Sengoku is a Side-scroll, Beat ‘em up, Single-player and Multiplayer video game offered by SNK. The game takes the player in the 2D world invaded by enemies. It is the first released in the series of Sengoku by SNK and ported to several home consoles, including Super Famicom, Mega-CD, and Neo Geo. It starts with the player choosing his playable character and then jump into the world to battle against enemies. Instead of using a health gauge, the game features a max of six health points. However, when a specific enemy is defeated, spirits of mighty forms become available to turn into. Throughout the game, the player needs to survive the waves of enemies by gathering colored orbs as power-ups. One health point is healed after gathering five green orbs. However, the red orb provides the player with a single sword. It offers an exciting storyline, in which centuries ago, a vicious tyrannical warlord was taken down by two Samurais but had sworn to back in the future. Upon returning, he unleashes the undead forces of feudal Japanese warriors to smash the Earth and its inhabitants. Now, the warlord is opposed by two powerful characters, one is ninja and the second is a western cowboy.
#1 Toxic Crusaders
Toxic Crusaders is an Action, Arcade, and Single-player Beat ‘em up video game takes place in the Science-fiction world, developed by Infogrames Europe SA. It takes you in the futuristic world where an alien race controlled by Czar Zoster has threatened the planet Earth. There’s only a force that can fend off the invasion, the Toxic Crusaders. In the game, the player moves from a side-scroll viewpoint, and he aims to save the world from being smashed. There are several playable characters such as Junkyard, Toxie, etc. and the player can choose one of them to advance through the game. In the game, each level has a unique difficulty level and requires the player to complete a set of task to progress through the game to become the master. The game rewards the player with points for each finished level, and the player can use to unlock additional level to play. With 2D Graphics, Superb Mechanics, and Cool Controls, Toxic Crusaders is a brilliant game to play.
#2 Batman Returns
Batman Returns is an Action, Platform, and Single-player video game with Vehicular Combat elements, offered by Aspect and published by Sega. The game is based on the movie of the same name and available to play on different platforms. In the start, the game takes the player through seven challenging scenes featured in the movie. According to the storyline, various members of the Red Triangle Circus will try to attack Batman throughout the game. In the game, the superhero has a set of weapons and moves at his disposal and can be used when need. There are many levels, and each level will end with a boss fight, which needs a bit of effort and strategy to dominate. Several levels are set in a 2D environment where the game permits the player to move freely. However, the fifth level comprises driving the Batmobile in a chase case where the player must chase an enemy and a van equipped with heavy weapons from the gang. The player is allowed to use the machine gun to take down the targets.
#3 Sengoku 2
Sengoku 2 lets you experience the classic beat ‘em up gameplay and comes with both Single-player and Co-op modes, developed and published by SNK. The game incorporates the elements of Hack-and-Slash and Beat ‘em up, introducing engaging gameplay, in which you choose your favorite character to move and kill enemies. It serves as the 2nd installment in the series of Sengoku and offers similar gameplay to the previous title. In the game, the playable characters are fully equipped with a sword that can be used to kill enemies. During the gameplay, the player can turn his character into three different forms, such as the armor-clad wolf, ninja, and more. While battling enemies, the player can block or dodge attacks by using the combination of buttons. There are various collectibles available that the player can use to heal the health of the character or improve the attack abilities of the character. According to the story, a vicious evil is intent on dominating the world and using the time machine he is conquering every event in history. There are two protagonists from which the player can control his favorite one to fend off the evil by spreading chaos.
#4 Golden Axe III
Golden Axe III is a Single-player and Multiplayer Beat ‘em up video game developed and published by Sega for Sega Genesis. Both Single-player and Multiplayer modes are available, and in the start, the player finds himself in the 2D world where he moves from a side-scroll perspective. According to the plot, the Prince of Darkness named Damud Hellstrike has controlled the golden axe and put the evil curse over all the warriors. However, one of the heroes has the curse relieved and is sent to restore the peace. The game spans several levels, and each level is set in a 2D environment. The player starts the game by choosing his playable character with unique abilities and attempt to defeat all rival enemies and their bosses to bring the peace back to the land. The level of difficulty will be increased as the player reaches to the new levels. There are several playable characters, and each has its unique characteristics. The game introduces several new moves, including sweep attacks, blocking, defensive and offensive special attacks, and more. With superb mechanics, cool visuals, and brilliant controls, Golden Axe III is a fantastic game to play.
