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Batman
North American box art
Developer(s)Sunsoft
Publisher(s)
Producer(s)Kiharu Yoshida
Programmer(s)Yoshitaka Kawabe
Hiroaki Atsumi
Artist(s)Yoshiaki Iwata
Kazutomo Mori
Masayuki Aikawa
Yabu Chan
Rieko Sakai
Akira
Composer(s)Naoki Kodaka
Shinichi Seya
Platform(s)Sega Genesis
Release
Genre(s)Action, Platformer
Mode(s)Single-player

Batman is a video game released for the Sega Genesis, which was inspired by the 1989 Tim Burton-directed Batman film. The Genesis version was also produced by Sunsoft. The game is more faithful to the film's plot than the NES version and features levels in which the player controls Batman's vehicles.

Similarities and differences from the NES version

Unlike the NES version, this version stays closer to the plot of the film, and features the Batmobile and Batwing in the form of horizontal shooting levels. While the NES version allows three unique weapons and unlimited continues, the Genesis version only has the Batarang as a special weapon with limited continues. The grappling hook is an additional item. The game also deviates from the film plot because, in the film, Batman attempts to save Napier from falling into the chemicals, but fails. However, in the game, Batman actually knocks Napier into the vat. This game has several cutscenes, with the player advancing to the next destination after defeating a boss character.

Like the NES version, the music was also composed by Naoki Kodaka.[2]

Reception

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IGN gave the game a review score of 6/10 saying that "Sunsoft's Batman accurately recreates the movie and it was certainly a welcome treat after seeing the import featured in early gaming rags. Unfortunately, the game is too short and not especially challenging."[9] The game holds an aggregate score of 70% on GameRankings.[10] Mega Play’s four reviewers gave Batman very positive reviews and giving praise to the game’s graphics and gameplay, although they commented that the game is not as challenging and the gameplay is a little slow.[11] Console XS gave an overall review score of 82% writing: "It may get a tad boring, but the accurate graphics hold things together."[12] Mega Action gave a review score of 83% and praised the game’s graphics.[13] Megatech magazine praised the graphics and sound calling it "truly tremendous" and described the backgrounds as "sombre-looking as the sets in the film." And lauded the game’s soundtrack. The only criticism they had was the game being fairly easy to beat.[14]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Batman". Sega Retro.
  2. ^ "The Sega Genesis/Sega Mega Drive Music Archive". Project 2612. 2006-01-27. Retrieved 2011-01-06.
  3. ^ Levi Buchanan (July 23, 2008). "Batman Retro Review The game". IGN. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  4. ^ "Batman: The Video Game for Genesis on GameRankings". GameRankings. Archived from the original on December 26, 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  5. ^ "Mega Reviews". Mega Play: 61. July–August 1991. Retrieved March 9, 2022.((cite journal)): CS1 maint: date format (link)
  6. ^ "Software A-Z". Console XS (1): 127. June 1992. Retrieved March 23, 2022.
  7. ^ "Mega Library". Mega Action. No. 1. May 1993. p. 65. Retrieved March 27, 2022.
  8. ^ "Game Index". Megatech (1): 76. December 1991. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  9. ^ Levi Buchanan (July 23, 2008). "Batman Retro Review The game". IGN. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  10. ^ "Batman: The Video Game for Genesis on GameRankings". GameRankings. Archived from the original on December 26, 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  11. ^ "Mega Reviews". Mega Play: 61. July–August 1991. Retrieved March 9, 2022.((cite journal)): CS1 maint: date format (link)
  12. ^ "Software A-Z". Console XS (1): 127. June 1992. Retrieved March 23, 2022.
  13. ^ "Mega Library". Mega Action. No. 1. May 1993. p. 65. Retrieved March 27, 2022.
  14. ^ "Game Index". Megatech (1): 76. December 1991. Retrieved March 28, 2022.