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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.

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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Kishin Dōji Zenki FX: Vajra Fight1995PC-FXHudson Soft Company, Ltd.3.58
Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon1995ArcadeBanpresto Co., Ltd.4.33
Batman Forever1995Game Boy, Game GearAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.2.52
Little Fighter1995DOS3.17
Final Fight 31995SNES, Wii, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.75
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995SNESBandai America, Inc.4.17
Venom • Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety1995Genesis, SNES, WindowsAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.45
Darkside Story1995DOSSKC Soft Land...
Renny Blaster1995TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd....
X-Perts1995GenesisDeep Water2.07
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.98
Ane-san1995TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd.2.75
Gourmet Sentai: Bara Yarou1995SNESVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Japan), Inc.4.00
Batman Forever1995DOS, Genesis, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.2.81
Jim Lee's WildC.A.T.S: Covert Action Teams1995SNESPlaymates Interactive Entertainment, Inc.2.50
Nekketsu Oyako1994PlayStation, SEGA SaturnTechnosoft Co., Ltd.4.00
Wolverine: Adamantium Rage1994SNESLJN, Ltd.2.39
Franko: The Crazy Revenge1994Amiga, DOSIQ Publishing2.41
Stone Protectors1994SNESKotobuki System Co., Ltd.4.00
The Ninja Warriors1994SNESTaito Corporation3.92
Sonic Blast Man II1994SNESTaito America Corporation4.20
X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse1994SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.71
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers1994Game BoyBandai America, Inc.3.08
Mutant Rampage: Bodyslam1994CD-iPhilips Interactive Media, Inc....
Streets of Rage 31994Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.79
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Selected Covers

Batman Forever DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Batman Forever
Sonic Blast Man II SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Sonic Blast Man II

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Little Fighter
Title Screen
Screenshot from Batman Forever
Title screen
Screenshot from Renny Blaster