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The NES version of Batman: The Video Game is loosely based on the 1989 movie. It is a side-scrolling game, with a blue dressed Batman fighting enemies such as robots, jet-packed soldiers, ninjas and mutants.

The game consists in five levels somewhat related to the movie: Gotham City streets (with Killer Moth as the final boss), AXIS Chemical Factory (with Machine Intelligence System as boss), Underground Conduit (with Electrocutioner as boss), the Laboratory Ruins (the Dual-Container Alarm as boss) and Gotham's Cathedral (with Firebug as boss) where Batman finally faces the Joker. Before each level, a cutscene with scenes from the movie is displayed.

Besides his ever trusting punches, Batman has plenty of weapons in his utility belt: the Batarang, the Spear Gun and the Dirk (a three direction weapon). Batman has an ammunition counter shared for the three weapons. The Batarang takes one pellet per shot, the Spear Gun two pellets and the Dirk, three. Batman also has an eight hit life bar, which can be replenished by collecting hearts dropped by killed enemies. The enemies will also drop pellet items (10 pellets per item) and bonus items (which will only sum up points).

Batman can also perform a "wall jump": he'll grab a wall when jumping toward it, allowing him to escalate some narrow passages. Batman has three lives and unlimited continues.

Screenshots

Batman: The Video Game NES Stage 2-3: Those little trapdoors release walking bombs which can be a good source of items if you punch them quickly enough.
Batman: The Video Game NES Facing an enemy.
Batman: The Video Game NES Stage 3-1: those big jumping guys are a real pain!
Batman: The Video Game NES The third boss, Electrocutioner

Alternate Titles

  • "Batman" -- Title screen/ instruction manual title
  • "Batman" -- Japanese title
  • "バットマン" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

I'm Batman! And a great movie-based game! Ivan Obretenov (33) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Outstanding (and unprecedented) movie adaptation Multimedia Mike (18029) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
"Winged freak...wait till' they get a load of me!" Crazy Horse (12) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Insomnia Mar 12, 2010 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GamesCollection Jan 14, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Joystick (French) Sep, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Mean Machines Dec, 1990 87 out of 100 87
Defunct Games Aug 15, 2009 85 out of 100 85
Jaded Gamer, The Jul 21, 2004 84 out of 100 84
Total!! UK Magazine Jan, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Apr, 1990 31 out of 40 78
Play Time Dec, 1991 74 out of 100 74
Lens of Truth May 26, 2009 6.5 out of 10 65

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Trivia

Music

The music in the first two levels of the Japanese and western version is swapped.

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