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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 Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Toxic Crusaders1992NESBandai America, Inc.2.75
Rival Turf1992SNES, WiiJaleco USA, Inc.3.30
Mutation Nation1992Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK of America3.88
Undercover Cops1992Arcade, SNESIrem Corp.4.40
Shodai: Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun1992SNESTechnos Japan Corp.3.89
Crash 'N the Boys: Street Challenge1992Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UAksys Games Localization, Inc.4.86
Motörhead1992Amiga, Atari STVirgin Games, Inc.2.68
Batman Returns1992LynxAtari Corporation2.65
X-Men1992Android, Arcade, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.28
Janggun-ui Adeul1992SEGA Master SystemDaou Infosys Corp....
Toxic Crusaders1992GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.33
Riot1992Atari 8-bitDomain Software2.60
Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder1992ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.4.25
Arabian Fight1992ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.2.67
Astérix1992ArcadeKonami Co., Ltd.4.08
Hook1992ArcadeIrem Corp.3.67
Arabian Magic1992ArcadeTaito America Corporation...
Guardians of the 'Hood1992ArcadeAtari Games Corporation3.61
Streets of Rage 21993Arcade, Game Gear, Genesis, iPhone, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.94
Lethal Weapon1993Game Boy, NESOcean of America, Inc.2.98
Alien Vs. Predator1993SNESActivision, Inc.2.69
Mighty Final Fight1993NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.52
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon R1993SNESBandai Co., Ltd.4.50
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon1993Genesis, SNESAngel3.10
Batman Returns1993SNESKonami (America), Inc.4.35
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Selected Covers

X-Men Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for X-Men
Streets of Rage 2 Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Streets of Rage 2
Toxic Crusaders Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Toxic Crusaders

Selected Screenshots

Without his fellow band members, Lemmy is forced to play the concert alone.
Screenshot from Motörhead
Magneto
Screenshot from X-Men
Title
Screenshot from Arabian Magic
Title screen
Screenshot from Lethal Weapon