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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
Hobo2008BrowserArmor Games Inc.2.85
After the War1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumDinamic Software2.88
Operation: Cleanstreets1988Amiga, Atari ST, DOSBrøderbund Software, Inc.2.91
Double Dragon2009ZeeboTectoy S.A.2.91
Fallen Angel1989Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumScreen 7 Ltd.3.94
Sonic Blast Man1992SNESTaito America Corporation2.96
Lethal Weapon1993Game Boy, NESOcean of America, Inc.2.98
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.98
Black Belt1986SEGA Master SystemSEGA of America, Inc.3.00
Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Game Boy, Genesis, ZX SpectrumAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.04
Captain America and the Avengers1991Arcade, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESData East USA, Inc.3.05
Kung' Fu Master1990Game BoyIrem America Corp.3.05
Growl1991Arcade, GenesisTaito America Corporation3.05
The Rage2001WindowsMidas Interactive Entertainment Ltd.3.06
Crisis Beat1998PlayStationBandai Co., Ltd.3.07
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers1994Game BoyBandai America, Inc.3.08
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon1993Genesis, SNESAngel3.10
Cyber Police1996DOSBalance Games3.10
The Peace Keepers1993SNESJaleco USA, Inc.3.11
Target: Renegade1988Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, NES, ZX SpectrumTaito America Corporation3.11
Noitu Love 2: Devolution2008WindowsKonjak3.13
Advance Guardian Heroes2004Game Boy AdvanceUbisoft, Inc.3.13
Little Fighter1995DOS3.17
D. D. Crew1991ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.17
Vendetta1991ArcadeKonami, Inc.3.18
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Selected Covers

Kung' Fu Master Game Boy Front Cover
Front cover for Kung' Fu Master
Crisis Beat PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Crisis Beat
Growl Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Growl
Black Belt SEGA Master System Front Cover
Front cover for Black Belt

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Kung' Fu Master
Title screen
Screenshot from The Peace Keepers
Title screen.
Screenshot from Crisis Beat
Screenshot from Growl