In this video we take a look at some of the worst Arcade beat ‘em up’s from the late 80’s / 90’s.


0:00 – Intro
0:10 – Ninja Clowns
0:50 – Tough Turf
1:39 – Guardians Of The Hood
2:27 – Burning Fight
3:11 – Brute Force
3:57 – Crude Buster / Two Crude Dudes
4:38 – D.D. CREW
5:50 – Riot City
6:24 – Honorable Mentions (POW / Hachoo!)
6:45 – Outro

Games Included in the video:

Ninja Clowns:

Ninja Clowns is a 2D arcade beat ’em up, like Final Fight or Double Dragon. The player controls a circus clown and fights against various enemies – like angry lawyers, bearded women, mimes, zombies, or cops. Clown is a hero, and must stop evil Twisto, who has transformed good citizens into evil zombie clones. He can use several weapons – like boxing gloves, pies or sprays. He can punch, kick, and has 1 special move (spinning kick, like Chun-Li).

Source: Wikipedia

Tough Turf:

Tough Turf (タフターフ) is a 1989 2D beat ’em up arcade game developed by Sunsoft and Sega. It was published by Sega in Japan and by Sunsoft of America in North America.

Up to two players control two men who look like officer workers, and proceed through warehouses and urban areas beating up gang members, but the characters are not named, and the game has no storyline. Tough Turf’s control configuration is composed of two attack buttons (punch and kick), as well a jump button to fight against enemies or overcome obstacles. The player has access to a repertoire of techniques by pushing these buttons individually or in combination. Weapons are also along the lines of long iron pipes, knives and broken bottles.


Guardians of the ‘Hood:

Guardians of the’Hood is an arcade video game released by Atari Games in June 1992. It is a side-scrolling beat ’em up featuring digitized sprites, similar to Pit-Fighter, and sprite scaling effects that give a feeling of depth. The game was originally sold in both dedicated cabinets and conversion kits, and it allows a maximum of three simultaneous players.

Taking on the role of either Conner, Chief, Javier, or Tanya, the player must advance through four areas of the city (slums, subway, Chinatown and amusement park) to defeat gangs such as The Dreads, The Shavers, and The Dragons. After defeating a gang leader, he will join the player’s team to help on the streets. After cleaning up an area, the player returns to the Gym to have a head-to-head match against a friend. After winning two of three rounds, the player proceeds to the next area. The last stage is a fight with Mr. Big (actually female).


Burning Fight:

Burning Fight is a beat ’em up arcade game released by SNK in 1991 for the Neo Geo MVS system. Introduced to capture a share in the then-popular beat ’em ups market, it was meant to compete with Technōs’ Double Dragon, the leader of the genre at the time. Three years after its release in the arcades and on the Neo Geo AES, it was released on Neo Geo CD as the only other home version.

The game is produced by Eikichi Kawasaki, one of SNK’s founders and the man behind various well-known SNK titles, such as Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting and Samurai Shodown series. A re-released version of Burning Fight is included in SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1, which was released for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and Wii in 2008.


Crude Buster:

Two Crude, released in Asia as Crude Buster, is a 1990 beat ’em up arcade game developed and published by Data East. It was a follow-up to Bad Dudes Vs. DragonNinja (1988). The game was later ported to the Mega Drive/Genesis in 1992. Outside Japan, the port was released under the name Two Crude Dudes.


D.D. Crew:

D. D. Crew (D. D. クルー) is a 1991 2D beat ’em up developed and released into arcades by Sega (D.D. stands for Dynamite Demolitions). In the game, the plot is themed after numerous North American action movies popular during the time. A man name F.F. got a phone call from a bombing terrorist, and heard him say that a bomb is in an amusement park, while F.F. rushes toward it with three partners: Buster, King and Gung Ho.


Riot City:

Riot City (ライオットシティ) is a 1991 2D beat ’em up arcade game developed by Westone and published by Sega.

Brute Force:

Honorable Mentions:

Prisoners of War


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