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Batman: The Video Game (Genesis)

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Description

The Genesis version of Batman: The Video Game follows closely the plot from the 1989 movie.

The game consists in six stages, four of side-scrolling platform action and two side-scrolling shooter ones, in the following order: Gotham City Street, Axis Chemical Factory, Flugelheim Museum, Gotham City Street (with the Batmobile and after that on foot), In the Sky over Gotham City (with the Batwing) and the Cathedral, where Batman finally faces the Joker.

Batman can beat his enemies by punching them, slide kicking (by pressing down and the B button) or throwing his Batarang. By holding down the B button, Batman will block projectile-based attacks. He can also use his double jump (pressing the C button a second time while ascending) to leap greater distances or attack his enemies. To reach higher platforms, Batman can use his Grappling Hook (by pressing up and C to shoot, C again to climb). While piloting the Batmobile or the Batwing, Batman can shoot the Twin Vulcan Cannons (B button) or Twin Homing Missiles (A button).

Through the levels, Batman will collect Batman emblems (which will give him Batarangs or Twin Homing Missiles, depending on the stage played), Hearts (which give him health) and Batman heads (which give him an extra life).

Screenshots

Batman: The Video Game Genesis The last boss at Flugelheim Museum. The Joker holds Vick Vale while Batman deals with one of his thugs.
Batman: The Video Game Genesis That boxer guy from Gotham City Street is back also.
Batman: The Video Game Genesis Batman arrives at the crowded Gotham Cathedral.
Batman: The Video Game Genesis The second face off with that guy from the Flugelheim Museum. I guess this time Batman won't flee with his grappling hook.

Alternate Titles

  • "Batman" -- Japanese title
  • "バットマン" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

The Best Adaption Of The Original Film. Guy Chapman (1745) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
"I Want You To Tell All Your Friends About Me. I'm Batman!" MasterMegid (897) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Nov 27, 2005 A- 91
Player One Sep, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jun, 1991 8 out of 10 80
Sega Force Sep, 1992 75 out of 100 75
Power Play Oct, 1990 73 out of 100 73
1UP! Oct 06, 2006 72 out of 100 72
Sega-16.com Jan 02, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Jeuxvideo.com Aug 15, 2010 14 out of 20 70
IGN Jul 23, 2008 6 out of 10 60
Defunct Games Jul 16, 2012 C+ 58

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Trivia

Cover

The screenshots shown in the back cover of the US cartridge are actually from the NES version.

Plot

Of all the versions of the game, the Sega Genesis version is the one that closest follows the plot and events of the film, with the turning of Jack Napier into the Joker, and Batmobile and Batwing chases.

Information also contributed by chirinea.
Roedie (5226) added Batman: The Video Game (Genesis) on Aug 13, 2002