Can they kick it? Yes they can. And punch it, too.
Updated November 28, 2019: New entries added
Fighting games are where we let it all hang out. The jerk who cut you up on the way home from work. The little brat who carries a Bluetooth speaker with them on public transport. The current state of politics.
Few of us are psychotic enough to take it all out in an actual physical confrontation. But we do have a handy escape valve in the form of fighting games.
Well, that's true for some of us. Others just dig the skill inherent in mastering a good beat 'em up. The timing, the combos, the special moves. Delicious.
Mobile gamers don't need to miss out either, as there are a whole bunch of brilliant fighting games out there of all stripes and varieties.
The name and publisher might have changed, but following its relaunch Skullgirls remains one of the most thoughtful console game reworkings on mobile. The graphics are stunning, the touch controls work brilliantly, and combat is fast and fluid.
A convincing take on arguably the most brutal professional sport in the world. EA Sports UFC features solid swipe-based combat and lots of grizzled men being mean to each other in some fairly extreme ways.
Marvel Contest of Champions lets you pitch your favourite Marvel heroes against each other in gloriously animated one-on-one fights. The combat is a tad simplistic, but it has a certain tactile appeal to it that's tough to resist.
If you want a more modern reflection of the KoF series, then look no further than The King of Fighters-i 2012. It's based on The King of Fighters XIII, one of the best arcade and console fighting games of 2010, and it works splendidly on mobile.
Despite being a slick tribute to the action platformers of the early '90s, Dan the Man also manages to squeeze in a steadily expanding range of hand-to-hand combat moves to make it quite the accomplished brawler.
Combo Crew might evoke memories of classic scrolling brawlers of old, but it's been built from the ground up with mobile play in mind. There are no virtual controls here - just a tactile and intuitive swipe-based system.
Teppen isn't a beat 'em up by any stretch of the imagination. It's a card battler. But it's one that's set in Capcom's peerless beat 'em up universe, and it boasts suitably hard-hitting real time combat.