#5 Sengoku 3
Sengoku 3 is an Action, Side-scroll, and Single-player video game with an emphasis on Beat ‘em up, Arcade, and Fighting elements, developed by Noise Factory and published by SNK Corporation. It serves as the third title in the series of Sengoku, and once again it pits the player and his friend against the undead forces. However, the player can freely choose his character from a group and each with its unique weapons and abilities. It incorporates a complex fighting system similar to other fighting games focus on 1-on-1 matches, by offering the player different attack buttons and special moves focused on directional inputs. During the gameplay, the player can’t change the weapons or can transform into other characters as in previous games, but he can acquire various ranged weapons for specific attacks as well as unlock bosses to increase the characters. The player navigates the environment from a side-scroll perspective, and his main objective is to kill enemies and defeat them to make points. There are many stages, and each stage will let the player complete a set of goals to win.
#6 Tokyo Beat Down
Tokyo Beat Down is a Single-player Beat ‘em up video game developed by Tamsoft and published by Success for Nintendo DS. The game takes place in the classic world where the player has to fight against enemies and take down them to bring the peace back to the land. The storyline is set in Yaesu, the home of the Beast Cops. Like the name, these Beast Cops have a different method to take criminals down in the fictional Tokyo. After selecting the character, the player navigates the environment from a side-scroll perspective, and his main objective is to fight his way through a set of levels to slay enemies and pick up power-ups to refill his health bar. The game increases the level of difficulty as the player learn the basics and reaches to the specific location. Each level starts with a cut scene, showing the images of the player and the targets. During the gameplay, the player can perform deadly moves to take down enemies. Tokyo Beat Down includes core features such as 2D Environment, Side-scrolling Beat ‘em up Gameplay, and more.
#7 Double Dragon Advance
Double Dragon Advance is a Single-player and Multiplayer Beat ‘em up video game created by Million and published by Atlus for Game Boy Advance. It offers the remake version of the original gameplay, Double Dragon, released in 1987 and incorporates the elements from its sequels and home versions. Similar to the original title, the player assumes the role of a martial arts master named Billy Lee and his aim to battle his way through a set of levels against members of the Shadow Warriors to save the girlfriend named Marian. The player can play the game either alone or with other players. The game features a mode let the player play by controlling both Lee brothers, with one character being controlled by the player while other characters stand until the player switches the character. The game features a survival mode, in which the player has to take down as many adversaries as possible in a single life. With immersive gameplay, superb mechanics, and cool visuals, Double Dragon Advance is a brilliant game to play.
#8 Stone Protectors
Stone Protectors is a mix of Beat ‘em up, Platform, and Brawler game elements, offered by Eurocom Developments Ltd for SNES. It provides Action gameplay, in which the player needs to opt his character with different weapons. There are a set of playable characters, and each is equipped with both long and ranged weapons and can perform melee attacks to become the master. According to the plot, a kingdom is under attack by the Saurians and their leader, known as Zok, wants the powerful crystal of the territory which is defended by the Queen. However, breaking into the massive castle, all seems lost, but the leader reaches to take the crystal and destroy them into pieces. The player controls his character from a side-scroll perspective, and his ultimate objective is to become the master by defeating waves of enemies. The level of difficulty will be increased as the player reaches the high levels. With engaging gameplay, superb mechanics, brilliant visuals, Stone Protectors is a fascinating game to play.
#9 Nekketsu Oyako
Nekketsu Oyako is an Anime, Arcade, Beat ‘em up, and Single-player Action video game developed and published by Technosoft Co., Ltd for Multiple Platforms. The game takes place in the fictional land where the player controls his favorite character to take down waves of enemies to make points and complete the level within the time limit. Each level introduces a unique background and the enemies as well as levels of difficulty. While moving across the stage, the player can smash drums to obtain power-ups and use to improve his abilities. There are many challenging levels await the player, and each has a set of tasks that the player has to complete to become the master. The player needs to unleash his epic powers and take stand against enemies and their bosses who are spreading chaos across the city to invade the people. Nekketsu Oyako offers prominent features such as 2D Graphics, Side-scroll Action, and more.
#10 Streets of Rage 3
Streets of Rage 3 is a Single-player and Multiplayer Beat ‘em up video game developed and published by Sega for Sega Genesis and modern platforms. It takes place in the 2D setting where you control your one of many heroes from a side-scroll perspective to slaughter enemies to become the master. It serves as the third and final title in the series of Street of Rage games. It comes with several modifications over both previously released titles, including more complicated plot, multiple endings, character dialogues, increased difficulty, and more. It offers the fast-paced gameplay to experience and lets you run your way through a set of levels to take on enemies and make points. Along the way, you can pick up various power-ups in the form of burger, chicken, etc. grants you unique abilities, and some of them refill your decreased health bar. Unlike the first and second releases, weapons in this release can be used a fixed number of times. There are three playable characters, and each has unique skills and abilities. In the start, the player must select one of them to start his journey toward the destination. With superb graphics, classic soundtracks, and smooth controls, Streets of Rage 3 is the best game to play in that time and now.
