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The 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.


Batman Returns SNES The usual Batman equipment is always with you
Batman Returns SNES Smashing two foes against each other
Batman Returns SNES The Penguin's mechanical duck
Batman Returns SNES Meeting Michelle... ahem... Selina ;)

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Alternate Titles

  • "バットマンリターンズ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Classic Beat-'em-up that's even better than the movie it's based upon. Stsung (53) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Terrible Film. Fun Game. MasterMegid (902) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Fun, but also hard. scabadoo (38) unrated

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Dec 26, 2005 A 100
Just Games Retro Jan 23, 2002 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Super Play (UK) May, 1993 87 out of 100 87
Play Time Apr, 1993 86 out of 100 86 Mar 04, 2011 16 out of 20 80
Retrogaming History Nov 10, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Play Time 1993 77 out of 100 77
Mega Fun Apr, 1993 74 out of 100 74
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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Depending 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.


This 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.

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Terok Nor (30414) added Batman Returns (SNES) on Aug 08, 2006