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.

182
games
39
platforms

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

Sega, U.S. Gold and Capcom 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 23
Amstrad CPC 14
Amiga 13
Windows 11
Atari ST 11
NES 10
Mega Drive 10
ZX Spectrum 9
C64 9
MS-DOS 9
SNES 8
Master System 7
Linux 6
MSX 4
Neo-Geo 4
Game Gear 3
iOS 3
GB 2
GBA 2
PCE CD 2
ZX Spectrum 128 2
PS3 2
Mac OS X 2
Mega-CD 1
Atari 7800 1
BBC 1
Atari 2600 1
PS Vita 1
Amstrad PCW 1
Xbox One 1

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