DescriptionThe 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.
Part of the Following Groups
|Classic Beat-'em-up that's even better than the movie it's based upon.||Stsung (52)|
|Terrible Film. Fun Game.||MasterMegid (900)|
|Fun, but also hard.||scabadoo (32)||unrated|
The Press Says
|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|
|Just Games Retro||Jan 23, 2002||90 out of 100||90|
|Super Play Magazine UK||May, 1993||87 out of 100||87|
|Jeuxvideo.com||Mar 04, 2011||16 out of 20||80|
|Retrogaming History||Nov 10, 2008||8 out of 10||80|
|Video Games||Jun, 1993||73 out of 100||73|
|Digital Press - Classic Video Games||Dec 13, 2003||7 out of 10||70|
|Power Play||Jun, 1993||59 out of 100||59|
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EndingsDepending 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.
MusicThis 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.
Related Web Sites
- Video review of Batman games (WARNING: Language) (The Angry Video Game Nerd, James Rolfe, reviews Batman-based games, including Batman Returns.)