Can they kick it? Yes they can. And punch it, too.
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.
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.
Chair's opulent hack-and-slash series has influenced a fair few App Store brawlers in its time. It's a tactical, weighty action game full of parries and blocks and desperate lunges. The second one's the best.
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.
With the latest attempt to make Tekken work on mobile, Namco has turned to Marvel's Contest of Champions for inspiration. The result is a fluid brawler that perhaps wisely trades a fair amount of depth in favour of accessibility.