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
X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse1994SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.71
Knights of the Round1991Arcade, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.71
Marvel Super Heroes in War of the Gems1996SNESCapcom Co., Ltd.3.80
The King of Dragons1991Arcade, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.77
Final Fight 21993SNES, Wii, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.50
Final Fight 31995SNES, Wii, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.75
Final Fight1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Game Boy Advance, iPhone, SEGA CD, Sharp X68000, SNES, Wii, Wii U, ZX SpectrumCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.88
Mighty Final Fight1993NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.52
Spyborgs2009WiiCapcom Entertainment, Inc....
Captain Commando1991Arcade, PlayStation, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.4.14
The Punisher1993Arcade, GenesisCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.95
Dynasty Wars1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, TurboGrafx CD, ZX SpectrumCapcom U.S.A., Inc.1.85
Dragon Sisters2005PlayStation 2D3Publisher Inc....
Janggun-ui Adeul1992SEGA Master SystemDaou Infosys Corp....
Bad Dudes1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, Zeebo, ZX SpectrumData East USA, Inc.3.78
Captain America and the Avengers1991Arcade, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESData East USA, Inc.3.05
Night Slashers1993ArcadeData East Corporation3.62
Vigilante1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MSX, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx-16, Wii, Wii U, ZX SpectrumData East USA, Inc.3.43
Freddy Hardest in South Manhattan1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumDinamic Software3.05
After the War1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumDinamic Software2.88
Riot1992Atari 8-bitDomain Software2.60
64th Street: A Detective Story1991Arcade, iPhoneDotEmu SAS3.33
Mystical Fighter1991GenesisDreamWorks3.19
Fighting Force1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsCrave Entertainment, Inc.3.19
Battletoads1994ArcadeElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
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Selected Covers

Final Fight Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Final Fight
After the War ZX Spectrum Front Cover
Front cover for After the War
Fighting Force Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Fighting Force

Selected Screenshots

Riot
Screenshot from Final Fight
Story
Screenshot from Night Slashers
Loading screen
Screenshot from After the War
With names like Hawk, Mace, and Smasher, it's hard to decide who's deadliest....
Screenshot from Fighting Force
Title screen
Screenshot from Battletoads