GOG Deals: The Monstrous Winter Sale! New deals everyday on DRM-free games.

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.

Related Groups:
Viewing Page 4 of 12 (items 76-100 of 280) Previous | Next
Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Burning Fight1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.3.51
Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki da yo - Zenin Shūgō!1991Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UArc System Works Co., Ltd.4.30
The King of Dragons1991Arcade, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.81
Captain Commando1991Arcade, PlayStation, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.4.08
Pu•Li•Ru•La1991Arcade, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnTaito Corporation4.07
Double Dragon II1991Game BoyAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.27
Blade Master1991ArcadeIrem Corp....
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones1991NES, Wii UAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.48
B.Rap Boys1992ArcadeKaneko Co., Ltd....
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist1992GenesisKonami, Inc.3.84
Legionnaire1992ArcadeTad Corporation...
Funky Jet1992ArcadeMitchell Corporation...
X-Men1992Android, Arcade, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.27
Toxic Crusaders1992NESBandai America, Inc....
Guardians of the 'Hood1992ArcadeAtari Games Corporation...
Batman Returns1992LynxAtari Corporation2.65
Rival Turf1992SNES, Wii, Wii UHAMSTER Corporation3.37
Warrior Blade: Rastan Saga Episode III 1992ArcadeTaito Corporation...
Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder1992ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.4.17
Mutation Nation1992Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK of America3.88
Motörhead1992Amiga, Atari STVirgin Games, Inc.2.68
Arabian Magic1992ArcadeTaito America Corporation...
Riding Fight1992ArcadeTaito Corporation...
Hook1992ArcadeIrem Corp....
Riot1992Atari 8-bitDomain Software...
Goto Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12

Selected Covers

Rival Turf SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Rival Turf
Riot Atari 8-bit Front Cover
Front cover for Riot
Burning Fight Wii Front Cover
Front cover for Burning Fight
Captain Commando PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Captain Commando

Selected Screenshots

Without his fellow band members, Lemmy is forced to play the concert alone.
Screenshot from Motörhead
Screenshot from Mutation Nation
Splash screen
Screenshot from Batman Returns
Title screen (shown before any coins are inserted)
Screenshot from Hook
Game group created by Unicorn Lynx (174029), additional games added to group by Trypticon (10740), Rola (7766), Patrick Bregger (160404), POMAH (39678), Dawgbb (692), GTramp (50862), 666gonzo666 (55397), GreyCat (81), Victor Vance (6718), chirinea (38945), Scott Mowry, is_that_rain_or_tears (631), Infernos (13962), Flapco (7588), Psy-Crow (28), Sciere (393331), Kohler 86 (7295), Alaka (39332), Kabushi (165375), vileyn0id_8088 (17313), Lampbane (2533), Terok Nor (23168), JudgeDeadd (15946), Parf (7306), LepricahnsGold (123624), Crawly (1324) and vedder (20606)