Batman Returns (Game Gear)

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From Sega 8-bit specialists Aspect comes one of many adaptations of Tim Burton's 1992 superhero sequel Batman Returns. Like other versions, it is a side-scrolling platformer. While very similar to the Master System version, the Game Gear version has slightly different levels and gameplay mechanics.

Batman must move through five stages on his way to defeat the Penguin. These include the streets and rooftops of Gotham City, Max Shreck's department store, the sewers, and the Penguin's lair. For the first four levels, a route can be selected from two options, allowing for different paths through the game.

Enemies standing in Batman's way can be defeated by throwing the Batarang at them, which will take out most baddies with one or just a few hits, even though the weapon's range is limited. Other tools Batman can use are a grappling hook to pull himself up to higher levels or swing across dangerous areas, and his cape, which can be used as a parachute, for more control during falls.

Unlike in the Master System version, Batman can take more than one hit: he has a health bar, which can be refilled with powerups hidden in bat symbols.


Batman Returns Game Gear A bomb-throwing femme fatale
Batman Returns Game Gear Too bad he fell into a sea of burning parraphine
Batman Returns Game Gear The first one just needs a punch in the face
Batman Returns Game Gear Stage 1 clear

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Alternate Titles

  • "バットマンリターンズ" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

GameFan Magazine Dec, 1992 92 out of 100 92
1UP! Nov 20, 2009 86 out of 100 86
Joystick (French) Nov, 1992 80 out of 100 80
Mean Machines Feb, 1993 79 out of 100 79
Sega Force May 13, 1993 77 out of 100 77
Score Jul, 1994 70 out of 100 70
Play Time Jan, 1993 69 out of 100 69
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Mar, 1993 8 out of 12 67
Retrogaming History Mar 05, 2010 6 out of 10 60
Power Play Jul, 1992 52 out of 100 52


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Terok Nor (26691) added Batman Returns (Game Gear) on Oct 06, 2009