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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
Vendetta1991ArcadeKonami, Inc.3.18
Mystical Fighter1991GenesisDreamWorks3.19
Fighting Force1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsCrave Entertainment, Inc.3.19
Zombie Smashers X2001WindowsTotally Screwed Software3.20
Renegade1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, Nintendo 3DS, SEGA Master System, Wii, Wii U, ZX SpectrumAksys Games Localization, Inc.3.22
Iron Commando: Kotetsu no Senshi1995SNESPoppo Co., Ltd.3.25
Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage1994Genesis, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.27
Bad Street Brawler1987Commodore 64, DOS, NES, ZX SpectrumMattel Electronics3.29
Thundercats1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumElite Systems Ltd.3.29
Rival Turf1992SNES, WiiJaleco USA, Inc.3.30
64th Street: A Detective Story1991Arcade, iPhoneDotEmu SAS3.33
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones1991NESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.34
Kung-Fu Master1984Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Commodore 64, NES, ZX SpectrumAbsolute Entertainment, Inc.3.35
Robo Army1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK Corporation of America3.36
The Death and Return of Superman1994Genesis, SNESSun Corporation of America3.39
Final Fight Guy1992SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.39
Brawlin' Sailor2013BrowserMajor Bueno3.40
Altered Beast1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, iPhone, MSX, NES, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx-16, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360, Zodiac, ZX SpectrumActivision, Inc.3.42
Venom • Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety1995Genesis, SNES, WindowsAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.45
Three Dirty Dwarves1996SEGA Saturn, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.46
Sengoku 32001Arcade, Neo Geo, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.3.47
Vigilante1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MSX, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx-16, Wii, Wii U, ZX SpectrumData East USA, Inc.3.48
Final Fight 21993SNES, Wii, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.50
Pu-Li-Ru-La1991Arcade, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnTaito Corporation3.50
Dynamite Cop!1999Arcade, DreamcastSEGA of America, Inc.3.51
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Selected Covers

Final Fight 2 SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Final Fight 2
Kung-Fu Master NES Front Cover
Front cover for Kung-Fu Master
Vigilante SEGA Master System Front Cover
Front cover for Vigilante
Renegade ZX Spectrum Front Cover
Front cover for Renegade

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Final Fight 2
Title screen
Screenshot from Kung-Fu Master
Intro
Screenshot from Vendetta
Title screen
Screenshot from Vigilante