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 Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Streets of Rage1991Arcade, Game Gear, Genesis, iPhone, Nintendo 3DS, SEGA Master System, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.98
Sengoku1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, PlayStation 4, SEGA CD, SNES, Wii, Xbox OneD4 Enterprise, Inc.2.62
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project1991NESKonami of America, Inc.4.19
Riot City1991ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Running Battle1991SEGA Master SystemSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Blade Master1991ArcadeIrem Corp....
D. D. Crew1991ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
X-Men1992Android, Arcade, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.27
Funky Jet1992ArcadeMitchell Corporation...
Sonic Blast Man1992SNESTaito America Corporation2.96
Brawl Brothers1992SNES, Wii, Wii UHAMSTER Corporation4.00
Super Double Dragon1992SNESTradewest, Inc.4.11
Toxic Crusaders1992NESBandai America, Inc....
Guardians of the 'Hood1992ArcadeAtari Games Corporation...
Rival Turf1992SNES, Wii, Wii UHAMSTER Corporation3.37
Warrior Blade: Rastan Saga Episode III 1992ArcadeTaito Corporation...
Janggun-ui Adeul1992SEGA Master SystemDaou Infosys Corp....
Warriors of Fate1992Arcade, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCapcom U.S.A., Inc....
Mutation Nation1992Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK of America3.88
Arabian Magic1992ArcadeTaito America Corporation...
Hook1992ArcadeIrem Corp....
Riding Fight1992ArcadeTaito Corporation...
Astérix1992ArcadeKonami Co., Ltd....
Legionnaire1992ArcadeTad Corporation...
Undercover Cops1992Arcade, SNESIrem Corp.4.23
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Selected Covers

Super Double Dragon SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Super Double Dragon
X-Men Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for X-Men
Brawl Brothers SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Brawl Brothers
Undercover Cops SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Undercover Cops

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Super Double Dragon
Start screen
Screenshot from Warriors of Fate
Screenshot from Arabian Magic
Title screen
Screenshot from Janggun-ui Adeul
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