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Batman: Return of the Joker for the Game Boy is a platformer in which the Dark Knight must cross four levels to confront his arch-enemy, the Joker.

The first three of the stages (Sewers, Machine Shop and Train) can be tackled in any order, but the final level only opens up once the others are completed. In each, Batman has to face obstacles like traps, conveyor belts, moving platforms and many henchmen. He can use his fists to punch enemies as well as batarangs (with limited ammunition) to knock them out from afar. Batman's grappling hook connects to ceilings and is used to pull him across chasms or up platforms. He can also utilize a wall jump to get higher in narrow spaces. Power-ups to collect are health upgrades and batarang ammunition. At the end of each level, a boss fight awaits. Some of the bosses are immune to the batarangs, but all have a certain weakness.


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Batman: Return of the Joker Game Boy Title Screen
Batman: Return of the Joker Game Boy Use the Bat-Rope
Batman: Return of the Joker Game Boy The Train

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Alternate Titles

  • "バットマン リターン・オブ・ザ・ジョーカー" -- Japanese spelling

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Nintendo Acción 1993 93 out of 100 93
N-Force Jul, 1992 82 out of 100 82
Play Time Jul, 1992 79 out of 100 79
Video Games Jun, 1992 75 out of 100 75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) May, 1992 29 out of 40 72
Power Play Jul, 1992 72 out of 100 72
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1992 4 out of 12 33


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  • EGM
    • May 1992 (Issue 34) - Game of the Month

Terok Nor (23111) added Batman: Return of the Joker (Game Boy) on Sep 07, 2012