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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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Kung' Fu Master1990Game BoyIrem America Corp.3.38
Undercover Cops1992Arcade, SNESIrem Corp.4.40
Spartan X 21991NESIrem Corp.3.83
The Peace Keepers1993SNESJaleco USA, Inc.3.29
Rival Turf1992SNES, WiiJaleco USA, Inc.3.30
DJ Boy1989Arcade, GenesisKaneko USA, Ltd.2.67
Crime Fighters1989ArcadeKonami Industry Co. Ltd.3.83
The Adventures of Bayou Billy1988NESKonami, Inc.2.63
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The HyperStone Heist1992GenesisKonami, Inc.3.81
Batman Returns1993SNESKonami (America), Inc.4.28
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time1991Arcade, SNESKonami, Inc.3.93
X-Men1992Android, Arcade, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.97
The Simpsons1991Arcade, Commodore 64, DOS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami, Inc.3.62
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus2004GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.39
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles2003Game Boy AdvanceKonami of America, Inc.3.93
Batman Returns1993NESKonami, Inc.3.57
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.76
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project1991NESKonami of America, Inc.3.92
Noitu Love 2: Devolution2008WindowsKonjak3.13
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Stone Protectors1994SNESKotobuki System Co., Ltd.4.36
Wolverine: Adamantium Rage1994SNESLJN, Ltd.2.39
Battletoads in Battlemaniacs1993SEGA Master System, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.35
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Selected Covers

X-Men Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for X-Men
Kung' Fu Master Game Boy Front Cover
Front cover for Kung' Fu Master

Selected Screenshots

Magneto
Screenshot from X-Men
Title screen
Screenshot from Spartan X 2
Title screen
Screenshot from The Peace Keepers