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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Night Slashers1993ArcadeData East Corporation...
Kung-Fu Master1984Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Commodore 64, NES, ZX SpectrumAbsolute Entertainment, Inc.3.31
Captain America and the Avengers1991Arcade, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESData East USA, Inc.3.02
After the War1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumDinamic Software2.94
Freddy Hardest in South Manhattan1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumDinamic Software3.05
Disney Gravity Falls: Rumble's Revenge2013BrowserDisney Interactive Studios, Inc....
Riot1992Atari 8-bitDomain Software...
Mystical Fighter1991GenesisDreamWorks...
Fighting Force1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsCrave Entertainment, Inc.3.19
Battletoads1994ArcadeElectronic Arts, Inc.3.97
Mug Smashers1990ArcadeElectronic Devices SRL Italy...
Thundercats1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumElite Systems Ltd.3.29
Double Dragon EX2005J2MEBandai America, Inc....
Rock Zombie2014Wii U, Windows, Xbox OneEnjoyUp Games S.L....
Pee & Gity Special1994DOSFamily Production...
Mad Stalker: Full Metal Force1994FM Towns, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CDFamily Soft Co., Ltd....
Surf Ninjas1994Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSCapstone Software3.59
The Tick1994Genesis, SNESFox Interactive, Inc.2.03
Dark Judgement1997WindowsFrankenstein Studio...
Combo Crew2013Android, iPad, iPhoneGame Bakers, The...
Guerrière Lyewärd1990Sharp X68000Technopolis Soft...
Great Legends: Vikings2007BREW, J2MEGlobalFun AB...
Double Dragon II: The Revenge1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, MSX, NES, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 4, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Wii U, ZX SpectrumAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.73
Brawl Brothers1992SNES, Wii, Wii UHAMSTER Corporation4.00
Rival Turf1992SNES, Wii, Wii UHAMSTER Corporation3.37
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Selected Covers

After the War ZX Spectrum Front Cover
Front cover for After the War
Great Legends: Vikings J2ME Front Cover
Front cover for Great Legends: Vikings
Rock Zombie Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Rock Zombie

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Battletoads
Title screen
Screenshot from Mystical Fighter
Title screen
Screenshot from Guerrière Lyewärd
Start screen
Screenshot from Mug Smashers
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