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
Rival Turf1992SNES, Wii, Wii UHAMSTER Corporation3.30
Super Double Dragon1992SNESTradewest, Inc.3.92
Arabian Fight1992ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.2.67
Astérix1992ArcadeKonami Co., Ltd.4.08
Hook1992ArcadeIrem Corp.3.67
Motörhead1992Amiga, Atari STVirgin Games, Inc.2.68
Arabian Magic1992ArcadeTaito America Corporation...
Mutation Nation1992Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK of America3.88
Undercover Cops1992Arcade, SNESIrem Corp.4.40
Crash 'N the Boys: Street Challenge1992Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UAksys Games Localization, Inc.4.86
X-Men1992Android, Arcade, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.28
Janggun-ui Adeul1992SEGA Master SystemDaou Infosys Corp....
Guardians of the 'Hood1992ArcadeAtari Games Corporation3.61
Batman Returns1992LynxAtari Corporation2.65
Toxic Crusaders1992GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.33
Toxic Crusaders1992NESBandai America, Inc.2.75
Final Fight Guy1992SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.39
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The HyperStone Heist1992GenesisKonami, Inc.3.80
Batman Returns1993NESKonami, Inc.3.51
Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team1993Game Boy, Genesis, NES, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.76
Streets of Rage 21993Arcade, Game Gear, Genesis, iPhone, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.94
Golden Axe III1993Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.72
Final Fight 21993SNES, Wii, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.50
Battletoads in Battlemaniacs1993SEGA Master System, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.53
Mighty Final Fight1993NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.52
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Selected Covers

Toxic Crusaders Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Toxic Crusaders
Batman Returns NES Front Cover
Front cover for Batman Returns

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (shown before any coins are inserted)
Screenshot from Hook
Title screen
Screenshot from Toxic Crusaders
Title screen
Screenshot from Janggun-ui Adeul