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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.

  • 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 orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Lethal Weapon1993Game Boy, NESOcean of America, Inc.3.26
Batman Returns1993NESKonami, Inc.3.57
Mighty Final Fight1993NES, Nintendo 3DSCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.58
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon R1993SNESBandai Co., Ltd.4.50
The Punisher1993Arcade, GenesisCapcom U.S.A., Inc.4.11
Alien Vs. Predator1993SNESActivision, Inc.2.48
Streets of Rage 21993Game Gear, Genesis, iPhone, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.77
Splatterhouse 31993GenesisNamco Hometek Inc.3.86
Galaxy Deka Gayvan1993TurboGrafx CDIntec Inc....
Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team1993Game Boy, Genesis, NES, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.73
Anett Futatabi1993SEGA CDWolf Team3.27
The Peace Keepers1993SNESJaleco USA, Inc.3.29
Riot Zone1993TurboGrafx CD, WiiHudson Soft Company, Ltd.2.67
Batman Returns1993SNESKonami (America), Inc.4.28
Cyborg Justice1993GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.3.10
Golden Axe III1993Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.72
Edge1993PC-98Technical Group Laboratory, Inc.5.00
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers1994Game BoyBandai America, Inc.4.00
Xi You Ji1994DOSPanda Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd.3.70
The Tick1994Genesis, SNESFox Interactive, Inc.1.89
The Death and Return of Superman1994Genesis, SNESSun Corporation of America3.30
Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage1994Genesis, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.23
Streets of Rage 31994Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.66
X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse1994SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.62
Stone Protectors1994SNESKotobuki System Co., Ltd.4.36
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Selected Covers

Streets of Rage 3 Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Streets of Rage 3
Splatterhouse 3 Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Splatterhouse 3
Mighty Final Fight NES Front Cover
Front cover for Mighty Final Fight
Batman Returns NES Front Cover
Front cover for Batman Returns

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from The Tick
Dr. Zan electrocutes Zack
Screenshot from Streets of Rage 3
Title Screen
Screenshot from Stone Protectors
Title screen
Screenshot from Splatterhouse 3
Title Screen
Screenshot from Mighty Final Fight