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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 orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Little Fighter1995DOS3.17
Ane-san1995TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd.2.75
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995Game BoyBandai America, Inc.4.23
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.46
Iron Commando: Kotetsu no Senshi1995SNESPoppo Co., Ltd.3.25
Jim Lee's WildC.A.T.S: Covert Action Teams1995SNESPlaymates Interactive Entertainment, Inc.2.50
Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon1995ArcadeBanpresto Co., Ltd.4.33
Kishin Dōji Zenki FX: Vajra Fight1995PC-FXHudson Soft Company, Ltd.3.58
Darkside Story1995DOSSKC Soft Land...
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995SNESBandai America, Inc.4.00
The Pirates of Dark Water1994SNESSun Corporation2.60
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.3.28
Streets of Rage 31994Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.66
X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse1994SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.71
Stone Protectors1994SNESKotobuki System Co., Ltd.4.00
Wolverine: Adamantium Rage1994SNESLJN, Ltd.2.39
Franko: The Crazy Revenge1994Amiga, DOSIQ Publishing2.41
The Ninja Warriors1994SNESTaito Corporation3.92
Sonic Blast Man II1994SNESTaito America Corporation4.20
Shin Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun: Kunio-tachi no Banka1994SNESTechnos Japan Corp.4.61
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft...
Pee & Gity Special1994DOSFamily Production4.40
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Selected Covers

X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse SNES Front Cover
Front cover for X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse
Xi You Ji DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Xi You Ji
Sonic Blast Man II SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Sonic Blast Man II

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse
Title screen
Screenshot from Xi You Ji