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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.4
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.4
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Overall User Score (5 votes) 3.6

Critic Reviews

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Crash! (Jan, 1989)
The caped crusader doesn't seem to have aged well on the Spectrum. First there was Jon Ritman and Bernie Drummond's isometric Batman (93%, Issue 28) arcade adventure which, while a great game, featured a distinctly plump superhero. For the new game the hero's thankfully slimmed down, but now he's started misplacing his false teeth!
Your Sinclair (Apr, 1991)
Before the Teenage Merchandising Totals there was Batman, the original Hero of Hype. This is the second of his 3 Ocean games (sandwiched between 3D and The Movie) with 2 separate scenarios and the action laid out in comic strip panels. Depending on which side you load, you're either trying to foil The Penguin's latest world domination plot, or else out to congratulate The Joker on disposing of that irritating git who's been tagging along with you for years... (what? Oh, sorry)... or else out to apprehend The Joker to free your kidnapped buddy Robin. (Ahem.)
The screen display is great - there's even an option to play with the backgrounds in mono or full colour. The game plays well, though it is sometimes annoying to try a low kick on an opponent and end up in the utilities screen. Overall, it's fun to play, and will keep arcade (and Batman) fans happy for a long time.
Your Sinclair (Jan, 1989)
So, yet another triumph for Ocean, and without doubt Special FX's finest achievement so far. I know what I want for Christmas...
A tune plays throughout, but is nothing more than a parody of the Batman tune. In game effects are nice, not brilliant, but nice. Quite a fun game but, to my mind, not nearly as good as the first one. Nice packaging, though.
Highlights of colour cause clash, but a monochrome mode may be selected, along with a screen background colour. Characters are detailed and Batman looks taller than his C64 counterpart. Zombie-like henchman are slow and less damaging than on the Commodore, increasing playability.
Mag diese Spielprinzip, eine Mischung aus Labyrinth- und Actionspiel mit einem Hauch Strategie, auch schon etwas abgegriffen und in zahlreichen älteren Games verwendet worden sein (ich denke da an die Wally-Serie von MICROGEN), so ist es OCEAN doch gelungen, durch ein abwechslungsreiches Geschehen viel Spannung und Spaß zu erzeugen. Es ist außerdem beileibe nicht einfach, die vielen Gegenstände richtig zu kombinieren und anzuwenden, da müßt Ihr schen ein bißchen grübeln! Da BATMAN letztendlich auch technisch auf beiden Rechnern passabel programmiert wurde und den Spielehungrigen gleich zwei Games in einer Verpackung offeriert, kann ich Euch nicht vom Kauf abhalten. Weihnachten ist zwar schon vorbei, aber vielleicht laßt Ihr Euch ja vom Osterhasen einen BATMAN ins Nest legen.
Retro Archives (May 23, 2020)
Batman : The Caped Crusader ne cesse de nous rappeler qu’il est beaucoup plus à l’aise sur les systèmes 8 bits. Même si le jeu n’est pas miraculeusement devenu passionnant en débarquant sur la machine de Sinclair, il offre au moins une version sérieuse où les joueurs les plus dévoués pourront espérer progresser.