The 40 Best Beat 'Em Up Games of All Time

Loveleen Kaur / ONE37pm

It's a tale as old as time - a catastrophic threat comes into play and endangers the sanctity of everything that is good. The only ones that are capable of stopping that overwhelming force are a group of heroic fighters that join forces to save the world with their highly trained hands, feet, and signature choices in weaponry. That ladies and gentleman is the general premise for most of the classic beat 'em ups you sunk quarters into back in the arcades. One of gaming's oldest genres is still one of its very best. Moving from left to right, assaulting varied baddies, utilizing random items in battle, and eating food right off the ground are the defining factors of such a legendary gaming genre. Now's the appropriate time to celebrate that beloved gaming staple as we list the 40 best beat 'em up games ever made (and played!).

Best Beat 'Em Up Games


1. 'River City Ransom'

Buy Now, $87.78

2. 'Double Dragon'

Buy Now, $32.99

3. 'Double Dragon II: The Revenge'

Buy Now, $26.99

4. 'X-Men'

Buy Now, Price Varies

5. 'Final Fight'

Buy Now, $34.89

6. 'The Simpsons'

Buy Now, $499.99

7. 'Alien Storm'

Buy Now, $29.99

8. 'Batman Returns'

Buy Now, $54.98

9. 'Captain Commando'

Buy Now, $34.89

10. 'Streets of Rage 2'

Buy Now, $29.99

11. 'Cadillacs & Dinosaurs'

12. 'Knights of the Round'

Buy Now, $34.89

13. 'Battletoads'

Buy Now, $17.99

14. 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time'

Buy Now, $39.99

15. 'Golden Axe'

Buy Now, $29.99

16. 'Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder'

Buy Now, $549.99

17. 'Comix Zone'

Buy Now, $29.99

18. 'Splatterhouse 3'

Buy Now, $224.96

19. 'Armored Warriors'

Buy Now, $34.89

20. 'Warriors of Fate'

Buy Now, $34.89

21. 'Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow Over Mystara'

22. 'Alien vs. Predator'

Buy Now, $369.99

23. 'The Punisher'

Buy Now, $179.99

24. 'Sengoku 3'

25. 'Guardian Heroes'

Buy Now, $206.44

25. 'The Warriors'

Buy Now, $79.95

26. 'Viewtiful Joe'

Buy Now, $49.54

27. 'Castle Crashers'

Buy Now, $14.99

28. 'Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game'

Buy Now, $4.99

29. 'Dragon’s Crown'

Buy Now, $49.99

30. 'Fight'N Rage'

Buy Now, $89.91

31. 'Double Dragon Neon'

Buy Now, Price Varies

32. 'The TakeOver'

Buy Now, $74.98

33. 'The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors'

Buy Now, $34.99

34. 'River City Girls'

Buy Now, $29.99

35. 'Streets of Rage 4'

Buy Now, $26.85

36. 'Wulverblade'

Buy Now, $98.95

37. 'Mother Russia Bleeds'

Buy Now, $14.99

38. 'Sifu'

Buy Now, $39.99

39. 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge'

Buy Now, $34.99

40. 'Jitsu Squad'

Buy Now, $19.99

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