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 orderUser Score
Cyborg Justice1993GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.83
Ninja Gaiden1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Lynx, Wii, ZX SpectrumAtari Corporation2.83
X-Men: The Official Game2006Game Boy AdvanceActivision Publishing, Inc....
Legionnaire1992ArcadeTad Corporation...
Hobo2008BrowserArmor Games Inc....
Lethal Weapon1993Game Boy, NESOcean of America, Inc.2.88
Batman Forever1995DOS, Genesis, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.2.88
Arabian Fight1992ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.2.89
Operation: Cleanstreets1988Amiga, Atari ST, DOSBrøderbund Software, Inc.2.91
Double Dragon2009ZeeboTectoy S.A....
Fallen Angel1989Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumScreen 7 Ltd.3.94
After the War1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumDinamic Software2.94
Sonic Blast Man1992SNESTaito America Corporation2.96
Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Game Boy, Genesis, ZX SpectrumAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.2.99
Funky Jet1992ArcadeMitchell Corporation...
Ninja Combat1990Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc....
B.Rap Boys1992ArcadeKaneko Co., Ltd....
Eojjeonji Joheun Il-i Saenggil Geot Gateun Jeonyeok1997DOSKorea Media Link...
Spyborgs2009WiiCapcom Entertainment, Inc....
Captain America and the Avengers1991Arcade, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESData East USA, Inc.3.01
Double Dragon Neon2012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Majesco Entertainment Company3.02
Target: Renegade1988Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, NES, ZX SpectrumTaito America Corporation3.05
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers1994Game BoyBandai America, Inc....
The Rage2001WindowsMidas Interactive Entertainment Ltd.3.06
Crisis Beat1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPBandai Co., Ltd.3.07
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Selected Covers

Ninja Combat Neo Geo Front Cover
Front cover for Ninja Combat
Crisis Beat PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Crisis Beat
Batman Forever DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Batman Forever
Operation: Cleanstreets Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Operation: Cleanstreets
Lethal Weapon NES Front Cover
Front cover for Lethal Weapon

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Ninja Combat
Title screen.
Screenshot from Crisis Beat
Title Screen
Screenshot from Batman Forever
Title
Screenshot from Operation: Cleanstreets
Title Screen.
Screenshot from Arabian Fight
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