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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
Hook1992ArcadeIrem Corp.3.67
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The HyperStone Heist1992GenesisKonami, Inc.3.78
Final Fight Guy1992SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.39
Astérix1992ArcadeKonami Co., Ltd.4.17
Toxic Crusaders1992NESBandai America, Inc.2.75
Rival Turf1992SNES, WiiJaleco USA, Inc.3.30
Mutation Nation1992Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK of America3.20
Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder1992ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.4.25
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.4.50
Riot1992Atari 8-bitDomain Software2.60
Toxic Crusaders1992GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.33
Motörhead1992Amiga, Atari STVirgin Games, Inc.2.68
Janggun-ui Adeul1992SEGA Master SystemDaou Infosys Corp....
Batman Returns1992LynxAtari Corporation2.65
Cosmo Police Galivan II: Arrow of Justice1993SNESNihon Bussan Co., Ltd.2.50
Splatterhouse 31993GenesisNamco Hometek Inc.3.77
Mighty Final Fight1993NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.52
Ninja Baseball Bat Man1993ArcadeIrem America Corp.4.33
The Peace Keepers1993SNESJaleco USA, Inc.3.11
The Punisher1993Arcade, GenesisCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.94
Streets of Rage 21993Arcade, Game Gear, Genesis, iPhone, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.86
Anett Futatabi1993SEGA CDWolf Team3.71
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon R1993SNESBandai Co., Ltd.4.50
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Selected Covers

Mighty Final Fight NES Front Cover
Front cover for Mighty Final Fight
Toxic Crusaders Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Toxic Crusaders
Streets of Rage 2 Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Streets of Rage 2
Splatterhouse 3 Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Splatterhouse 3
Undercover Cops SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Undercover Cops

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Mighty Final Fight
Title screen
Screenshot from Ninja Baseball Bat Man
Title screen (shown before any coins are inserted)
Screenshot from Hook
Title screen
Screenshot from Toxic Crusaders
Skate Beat Down
Screenshot from Streets of Rage 2