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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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
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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.3.23
Iron Commando: Kotetsu no Senshi1995SNESPoppo Co., Ltd....
Bad Street Brawler1987Commodore 64, DOS, NES, ZX SpectrumMattel Electronics3.27
Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage1994Genesis, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.29
Thundercats1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumElite Systems Ltd.3.29
Vendetta1991ArcadeKonami, Inc....
Kung-Fu Master1984Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Commodore 64, NES, ZX SpectrumAbsolute Entertainment, Inc.3.31
64th. Street: A Detective Story1991Arcade, iPhoneDotEmu SAS3.32
The Death and Return of Superman1994Genesis, SNESSun Corporation of America3.32
Robo Army1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK Corporation of America...
Rival Turf1992SNES, Wii, Wii UHAMSTER Corporation3.37
Final Fight Guy1992SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.39
Brawlin' Sailor2013BrowserMajor Bueno...
Vigilante1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MSX, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx-16, Wii, Wii U, ZX SpectrumData East USA, Inc.3.44
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Selected Covers

Rival Turf SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Rival Turf
Brawlin' Sailor Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Brawlin' Sailor
Renegade ZX Spectrum Front Cover
Front cover for Renegade
Kung' Fu Master Game Boy Front Cover
Front cover for Kung' Fu Master
Fighting Force Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Fighting Force

Selected Screenshots

Company logo
Screenshot from Rival Turf
Intro
Screenshot from Vendetta
Title screen
Screenshot from Brawlin' Sailor
Title
Screenshot from Renegade
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