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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
Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon1995ArcadeBanpresto Co., Ltd.4.33
Batman Forever1995Game Boy, Game GearAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.2.52
Ane-san1995TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd.2.75
Iron Commando: Kotetsu no Senshi1995SNESPoppo Co., Ltd.3.25
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995SNESBandai America, Inc.4.17
Final Fight 31995SNES, Wii, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.75
Renny Blaster1995TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd....
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.77
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995Game BoyBandai America, Inc.3.84
Jim Lee's WildC.A.T.S: Covert Action Teams1995SNESPlaymates Interactive Entertainment, Inc.2.50
Venom • Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety1995Genesis, SNES, WindowsAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.45
Darkside Story1995DOSSKC Soft Land...
Gourmet Sentai: Bara Yarou1995SNESVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Japan), Inc.4.00
Little Fighter1995DOS3.17
X-Perts1995GenesisDeep Water2.07
Pee & Gity Special1994DOSFamily Production4.40
Nekketsu Oyako1994PlayStation, SEGA SaturnTechnosoft Co., Ltd.4.00
The Death and Return of Superman1994Genesis, SNESSun Corporation of America3.39
Mad Stalker: Full Metal Force1994FM Towns, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CDFamily Soft Co., Ltd....
Kaze Kiri1994TurboGrafx CDNaxat Soft...
Alien vs. Predator1994ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.10
The Pirates of Dark Water1994SNESSun Corporation2.60
Battletoads1994ArcadeElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Streets of Rage 31994Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.79
X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse1994SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.71
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Selected Covers

X-Perts Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for X-Perts
Streets of Rage 3 Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Streets of Rage 3
Final Fight 3 SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Final Fight 3

Selected Screenshots

Sega logo gets a kick from Shadow :-)
Screenshot from X-Perts
Title screen
Screenshot from Little Fighter
Title screen
Screenshot from Darkside Story
Dr. Zan electrocutes Zack
Screenshot from Streets of Rage 3