The Best Beat-em-up Games for Mac OS

Update : 3D PUZZLE - Hospital 2 added at rank #33.
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Streets of Rage 4 (2020)

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Streets of Rage 4 is the long awaited fourth entry into the classic Sega franchise. It features a blend of old and new, with classic characters such as Axel and Adam Hunter returning alongside a new main character, Cherry. All characters have unique playstyles, from Axel's powerful punches to Cherry's speedy strikes. There are tons of unlockables to discover and it has an amazing soundtrack.


What we like:
  • Satisfying combat
  • Incredible music and visuals
  • Tons to unlock
  • Simple yet rewarding combat mechanics
What could be improved:
  • Lack of 4 player online
  • Occasionally too easy to get cornered

  • brawler
  • boss
  • cooperative
  • beat-em-up
  • combo
  • retro
  • classic
  • side-scrolling
  • fight
  • old-school
  • arcade
  • online
  • hand-drawn
  • crime
  • combat

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The friends of Ringo Ishikawa (2018)

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Xbox One Mac OS Nintendo Switch PC Windows

The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa is a unique and inscrutable narrative-brawler that explores the lives of high school seniors contemplating their future after graduation. You play as Ringo and take part in 2D brawler-style combat, buy food and books to replenish your health and stamina, attend classes, study, work part-time jobs and train at the gym.


What we like:
  • Unique experience full of freedom
  • Cool pixelated graphical style
  • Atmospheric soundtrack
  • Discover routines in the town
  • Follow them and learn different actions you can take
What could be improved:
  • No tutorials or hints provided
  • No world map or quest markers given
  • Combat could feel more responsive

  • beat-em-up
  • brawler
  • 1980s
  • martial
  • arts
  • rpg
  • open-world
  • pixel
  • scroller
  • atmospheric
  • drama
  • sandbox
  • anime
  • brawler-type
  • 2d

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BROK the InvestiGator (2022)

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BROK the InvestiGator is an adventure game set in a futuristic cyberpunk city where humans have been replaced by animals and robots. Join Brok, a former boxer turned private detective, as he attempts to uncover a sinister plot while struggling with parenthood and providing for his deceased wife's son. Experience the fusion of point-and-click adventure and beat 'em up gameplay styles as you explore your surroundings, talk to NPCs and solve puzzles.


What we like:
  • Fully voiced cast
  • Seamless fusion of point-and-click and beat 'em up genres
  • Relatable story with heartfelt moments
  • Sherlock Holmes­-esque interrogation sequences
  • Multiple endings for replayability
What could be improved:
  • Some puzzles are too simple to work out
  • Some sequences drag on too long serving little purpose outside of padding out the runtime

  • point-and-click
  • detective
  • beat-em-up
  • cyberpunk
  • dystopian
  • adventure
  • soundtrack
  • choices
  • investigation
  • futuristic
  • fight
  • mystery
  • cartoony
  • puzzle
  • post-apocalyptic

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Final Vendetta (2022)

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Final Vendetta is an arcade-style throwback inspired by the 16 and 32-bit-era of gaming. It features large, gorgeously animated character sprites, true-to-the-era hand-drawn pixel art backgrounds and timeless old school flourishes. Perfectly combining elements from Final Fight and Streets of Rage 2 with generous dashes of NEO GEO style, Final Vendetta is a master class in kicking ass!


What we like:
  • Classic visuals and gameplay
  • Coop play for up to two players
  • Challenging bosses
What could be improved:
  • Limited lives on Easy or Hard mode
  • Some cheap enemy attacks and grabs

  • beat-em-up
  • arcade
  • boss
  • pixel
  • classic
  • brawler
  • old-school
  • soundtrack
  • fight
  • side-scrolling
  • retro
  • combo
  • cooperative
  • scroller
  • arts

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River City: Rival Showdown (2023)

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River City Ransom is back, rebuilt from the ground up! Rekindle old rivalries and relive past rumbles through a completely revamped story!


  • beat-em-up
  • brawler
  • fight
  • 2d
  • scroller
  • metroidvania
  • 1980s
  • cooperative
  • pixel
  • old-school
  • action-adventure
  • multiplayer
  • remake
  • retro
  • hack-and-slash

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Rumble Club (2024)

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Punch your friends for free! Battle solo or squad up in clumsy chaos across an ever-changing slate of game modes with up to 20 players.

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  • royale
  • beat-em-up
  • pvp
  • character
  • physics
  • cartoony
  • battle
  • customization
  • 3d
  • team
  • family-friendly
  • arena
  • cute
  • funny
  • arcade

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Shing! (2020)

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Experience the most exciting and immersive beat-em-up combat system ever – become a kickass ninja and slice some demons in style!


  • beat-em-up
  • demons
  • cooperative
  • ninja
  • fight
  • rogue-like
  • swordplay
  • hack-and-slash
  • 2.5d
  • spectacle
  • scroller
  • character
  • side-scrolling
  • colourful
  • arcade

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PixelJunk Scrappers Deluxe (2023)

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Clean up the streets of Junktown as a team of robot garbage collectors. Trash your opponents with up to 4 players or go it alone in this beat ‘em up that’s also a clean ‘em up!

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  • beat-em-up
  • cyberpunk
  • collectathon
  • local
  • multiplayer
  • truck
  • cooperative
  • robots
  • stylized
  • futuristic
  • fight
  • colourful
  • 2d
  • squad
  • casual

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Tonight We Riot (2020)

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Linux Mac OS PC Windows Nintendo Switch

The game follows a player-controlled crowd of workers rather than a single character,[4] each member with their own weapons, to fight against Pinkertons, militias, and police as they move their way through a level. Players can inspire more workers to join the crowd by liberating factories and encouraging more workers to join the fight. The game's difficulty is dynamic as it is tied in part due to the size of the mob, from being extremely difficult as a single worker to challenging or easy as the mob grows in size.[5] The levels end in boss fights ranging from large vehicles operated by the police to the President of the fictional country the game takes place in.[6][7]


  • political
  • beat-em-up
  • crowd
  • politics
  • cooperative

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Paw Paw Paw (2020)

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Paw Paw Paw is a fun side-scrolling beat-em-up game set in the woods, with sword-n-shield based combat and lots of unlockables. The game follows a maverick group of woodland animals who have rebelled against a corrupt(ed) king, and refused to be forced to wear trousers. Experience the joys of 2D characters walking about in a world with X, Y and Z coordinates and use different weapon types for tactically different gameplay.


What we like:
  • Lots of unlockables
  • Rideable creatures and other characters to play
  • XP maintained when you die so no need to start from scratch
  • Different weapon types for each character mixes up tactics
  • Super cute visuals with violent combat
What could be improved:
  • Clumsy trying to align with equally flat enemies
  • Getting the first few combos unlocked is a lengthy process
  • Hitboxes are very inconsistent
  • Balance is all over the place

  • cooperative
  • beat-em-up
  • hack-and-slash
  • local
  • funny
  • scroller
  • action-adventure
  • side-scrolling
  • class
  • fantasy
  • comedy
  • 2d
  • rpg
  • action
  • cartoony

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