User Reviews

The best Superman game I've ever played, but that's really not saying much. SNES Tom White (48)
Not the best use of the license SNES Ace of Sevens (4474)
Better than it had a right to be . . . Genesis dancinhomer (9)
If you like fighting the same 6 enemies over and over, this is your game. SNES Excellence (113)
Now I can say I like Superman SNES Anthony Bois (2)

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Platform Votes Score
Genesis 13 3.1
SNES 18 3.4
Combined User Score 31 3.3

Critic Reviews

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SNESGamePro (US) (Aug, 1994)
However, the ability to play as the different characters, plus fun, diverse, challenging gameplay, make it a real contender - you decide which cart you think is better. If you're crazy for Clark Kent or you're a Man of Steel.
The sound effects are a bit scratchy, but they do deliver a nice, meaty sound when Supes punches and kicks the game's various mutant baddies. Shifting to the Genesis' more limited color pallette actually seems to have brightened up the backgrounds a bit, though this just highlights the simplicity of the earlier stages.
All things considered, The Death and Return of Superman had me coming back to my Super NES regularly. After a while, you just get addicted to thrashing people as the different Superman and the mystery element of the game is very appealing. Even if you know who the real Superman is from reading the comics, it's just really boss being them. Yeah, the game is pretty righteous. You might say it's...super.
GenesisMega Fun (Jul, 1995)
Anhänger des Supermankults werden dieses Spiel schon alleine wegen der Zwischensequenzen lieben. Doch was bietet das Spiel selbst? Die verschiedenen Schlagmöglichkeiten ergeben in Kombination mit der Superwaffe, dem Spezialangriff und der Flugfähigkeit eigentlich alles, was das Beat‘em Uper-Herz begehrt. Dank der vier zusätzlichen Superhelden und der auflockernden Flugrunden ist auch für die nötige Abwechslung gesorgt. Die Grafik setzt sicherlich keine neuen Maßstäbe, ist aber trotzdem akzeptabel und ansehnlich. In Sachen Sound und FX hätte man unsere supersensiblen Öhrchen zwar etwas mehr verwöhnen können, alles in allem ist das Gedudel aber doch recht erträglich. The Death and Return of Superman ist das ideale Spiel für Beat‘em Up liebende Supermänner, alle gewöhnlichen Sterblichen dürfen trotzdem getrost mal reinschaun.
GenesisAll Game Guide (1999)
Although there are plenty of methods of attack in this game (heat vision, bombs, energy blasts, etc.), your primary method of attack, running around and punching with your fists, can get a little old after a while. Even so, this is one of the better superhero games for the Sega Genesis, and you'll have a good time playing it.
SNESVideo Games (Dec, 1994)
Von anfänglicher Skepsis geprägt - war ich nach einiger Spielzeit froh darüber, daß die Super Nintendo-Version nicht in die Fußstapfen der Mega Drive-Supermänner getreten ist. Grafisch und akustisch wird zwar nichts Innovatives geboten, doch an Maximum Carnage zieht das Sunsoft-Produkt mit Leichtigkeit vorbei. Sicherlich, die Entwickler haben kurzerhand ein bestehendes Spielprinzip kopiert: Doch das Gekloppe steuert sich gut, das scrollende Schlachtfeld ist “liebevoll“ aufgebaut und die vier zusätzlichen Charaktere bringen eine willkommene Abwechslung in das Spielgeschehen. Leider gibt es keinen Zwei-Spieler-Modus, so daß die anfangs sehr kurzweilige Kellerei auf Dauer einiges an Reiz verliert Unterm Strich bleibt The Death and Return of Superman ein gut durchgestyltes und technisch passables Action-Spiel für Prügelfans.
SNESGame Players (Aug, 1994)
The Death and Return of Superman still plays fairly well and it isn't a total disappointment --- especially if you're a fan of the comics. It's fun to go up against heavy-hitters like Doomsday and the basic premise is well done. I just wish they'd spent more time following through on what could have been an excellent cart. As it is, The Death and Return of Superman ends up falling short of "super" status.
GenesisVideo Games (Jul, 1995)
