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Batman Returns is the name of many video games based on the June 1992 motion picture.

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SNES version[]

Batman Returns SNES

The Super Nintendo game is a left-to-right scrolling fighter beat-em-up, a genre that featured heavily on the console at the time.

The game takes the player through seven scenes featured in the film. Various members of the Red Triangle s Gang attack Batman throughout the game. Batman has a number of weapons and moves at his disposal, including the batarang. Each level ends with a boss character, which requires a little more effort and strategy to defeat. A number of levels are two-dimensional platform levels as opposed to the majority of the pseudo-3D levels where freer movement is permitted. The fifth level consists of driving the Batmobile in a chase scene where Batman must chase bikers and a heavily armed van from the gang. In order to defeat them, the Batmobile uses a machine gun.

Batman Returns was awarded Best Licensed Game of 1992 by Electronic Gaming Monthly.

Sega 16-bit versions[]


The Mega-CD/Sega CD and Mega Drive/Genesis versions of the game are more or less identical. The CD edition of the game features improved music in the form of CD audio with a number of animations featuring original artwork (not film photos), and a number of then-impressive 3D racing levels that took advantage of the graphics hardware provided by the Sega CD unit.

The Mega Drive/Genesis game was roundly criticized by the gaming press for having substandard-quality graphics and unoriginal and unexciting gameplay with an unfair difficulty level, while the Mega-CD/Sega CD one had some success due to the exciting racing levels and the rock music.

While different versions follow the movie's plot from start to finish, the Sega versions start after The Penguin kills the Ice Princess and puts the blame on Batman for killing her, as shown in the game's introductions.

NES version[]

Batman Returns NES

The NES version of the game is also a beat 'em up game. The player only has one life bar (which can be expanded through health packs). It implements a password-save system. Of special note are the two side-scrolling racing levels in which the player controlled the Batmobile and the Batskiboat.

Sega Master System and Game Gear versions[]

As with the 16-bit versions, the 8-bit versions of the game are side-scrolling platform games. However, the titles were created independently of the 16-bit versions. This version featured a unique branched level system, allowing players to choose from an easy and difficult route. The latter typically forced players to use rope swinging to navigate over large floorless areas in these versions of levels. According to a user on the SEGA Bits forum, it was originally supposed to be a Shinobi game.

Atari Lynx version[]

The Atari Lynx version is a 2D side-scroller that had some of the best graphics of Atari's portable. The game was well known for being notoriously difficult.

PC version[]

The PC version of the game, published by Konami, differs considerably from the other versions, in that it was not primarily an action game, rather an adventure game. This was because the PC was, at the time, still not considered a serious gaming system and was primarily host to games belonging in the adventure, role-playing video game and strategy genres.

It was received moderately well by the press.

Amiga version[]

The Amiga version of the game was a subject of considerable controversy. Gametek had, prior to the game's release, sent a number of screenshots derived from the PC title to market the game. As such, a number of computer magazines previewed the game as a direct conversion of the PC adventure.

The reality, however, was very different. The game was, contrary to expectations, not a conversion of the PC title, but a side-scrolling platform game akin to the console games. It was plagued with bugs, including very inaccurate collision detection.

The gaming press almost universally panned the game for the aforementioned bugs, for being near unplayable (with controls that rarely reacted in the way they should have done) together with poor graphics and sound - the game was given marks as low as 19% (CU Amiga). The belief that the Amiga version would be a conversion of the PC title may have been contributory to the disappointment and anger expressed by many magazines - reviews on modern retro gaming sites are, however, not generally so critical of the game, although few offer much praise.