESCapcom Co., Ltd....
Marvel Super Heroes in War of the Gems1996SNESCapcom Co., Ltd.3.68
Final Fight1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Game Boy Advance, iPhone, SEGA CD, Sharp X68000, Wii U, ZX SpectrumCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.73
Spyborgs2009WiiCapcom Entertainment, Inc....
Final Fight 31995SNES, Wii, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.76
The Punisher1993Arcade, GenesisCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.92
Captain Commando1991Arcade, PlayStation, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.4.08
Dynasty Wars1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, TurboGrafx CD, ZX SpectrumCapcom U.S.A., Inc.1.94
Warriors of Fate1992Arcade, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCapcom U.S.A., Inc....
Regular Show: Fist Punch2013BrowserCartoon Network...
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara2013PlayStation 3, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360Capcom Co., Ltd....
Dragon Sisters2005PlayStation 2D3Publisher Inc....
Janggun-ui Adeul1992SEGA Master SystemDaou Infosys Corp....
Mad Motor1989ArcadeData East USA, Inc....
Night Slashers1993ArcadeData East Corporation3.67
Captain America and the Avengers1991Arcade, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESData East USA, Inc.3.01
Vigilante1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MSX, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx-16, Wii, Wii U, ZX SpectrumData East USA, Inc.3.44
Freddy Hardest in South Manhattan1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumDinamic Software3.05
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Selected Covers

Knights of the Round SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Knights of the Round
Final Fight 3 SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Final Fight 3
Vigilante SEGA Master System Front Cover
Front cover for Vigilante
Dynasty Wars Amstrad CPC Front Cover
Front cover for Dynasty Wars

Selected Screenshots

The story
Screenshot from Knights of the Round
Title screen
Screenshot from Final Fight 3
Select character
Screenshot from Cadillacs and Dinosaurs
Title screen
Screenshot from Vigilante
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