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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
Growl1991Arcade, GenesisTaito America Corporation3.07
Black Belt1986SEGA Master SystemSEGA of America, Inc.3.08
Cyber Police1996DOSBalance Games...
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.3.10
The Peace Keepers1993SNESJaleco USA, Inc....
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon1993Genesis, SNESAngel3.11
Kung' Fu Master1990Game BoyIrem America Corp.3.12
Noitu Love 2: Devolution2008Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, WindowsMP2 Games...
Advance Guardian Heroes2004Game Boy AdvanceUbisoft, Inc.3.13
Fullmetal Alchemist: Iron & Flame2005BrowserAdult Swim...
Little Fighter1995DOS...
Mystical Fighter1991GenesisDreamWorks...
Fighting Force1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsCrave Entertainment, Inc.3.19
Zombie Smashers X2001WindowsTotally Screwed Software...
Renegade1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 4, SEGA Master System, Thomson MO, Wii, Wii U, ZX SpectrumAksys Games Localization, Inc.3.20
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.3.20
Bad Street Brawler1987Commodore 64, DOS, NES, ZX SpectrumMattel Electronics3.20
Riot Zone1993TurboGrafx CD, WiiHudson Soft Company, Ltd....
Gang Wars1989Arcade, PlayStation 3, PSPSNK Playmore USA Corp....
Iron Commando: Kotetsu no Senshi1995SNESPoppo Co., Ltd....
Altered Beast2005PlayStation 2SEGA Europe Ltd....
Double Dragon II1991Game BoyAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.27
Surf Ninjas1994Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSCapstone Software3.28
Thundercats1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumElite Systems Ltd.3.29
Vendetta1991ArcadeKonami, Inc....
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Selected Covers

Double Dragon II Game Boy Front Cover
Front cover for Double Dragon II
Riot Zone Wii Front Cover
Front cover for Riot Zone
Advance Guardian Heroes Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Advance Guardian Heroes
Growl Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Growl
Noitu Love 2: Devolution Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Noitu Love 2: Devolution

Selected Screenshots

Ishrall makes her appearance on the introduction scene
Screenshot from Cyber Police
Main menu
Screenshot from Zombie Smashers X
Title Screen
Screenshot from Double Dragon II
Title screen
Screenshot from Riot Zone
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