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
Burning Fight1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.3.51
The Simpsons1991Arcade, Commodore 64, DOS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami, Inc.3.88
The King of Dragons1991Arcade, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.81
Running Battle1991SEGA Master SystemSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Captain Commando1991Arcade, PlayStation, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.4.08
Battletoads1991Game BoyTradewest, Inc.3.64
Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki da yo - Zenin Shūgō!1991Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UArc System Works Co., Ltd.4.30
Mutation Nation1992Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK of America3.88
Motörhead1992Amiga, Atari STVirgin Games, Inc.2.68
Warriors of Fate1992Arcade, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCapcom U.S.A., Inc....
Big Fight1992ArcadeTatsumi Electronics Co., Ltd....
Riding Fight1992ArcadeTaito Corporation...
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist1992GenesisKonami, Inc.3.84
Undercover Cops1992Arcade, SNESIrem Corp.4.23
Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder1992ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.4.17
Funky Jet1992ArcadeMitchell Corporation...
Riot1992Atari 8-bitDomain Software...
Legionnaire1992ArcadeTad Corporation...
Sonic Blast Man1992SNESTaito America Corporation2.96
Toxic Crusaders1992GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.33
Janggun-ui Adeul1992SEGA Master SystemDaou Infosys Corp....
Brawl Brothers1992SNES, Wii, Wii UHAMSTER Corporation4.00
Crash 'N the Boys: Street Challenge1992Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UAksys Games Localization, Inc.4.40
Super Double Dragon1992SNESTradewest, Inc.4.12
Batman Returns1992LynxAtari Corporation2.65
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Selected Covers

The Simpsons DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Simpsons
Toxic Crusaders Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Toxic Crusaders
Super Double Dragon SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Super Double Dragon
Brawl Brothers SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Brawl Brothers

Selected Screenshots

Start screen
Screenshot from Riding Fight
Screenshot from The Simpsons
Title screen
Screenshot from Janggun-ui Adeul
Title screen
Screenshot from Toxic Crusaders
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