Updated November 28, 2018: New entries added


You might be the world's gentlest vegan pacifist, with a subscription to The Guardian and a CND sticker on the bumper of your electric car. But put you in front of a good fighting game, and we guarantee you'll be baying for the blood of your rival.

A good beat-'em-up gets the adrenaline pumping like few other genres, but they can come in a variety of forms. They can also be joyous, humorous, and even thoughtful experiences.

The following list contains scrolling brawlers, one-on-one pugilism sims, fantasy hack-and-slashers, and strategic simulators. All proof that there's more than one way to punch a digital man. Which really should be a saying.