#11 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled is a Single-player and Multiplayer Beat ‘em up video game developed and published by Ubisoft for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game serves as an improved remake version of the original game released in 1991, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time. It is also the sequel to the original arcade game. The player navigates the environment from a side-scroll perspective by controlling his one of many playable characters such as Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and more. Up to four players can play together in the form of the team either on online or local multiplayer. The game provides the player with a basic control setup, using which the player can perform a special attack, jump, and more in addition to movement. Many challenging levels are available, and each has its unique background setting, enemies, and objectives to complete. With immersive gameplay, superb mechanics, and cool visuals, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled is an excellent game to experience the beat ‘em up genre.
#12 Final Flames 2: Against the Dark World Crisis
Final Flames 2: Against the Dark World Crisis is an Arcade, Anime, Martial Arts, Single-player and Multiplayer Brawler video game developed by Lame Dimension. The game takes place in the 2D world where the player can engage himself in the side-scrolling action. Being a side-scrolling fighting game, it needs the player to take down enemies in the screen to advance through the level. The player will automatically move to the next scene after defeating the hordes of enemies. It introduces four playable characters and only one unlockable character. However, these characters include Naira, King, Alen, Faliyos, and more. The story is set somewhere and revolves around the character named Jonnel, a young man who rescued his city many years ago, has gone missing. His stalker called Naira concerns and alert other three companions of Jonnel about his disappearance. There are many stages, and each has a set of objectives that the player must complete to advance the storyline. With the classic themed world, side-scrolling beat ‘em up, and smooth controls, Final Flames 2: Against the Dark World Crisis is a good game to play.
#13 Alien Storm
Alien Storm is a Side-scroll, Single-player and Multiplayer Beat ‘em up video game with an emphasis on shooting elements, developed and published by Sega. According to the plot, an alien invasion has threatened the planet Earth, and the only things that take stands between them and world domination are a powerful force team called the Alien Busters. There are many playable characters and each character has unique powers, abilities, and personality. With a similar artistic style, playable characters, and unique power-ups to perform special attacks, Alien Storm resembles Golden Axe. Lots of challenging stages await the player and each is full of enemies each with unique behavior. To complete the game, the player has to accomplish his missions and each comes with several stages. The game rewards the player with points to unlock additional content. After taking down the specific aliens, flying heads will occur, which can be destroyed to gather life or energy. However, the player uses energy to power the attacks based on energy and to use the powerful special weapons. With 2D Graphics, Smooth Controls, and Prominent Features, Alien Storm is a wonderful game to play.
#14 Crime Fighters
Crime Fighters is an Action, Beat ‘em up, Single-player and Multiplayer video game developed and published by Konami for Arcade. The game permits the player to explore the environment from a side-scroll perspective to complete all the objectives of each level. In the game, the player controls a team of undercover police officers who are selected to save a team of abducted damsels from crime bobs and his evil forces. The game is available in two different versions one for two-player and focuses on four-player. After selecting the character, the player has to jump into the world, explore the environment and battle against enemies to defeat them. Each defeated enemy will reward the player with points and some enemies leave a power-up for the player to use and enhance his abilities. In the game, the player given a time limit refreshes when the player is damaged and informs the players to battle as long as they want and lose health points. The game increases the difficulty levels as the player reaches in advanced stages. With 2D graphics, simple controls, and good mechanics, Crime Fighter is a brilliant game to play.
#15 Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Double Dragon II: The Revenge lets you become a hero, save the world from being smashed, and reach the end of each level. The game offers both Single-player and Multiplayer modes and it takes place in the 2D world where you will experience a beat ‘em up gameplay, which means you are able to use your kicking and punching abilities to beat and kill enemies for points and power-ups. Lots of challenging levels await you to be completed. It is the first sequel to the original game, Double Dragon released in 1987. The sequel involves both characters such as Jimmy Lee and Billy in an epic mission to avenge their beloved girlfriend after she is shot to death by antagonist named Willy, who is retaliating against the Lee brothers after his death in the previous title. At the start, the player has an option to assume the role of brothers, who are tasked with defeating the antagonist for the murder of the girlfriend. The player navigates the environment from a side-scroll perspective and his main objective is to become the master by completing all levels.
