Beat-em-up games were some of my favorite types of games to play during my childhood. They were prevalent in arcades and then established their place on home consoles during the 16-bit generation. The premise was simple. Side-scrolling brawling action with two to four players simultaneously against scores of enemies and bosses just made for a smashing good time. Final Fight, Streets of Rage, The Simpsons: Arcade Game, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were the most memorable games in that genre for me. The games had repetitive elements but it was so much fun. I even remember playing Combatribes, which had no business being as much of a thrill as it was. My childhood friend and I had great memories of joining forces to pound our enemies into oblivion in that game at the local Boys & Girls Club back in the day. Good times.
If you are fan of beat ’em ups and a PC gamer, Open Beats of Rage (OpenBOR) is something you should familiarize yourself with. OpenBOR is a free game engine that allows people to create their own brawler masterpieces. Since 2004, the open-source engine has been used to create a plethora of free games that are just as good if not sometimes better than the games that you remember. I’ve featured several of them on the TVGA YouTube Channel. You’ll find some really good options by visiting Chrono Crash, Game Jolt, and ZVitor Games.
Being that Final Fight, Streets of Rage, The Simpsons Arcade Game, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were very popular beat ’em ups, it is appropriate that those games would have fan created counterparts that are worth checking out. Three of the four games were created through OpenBOR. What’s even better is that they are FREE. Here are my recommendations:
FINAL FIGHT LNS ULTIMATE
Description: A Final Fight tribute game made in OpenBOR by the LNS that features a huge cast of characters and gameplay based on a combo/juggling system.
STREETS OF RAGE REMAKE
Description: A true celebration of the first three Streets of Rage games with added characters as well as unlockable goodies that can be used to enhance gameplay. It is not an OpenBOR created game.
THE SIMPSONS: TREEHOUSE OF HORROR
Description: An OpenBOR Simpsons fan game by Thatcher Productions that focuses on an alien invasion. The game is still being developed and is currently in a “demo” state.
Download Link: https://gamejolt.com/games/treehouseofhorror/27481
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: RESCUE-PALOOZA
Description: An OpenBOR Ninja Turtles fan game created by Merso-X that has 60 playable characters and 17 stages.
Download Link: https://gamejolt.com/games/TMNT-Rescue-Palooza/39658
If you have a PC, check out these games and feel free to let me know what you think in the comments section. Happy FREE gaming.