Boot to the head! And the knee. And the sternum. And then some punches.
July 6, 2011 11:15 AM Subscribe
Beat 'em ups and brawlers
posted by curious nu (44 comments total)
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are a game style that goes back to the mid 80s. Your character moves across a horizontal level, left to right, slowly beating up each and every enemy you come across; progress is typically gated at several points, forcing you to defeat the current pack of adversaries before moving onto the next section. A fellow by the name of Ben Ruiz is working on a brawler and has spent quite a bit of time dissecting their gameplay
They were a popular and lucrative game type for the arcades (where you could keep plunking in quarters for more continues), with companies such as Capcom
turning out some beloved games
. The 2D brawler has essentially died off to be replaced with 3D incarnations such as Devil May Cry
, God of War
, with a shift to explicit sex'n'violence versus the animated cartoonishness of the 2D era. 2D brawlers haven't entirely disppeared yet
, though, and River City Ransom
is consistently ranked highly on NES game retrospectives.
(Want some nitty-gritty game design talk, but brawlers are not your thing? There's always JHarris' @play