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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 Game Gear version, the Master System 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. At the beginning, the weapon's range is very limited, but it can be expanded by collecting powerups. 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 Game Gear version, there is no health bar: a single hit will kill Batman. To compensate, the game contains a generous amount of extra lives.


Batman Returns SEGA Master System This man is so round-bellied, his special attack is rolling into a ball
Batman Returns SEGA Master System Select a route - Stage 2
Batman Returns SEGA Master System The bad guy is staggering backwards
Batman Returns SEGA Master System On the roof - Stage 3

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Sega Force Mar 18, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Retro Game Reviews Jun 01, 2018 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Play Time Jun, 1993 70 out of 100 70 Jun 14, 2010 14 out of 20 70
Mean Machines Mar, 1993 70 out of 100 70
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Sep 26, 2005 6 out of 10 60
GamesCollection Dec 07, 2007 5.5 out of 10 55
Sega Master Force Aug, 1993 54 out of 100 54
Video Games Feb, 1993 51 out of 100 51
The Video Game Critic Dec 28, 2012 D 25


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Terok Nor (27912) added Batman Returns (SEGA Master System) on Oct 06, 2009