#16 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Projects is a Single-player and Multiplayer Beat ‘em up video game developed and published by Konami. The game uses the side-scroll perspective for its navigation and puts the player in the role of mutated creatures who needs to save the world by defeating evil creatures. It serves as the third installment in the series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles released for NES. It introduces play mechanics which are similar to that of the previous title, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game, but it is marked as the original title for the NES without any arcade version. The game starts with a team of turtles enjoying their vacation in Florid. While seeing the latest news report of April O’Neil, her broadcast is suddenly took over by the nemesis of Turtles, Shredder. Take April as his hostage, Shredder unleash that he has an ability to turn the city into a floating island and challenges the turtles to come and stop him. The game is played from a side-scroll perspective and the ultimate task of the player to advance through the game by defeating enemies and their boss to save April.
#17 Captain Commando
Captain Commando is a Single-player and Multiplayer Beat ‘em up video game developed and published by Capcom. It takes place in the stunning world where the game puts you against mutant creature, trying to spread chaos everywhere. There are several playable characters and each comes with its unique special moves, identity, and play style. The game allows you to experience the side-scrolling gameplay set in futuristic environment and mixes the action and beat ‘em up game elements to offer an immersive gameplay. It takes place in the crime-ridden future of Metro City in the futuristic year 2026, where a superhero is helped by his three commando companions to defend the planet Earth and all the Galaxy from a team of super criminals. The game introduces the similar gameplay that of Capcom’s Final Fight, following the beat ‘em up genre. However, the arcade version will let you play with up to two friends simultaneously depending on the settings of the game. During the gameplay, the player can choose between any of four commandos to jump into the game and his objective is to move towards the end of each stage, defeat every enemy who gets in your way while avoiding deadly traps that enemies may throw at your way. With addictive gameplay, superb mechanics, and cool visuals, Captain Commando is a good game to play.
#18 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time is a Beat ‘em up, Single-player and Multiplayer video game developed and published by Konami. It acts as the sequel to the original title, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and comes with a scrolling beat ‘em up gameplay. Similar to the previous title, the game is available for the arcades in two and four-player versions. Each player has an opportunity to select which of the four turtles he wish to control in the two-player versions, whereas the player is assigned to the command panel from left to right in the following order such as Leonardo, Michelangelo, and more. In the game, each character has its unique strength and weakness. However, new features are introduces in the game as well as the ability to execute a power attack by attacking enemies many times in a row. Like previous titles, the game features the same control scheme and it uses the joystick movement along with an attack button and a button for jump.
#19 Streets of Rage 4
Streets of Rage 4 is an Action-Adventure, Fighting, and Single-player video game developed by Guard Crush Games for multiple platforms. It serves as the fourth main installment in the Streets of Rage series and offers similar gameplay to follow.
In this beat-em-up adventure, the player has to play like a street fighter and unleash strong attacks for the elimination of opponents. The game has multiple characters such as Axel, Blaze, Adam, and other ones with significant actions and attributes.
In solo mode, the player has to fight in the streets alone, whereas the multiplayer mode allows the player to assemble a team of four characters where team-work is very important and dominant. The game has a lot of stages to pass, and at the end of each stage, the player comes to face brutal and dangerous bosses. In the battle mode, the player can challenge his friend to see the best street fighter
#20 Ragnarok Battle Offline
Ragnarok Battle Offline is a Single-player, and Multiplayer Beat ‘em up video game developed and published by French-Bread for Microsoft Windows. It is set in the brilliant land where the player controls one of six character classes to advance through the game. Although the primary focus of the game is on Beat ‘em up, the game comes with some RPG elements. In the start, the player can create a character from one of six different classes and one unlockable class, allocate the points to the stats and skills of the character. Up to three players can play at once using the gamepads, joysticks, or keyboard. During the gameplay, the player can move from a side-scroll perspective, and he can use a set of ranged weapons to battle against opponents. The game rewards the player with XP points that can be used to unlock additional content and take on enemies. There are many tough levels, and each required the completion of objectives to unlock further. With engaging gameplay, superb graphics, and smooth controls, Ragnarok Battle Offline is a fascinating game to play.
#21 Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder
Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder is an Adventure, Fighting, and Single-player video game developed by Sega. Throughout the game, the player plays like a hero whose main mission is to engage in beat-em-up fights where one can survive. The game has three playable characters, such as Goah, Stern Blade, and Dora, with respective classes.
Every character can cast magical spells and eliminate enemies. The main enemy is Death Adder, who is more powerful and keeps strong abilities. In multiplayer mode, the player can play with two or more friends co-operatively.
The game has various levels where the player finds different enemies and, in the end, will face the main evil. The game has offered weapons that will help the player taking down enemies. The game has core features such as Three Characters, Weapons, Multiplayer mode, Several Levels, and Beat-em-up Adventure.