Belt scroller

Game genre concept

A slightly slanted perspective (almost side view, isometric or similar) games where game is played on a mostly left or right progressing field with limited depth towards and away from the camera. Commonly used by beat 'em ups.

189
games
40
platforms

The first video game about Belt scroller was released in 1986.

Sega, U.S. Gold and Opera Soft has published most of these games

Not all beat 'em ups are belt scrollers and some belt scrollers might not be beat 'em ups, belt scroller is however often recognized as synonym for beat 'em ups.

The characters are commonly from directly side view perspective while the ground and environment itself is isometric.

Example from Golden Axe:


The name likely comes from the playfield resembling a conveyer belt.

Parent group

Beat 'em up

Platforms

Arcade 24
Amstrad CPC 15
Amiga 13
Windows 11
Atari ST 11
Mega Drive 10
ZX Spectrum 10
MS-DOS 10
NES 10
C64 9
SNES 8
Master System 7
Linux 6
MSX 5
Neo-Geo 4
Game Gear 3
iOS 3
PCE CD 2
ZX Spectrum 128 2
PS3 2
Mac OS X 2
GB 2
GBA 2
Amstrad PCW 2
Xbox One 1
PS2 1
Switch 1
WonderSwan Color 1
Lynx 1
Electron 1

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