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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Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom1993ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.56
Dynamite Cop!1999Arcade, DreamcastSEGA of America, Inc.3.51
Dynamite Düx1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, SEGA Master System, ZX SpectrumActivision (UK) Limited2.01
Dynasty Wars1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, TurboGrafx CD, ZX SpectrumCapcom U.S.A., Inc.1.85
Edge1993PC-98Technical Group Laboratory, Inc.5.00
Eojjeonji Joheun Il-i Saenggil Geot Gateun Jeonyeok1997DOSKorea Media Link...
Fallen Angel1989Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumScreen 7 Ltd.3.94
The Fantastic Four1997PlayStationAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.93
Fighting Force1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsCrave Entertainment, Inc.3.19
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
Final Fight 21993SNES, Wii, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.50
Final Fight 31995SNES, Wii, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.75
Final Fight Guy1992SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.39
Fist Puncher2013Linux, Macintosh, Ouya, Windows, Xbox 360Adult Swim2.29
Franko: The Crazy Revenge1994Amiga, DOSIQ Publishing2.41
Freddy Hardest in South Manhattan1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumDinamic Software3.05
Galaxy Deka Gayvan1993TurboGrafx CDIntec Inc....
Gear Senshi Dendoh2001PlayStationBandai Co., Ltd.4.20
Gekido Advance: Kintaro's Revenge2003Game Boy AdvanceZOO Digital Publishing Ltd3.83
Ghost Chaser Densei1994SNESBanpresto Co., Ltd.4.00
Golden Axe1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, iPhone, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Windows, WonderSwan Color, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumSEGA Corporation3.59
Golden Axe II1991Arcade, Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.88
Golden Axe III1993Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.72
Golden Axe Myth2011Windows4.33
Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder1992ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.4.25
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Selected Covers

Golden Axe II Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Golden Axe II
Golden Axe Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Golden Axe
Ghost Chaser Densei SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Ghost Chaser Densei
Final Fight Guy SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Final Fight Guy
Fighting Force Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Fighting Force

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Galaxy Deka Gayvan
Intro
Screenshot from Golden Axe II
Title screen
Screenshot from Golden Axe
Our heroes
Screenshot from Ghost Chaser Densei