Mit einer kleinen Zeitverzögerung dürfen nun auch die MD-Supermänner losknüppeln. Der Schwerpunkt bei Return of Superman liegt beim munteren Prügeln. Gutes Timing und etwas Übung bis man die richtige Taktik gefunden hat, sind besonders bei den Schlußgegnern gefragt. Leider wurde dafür beim Spielwitz gespart. Kaum neue Ideen, ein wenig motivierender Spielfluß und reichlich gleich aussehende Sprites lassen nur mäßigen Spielspaß aufkommen. Auch wenn die Superheldentricks Abwechslung in das sonst recht monotone Durchboxen bringen, bleibt nicht viel mehr übrig, als das übliche Final-Fight-Geprügel. Hätten sich die Designer in Sachen Spielablauf mehr einfallen lassen, wäre die Wertung für die Superhelden sicherlich besser ausgefallen.
SNESJust Games Retro (Feb 15, 2012)
Death and Return of Superman isn’t an easy one to call, because it’s not a bad game. In fact, it’s one of the best Superman games yet made. Unfortunately, that’s not saying much – and there’s certainly lots of room for improvement here. It retells and pulls from the Death of Superman series well, but astoundingly repetitive enemies and attacks don’t do Supes justice. Fairly average brawler overall, and games like Batman Returns (SNES) or Maximum Carnage are much better choices if you’re not specifically out to play as The Man of Steel.
SNESAll Game Guide (1998)
Although there are plenty of methods of attack in this game (heat vision, bombs, energy blasts, etc.), your primary method of attack, running around and punching with your fists, can get a little old after a while. Even so, this is one of the better superhero games for the Super Nintendo, and you'll have a good time playing it.
GenesisGamePro (US) (Mar, 1995)
The now-classic adventure of Superman's demise is colorful and bright, but the gameplay's far too repetitive to hold your interest to the end.
Basically a side-scrolling punch-up, except you control a superhero. This would be pretty standard stuff, but the very cheap hits and control that aren't always so great hamper the effect.
Average. That's the best word to describe this game. The moves are average, the plot is average and this will only appeal to those who worship the comic books. Repetitive is another word that comes to mind. Although games of this nature have the same enemies over and over, this game is even worse; even the background repeats excessively. As it stands, more variety and better control would certainly help.
SNESTotal! (Germany) (Oct, 1994)
Die Sprites sind zwar richtig groß und recht gut animiert, aber die Handlungsmöglichkeiten sind eines Superhelden nicht würdig. Ihr verbringt die meiste Zeit des Games damit, den Schlagknopf zu drücken, um irgendwelche Gegner umzuhauen. Insgesamt ist „The Death and Return of Superman“ ein in Ansätzen gutes, aber leider spielerisch nicht überzeugendes Superhelden-Epos.
40 (Nov 19, 2007)
Maybe diehard fans of the DC Comics powerhouse will find The Death and Return of Superman a fair example of license goodness, even if it cannibalizes the license in the worst way possible. Maybe the more forgiving among us will cite technological limitations as an excuse for the slapdash presentation and clumsy gameplay. But those who are uncolored by the tint of nostalgia will definitely find there's more to chew on in the Streets of Rage series, the short but sweet Hyperstone Heist or the superlative Comix Zone. Otherwise just stay away from this piece of gaming Kryptonite.
GenesisThe Video Game Critic (Feb 27, 2016)
Palette-swapped thugs are to be expected, but this game takes the "cookie cutter" concept to whole new level by duplicating entire stages with different color schemes. It's a shame because the game itself is quite playable with large characters, smooth animation, and tight controls. I love how Superman grabs enemies and hurls them into walls much like the Caped Crusader in Batman Returns (SNES, 1992). The fact that the walls actually incur damage may be the highlight of the game. Superman will take flight if you tap C twice, and he looks cool hovering over a backdrop of layered buildings.[..] Superman's eye beam attack is positively worthless, but his ground pound (A+B) is effective. The action is one-player-only, there's no score, and it's impossible to make significant progress without the Game Genie. Considering how far side-scrollers progressed by 1994, Death and Return of Superman comes off as a super lazy effort.