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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
Fallen Angel1989Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumScreen 7 Ltd.3.94
Sonic Blast Man1992SNESTaito America Corporation2.96
Cyborg Justice1993GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.97
Batman Forever1996Arcade, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnAcclaim Coin-Operated Entertainment, Inc.3.00
Toxic Crusaders1992NESBandai America, Inc.3.00
The Rage2001WindowsMidas Interactive Entertainment Ltd.3.06
Black Belt1986SEGA Master SystemSEGA of America, Inc.3.06
Crisis Beat1998PlayStationBandai Co., Ltd.3.07
Operation: Cleanstreets1988Amiga, Atari ST, DOSBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.07
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon1993Genesis, SNESAngel3.10
Cyber Police1996DOSBalance Games3.10
The Peace Keepers1993SNESJaleco USA, Inc.3.11
Mystical Fighter1991GenesisDreamWorks3.12
Noitu Love 2: Devolution2008WindowsKonjak3.13
Advance Guardian Heroes2004Game Boy AdvanceUbisoft, Inc.3.13
Kung-Fu Master1984Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Commodore 64, NES, ZX SpectrumAbsolute Entertainment, Inc.3.14
Target: Renegade1988Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, NES, ZX SpectrumTaito America Corporation3.16
Little Fighter1995DOS3.17
Altered Beast1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, iPhone, MSX, NES, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx-16, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360, Zodiac, ZX SpectrumActivision, Inc.3.19
Fighting Force1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsCrave Entertainment, Inc.3.19
Zombie Smashers X2001WindowsTotally Screwed Software3.20
Mutation Nation1992Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK of America3.20
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Game Boy, Genesis, NES, ZX SpectrumAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.20
Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage1994Genesis, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.23
Lethal Weapon1993Game Boy, NESOcean of America, Inc.3.26
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Selected Covers

Sonic Blast Man SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Sonic Blast Man
Kung-Fu Master NES Front Cover
Front cover for Kung-Fu Master
Advance Guardian Heroes Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Advance Guardian Heroes
Operation: Cleanstreets Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Operation: Cleanstreets

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Sonic Blast Man
Title screen
Screenshot from Fallen Angel
Title screen
Screenshot from Kung-Fu Master
Title screen
Screenshot from Advance Guardian Heroes
Title screen
Screenshot from The Peace Keepers