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Top 5 One-on-One Beat-'em-ups on Android

Best ways to fight mano e mano on Android

In the world of fighting games, there are two basic types. There's the scrolling beat-'em-up, and there's the one-on-one beat-'em-up.

The former is all about button-mashing, thug-bashing instant gratification. The latter tends to involve a far more nuanced, technical brand of scrapping. No health power-ups and nigh-on immortal protagonists here.

So if you prefer a little technique with your virtual thuggery, check out our list of the Top 5 one-on-one beat-'em-ups on Android.

Round one, fight!

It might not have the brand recognition of Street Fighter, but for beat-'em-up enthusiasts the King of Fighters series matched Capcom's blow for blow through the '90s. As a kind of 'best-of' greatest hits package, The King of Fighters '98 was probably the pinnacle of the series - and this Android conversion captures that magic admirably.
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This is how one-on-one beat-'em-ups used to play in the pre-Street Fighter years. Slow, exacting, technical, and extremely punishing. Karateka Classic requires the discipline of a black belt champion to master, but it's worth it.
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While this list is understandably populated by Japanese arcade heavyweights, Real Boxing stands its ground with an admirable simulation of real-life one-on-one pugilism. It looks and plays like a console game, with stunning 3D graphics and a highly tactical fighting system.
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7.0
Soulcalibur represented an unusual diversion from the usual 3D fighters around at the turn of the millennium. Here was a one-on-one beat-'em-up that gave its fighters weapons, and a hyper-kinetic thrust and parry control system to match. This Android conversion does the series proud.
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With the continued absence of Capcom's Streetfighter games on the Google Play Store, it's left to classic rival SNK Playmore to dominate this list with its second entry. The King of Fighters-A 2012 is a conversion of one of the company's more recent efforts, and so comes with highly detailed 2D graphics and online multiplayer competition.
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