50 Best Beat-em-up games

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The best 50 Beat-em-up games daily generated by our specialised A.I. comparing over 40 000 video games across all platforms for Android, IOS (iPhone / iPad), PS4 (Playstation 4), PS5 (Playstation 5), Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Switch, PC Windows, Mac OS, Linux, 3DS, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The order in this selection is not absolute, but the best games tends to be up in the list.

The latest addition in this selection are Dawn of Light released the 1 June 2021 and ranked #38, Itadaki Smash released the 20 May 2021 and ranked #25, Metamorphos released the 8 May 2021 and ranked #12.

1# One Finger Death Punch II - 2019

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The world's fastest brawler is back. Experience cinematic kung-fu in the most epic stickman fighter ever made. Staying true to the original, you play with only two buttons. Every press matters, do not button mash!

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Price: $5-$15

2# Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues - 2020

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Choose a side, master your moves, and embrace your destiny in an epic beat 'em up adventure inspired by the hit show. Take control of 8 playable characters with deep movesets, combos, progression, real-time character swaps, ultimate attacks, and much more!

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Price: Free

3# Colossus Down - 2020

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Join forces with Nika, MechaNika, Agatha and the Great Bleeding Pig in this peculiar and crazy mission of destruction of everything that isn't cool.

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Price: $5-$15

4# River City Girls - 2019

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There's trouble once again in River City, and this time only the girls can save the day! Using a variety of attacks, weapons, and items, these hot-blooded heroines are ready to teach the city’s lowlifes a lesson - either solo or in 2-player co-op! It’s an old-school rumble for a new generation!

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Price: $25-$40

5# Streets Of Rage 4 - 2020

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Amongst the best beat’em up series ever created, jammin’ ‘90s beats and over the top street fighting, the iconic series Streets of Rage comes back with a masterful tribute to and revitalization of the classic action fans adore.

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Price: $15-$25

6# 9 Monkeys of Shaolin - 2020

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9 Monkeys of Shaolin marks a true rebirth of the iconic brawler genre in vein of old-school video games. If, as a kid you had hours of fun playing SNES or SEGA beat 'em up videogames crushing foes left and right then this new title from the creators of hardcore brawler REDEEMER is definitely for you! As a mere Chinese fisherman Wei Cheng you have to avenge the death of your friends and family slaughtered in a pirate raid at your peaceful village. Game protagonist is quite a tough nut to crack as he knows the basics of ancient martial arts only mastered by legendary Shaolin monks. Get your trusty battle staff ready for a challenging adventure in Medieval China and for merciless fights with hordes of various enemies. Action-packed battles, user friendly controls and incredible atmosphere of great kung-fu movies of 70s – all this makes 9 Monkeys of Shaolin a perfect choice for every true fan of really hardcore brawlers.

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Price: $25-$40

7# Die for Valhalla! - 2018

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In the land of Vikings a monstrous portal has opened. The Great Old One is plotting to take over the world. Chaos spreads far and wide... and the party's just getting started! Novice Valkyries along with their new mysterious friend set out to save the world. What could possibly go wrong?

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Price: $5-$15

9# Bud Spencer & Terence Hill - Slaps And Beans - 2017

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Whether in the Western Saloon, Miami Downtown, at the fairground etc... you'll get the full load of funny conversation, slaps and of course lots of mass brawls. Slaps And Beans is a co-operative or single player scrolling beatem up game with the addition of platform elements and mini-games in which you'll interpret the characters of Bud Spencer and Terence Hill. The key ingredients of Slaps and Beans are: - Retro pixel art graphics - Bud Spencer & Terence Hill style fighting system - Co-op multiplayer - Mini-games - A red Dune Buggy with a yellow tarp - A lot of slaps and a lot of beans (obviously)

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Price: Free

11# Way of the Passive Fist - 2018

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Way of the Passive Fist is a unique and colorful arcade brawler. Parry, Dodge and Dash to outwit and outlast your enemies on a desolate planet ruled by raiders, mutants and fanatical sun worshipers. It's a new kind of tactical fighting in the licensed arcade brawler for the 90s cartoon you wish existed.

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Price: $15-$25

12# Metamorphos - 2021

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Take on the role of the temple’s guardian, awakened to cleanse the temple from an evil force corrupting it. Fight and dodge your way through a series of corrupted denizens, wildlife, and guardians to confront Nafaset, the Defiler, and restore the blessed oases.

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Price: Free

13# Paw Paw Paw - 2020

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Paw Paw Paw was a peaceful and prosperous kingdom. Until one day, when the King had decided to enforce everyone to wear pants. We are the resistance. We are the Antipants.

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Price: Free

16# Mother Russia Bleeds - 2016

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An old-fashioned beat 'em up with big doses of adrenaline and trippiness, somewhere between the classic style of Streets of Rage and the ultra-violence of Hotline Miami. Set in a cold, ruthless Soviet Union, Mother Russia Bleeds aims to conjure up anxiety, unease, and drug-addled frenzy.

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Price: $15-$25

17# Brawler - 2021

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Screenshot of the video game Brawler
Screenshot of the video game Brawler
Screenshot of the video game Brawler

Classic beat 'em up action brawling in gang-infested streets.

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Price: Free

18# Jay and Silent Bob: Mall Brawl - 2020

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Play as Jay and Silent Bob in a retro 8-bit sidescrolling brawler solo or with a friend. Pummel enemies with hard-hitting combos, dash attacks, and elbow drops as well as a random assortment of weapons as you battle your way out of the mall and back to the Quickstop.

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Price: Free

19# ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 4 - 2020

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ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 4 is the latest evolution of PIRATE WARRIORS action! Based on the concept of "experiencing a real ONE PIECE battlefield," buildings will come crashing down during the action and attacks will throw up smoke and dust, placing you in the thick of the ONE PIECE world!

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Price > $40

20# Paint the Town Red - 2015

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Paint the Town Red is a chaotic first person melee combat game set in different locations and time periods. The voxel-based enemies can be punched, bashed, kicked, stabbed and sliced completely dynamically using almost anything that isn't nailed down.

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Price: $5-$15

21# Beat Me! - 2020

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Beat Me! is a physics-based multiplayer game for up to 6 players. Play with comical fantasy characters in a wide variety of fun and surprising environments. Challenge your friends locally or beat others over the internet!

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Price: Free

22# Bloody Zombies - 2017

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Fight across the ruins of London using carefully refined Free-Form Combat, taking down a terrifying variety of mutated zombies with an expanding special move-set. Created for 1-4 players, for online and offline play, Bloody Zombies is also enhanced with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

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Price: $15-$25

24# Future Ninja - 2021

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In the year of 2077, Takahiro discovers energy beyond any measure, equipped with an energy sword and a strong will to become the true ninja hero we all deserve, he jumps out to the worst and most dangerous places of the city...

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Price: Free

25# Itadaki Smash - 2021

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Itadaki Smash™ is a Beat 'em Up game that pays tribute to the classics of the genre. Gain new skills and revive the spirit of the arcade by unleashing an arsenal of combos, throws and special attacks.

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Price: Free

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