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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Thundercats1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumElite Systems Ltd.3.29
Double Dragon EX2005J2MEBandai America, Inc.3.69
Pee & Gity Special1994DOSFamily Production4.40
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.1.96
Dark Judgement1997WindowsFrankenstein Studio...
Combo Crew2013Android, iPad, iPhoneGame Bakers, The4.14
Guerrière Lyewärd1990Sharp X68000Technopolis Soft1.00
Great Legends: Vikings2007BREW, J2MEGlobalFun AB...
Renegade1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 4, SEGA Master System, Wii, Wii U, ZX SpectrumAksys Games Localization, Inc.3.22
Rival Turf1992SNES, Wii, Wii UHAMSTER Corporation3.30
Brawl Brothers1992SNES, Wii, Wii UHAMSTER Corporation4.00
Double Dragon1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Genesis, Lynx, MSX, NES, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 4, SEGA Master System, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumActivision, Inc.3.81
Kishin Dōji Zenki FX: Vajra Fight1995PC-FXHudson Soft Company, Ltd.3.58
Riot Zone1993TurboGrafx CD, WiiHudson Soft Company, Ltd.2.67
Py & Gity 2: The Industrial Age1996DOSHyundai...
Renegade III: The Final Chapter1989Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MSX, ZX SpectrumImagine Software2.83
Target: Renegade1988Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, NES, ZX SpectrumTaito America Corporation3.11
Kick-Ass 22014PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Freedom Factory Studios1.29
Galaxy Deka Gayvan1993TurboGrafx CDIntec Inc....
Franko: The Crazy Revenge1994Amiga, DOSIQ Publishing2.41
Spartan X 21991NESIrem Corp.3.83
Ninja Baseball Bat Man1993ArcadeIrem America Corp.4.33
Kung' Fu Master1990Game BoyIrem America Corp.3.05
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Selected Covers

Surf Ninjas Amiga CD32 Front Cover
Front cover for Surf Ninjas
Great Legends: Vikings J2ME Front Cover
Front cover for Great Legends: Vikings
Rival Turf SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Rival Turf

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Surf Ninjas
Pee & Gity
Screenshot from Pee & Gity Special
Main menu
Screenshot from Great Legends: Vikings
Company logo
Screenshot from Rival Turf