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Batman Returns (SNES)

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The successful movie sequel Batman Returns spawned many different game adaptations. The SNES version presents the story of Batman's encounter with the Penguin and Catwoman as a side-scrolling beat'em'up, with one Batmobile driving sequence thrown in.

There are two varieties of the beat'em'up levels. One plays like Final Fight and similar games: Batman can move in two dimensions, beating up his enemies with various punches, kicks, combos and special moves. Special gadgets to be used include the famous Batarang to take out enemies from a distance and "Test Tubes" filled with chemical explosives which will damage all enemies on the screen.

In the second type of side-scrolling level, Batman can only move in one dimension, left or right. The Batarang is the standard weapon here, with punches only being used when the enemy gets close. Also in these levels, Batman can use a grappling hook to cross dangerous areas unharmed.

Enemies in the beat'em'up levels usually belong to the Penguin's Red Triangle Circus Gang - clowns in all varieties: thin clowns, fat clowns, clowns on bikes, clowns armed with bazookas, and more. At the end of each level there is a boss fight, including several encounters with Catwoman and the Penguin.

In the Batmobile driving level, the action is viewed from behind. Batman has to evade clowns on bikes and shoot them down when he gets the chance. At the end of the road, another boss fight awaits.

Digitized images from the film illustrate the storyline.

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Batman Returns SNES Options
Batman Returns SNES Fighting pesky fat clowns in front of a truck
Batman Returns SNES The hero
Batman Returns SNES The usual Batman equipment is always with you

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User Reviews

Classic Beat-'em-up that's even better than the movie it's based upon. Stsung (53) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Terrible Film. Fun Game. MasterMegid (897) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Fun, but also hard. scabadoo (32) unrated

The Press Says

Just Games Retro Jan 23, 2002 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Total! (Germany) Jun, 1993 1.25 out of 6 95
1UP! Apr 06, 2002 92 out of 100 92
GameFan Magazine Apr, 1993 89.5 out of 100 90
Super Play Magazine UK May, 1993 87 out of 100 87
Video Game Den Jun 01, 2013 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Retrogaming History Nov 10, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Mega Fun Apr, 1993 74 out of 100 74
Video Games Jun, 1993 73 out of 100 73
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 13, 2003 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

Endings

Depending how well and on which difficulty the game is played, players can get multiple endings for completing the title. Playing on the hardest difficulty is the only way to get the longest and full ending.

Music

This was the only Batman Returns game to make full use of Danny Elfman's film score. All other versions of the game use music created specifically for the game.

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Terok Nor (19015) added Batman Returns (SNES) on Aug 08, 2006