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 Demon Skin released the 13 April 2021 and ranked #37, Blind Shot released the 30 March 2021 and ranked #36, Retro Classix: Bad Dudes released the 2 March 2021 and ranked #27.

1# 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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2# 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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3# 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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4# 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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5# 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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7# 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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8# 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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9# 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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10# 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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11# Calico - 2020

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Calico is a day-in-the-life community sim game where you are given an important and adorable task: rebuild the town’s cat café and fill it with cute and cuddly creatures! Build up your café by filling it with cute furniture, fun decorations, yummy pastries, and get it bustling with animals again!

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12# 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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14# 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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17# 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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18# Dungeon Punks - 2016

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Dungeon Punks is an old-school arcade beat-em-up, packed with new features like tag-team fighting gameplay and an RPG adventure! Nothing beats the thrill of freeze-blasting foes with a genie, as your dwarf tags in to incinerate them with bombs and napalm.

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19# Dusk Diver - 2019

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When an unstable dimensional rift brings together Gods, Phantoms and Humans - headstrong highschool girl Yang Yumo must step up to protect the neighbourhood. Fight alongside your guardians as part of a dynamic action-oriented combat system and expand your abilities by immersing yourself in the bustling streets, stores, personalities and even cuisines of Taipei. Online features require an account and are subject to terms of service and applicable privacy policy (playstationnetwork.com/terms-of-service & playstationnetwork.com/privacy-policy).

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20# Fatal Fight - 2016

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The legendary “two click” fighting technique returns! Get ready for even more explosive martial action with lavish, detailed graphics, stunning special effects, diverse enemies and environments.

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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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23# One Finger Death Punch 2 - 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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25# 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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