by Malibu Interactive, Sega
I remember the game and the movie were released in the same years, at a few months distance, and I remember waiting for the game like a crazy fan. Like many other games of that period, Batman Returns was a side-scrolling platformer, from left to right. I think it is a bit strange that the gameplay looks very similar to the one in Final Fight, but you forget about this once you start playing it. There are seven total stages the player has to get through, and there are several characters from the Red Triangle Circus Gang featured in the game.
Batman Returns video:
The Penguin and Catwoman are teaming up to wreak havoc on Gotham City and it's up to you, as Batman, to stop them. Lead the caped crusader through seven challenging stages, fighting dozens of goons and hoods on your way to capturing the ringleaders. Use your Batarang and Batdiscs for ranged attacks, or get in closer for some hand-to-hand combat with the most ruthless enemies the Dark Knight has ever seen. Just make sure you've got enough energy to take on Catwoman and the Penguin, because they're both tougher than they look. All of Batman's skills, powers, and intelligence will be put to the test in Batman Returns. Fire up the Batmobile and be on the lookout for the Bat Signal as you do whatever it takes to keep Gotham City safe.
The graphics in Batman Returns were pretty reasonable; Batman was very large and looked like his movie counterpart. The backgrounds were very dark and true to Batman's flair. Plenty of movie scenes were capture in the game like the mall, and the sewers where the Penguin resides. The enemies also resemble some of the goons you faced in the movie.
The music in the Batman Returns, although it's not directly taken from the film, fits extremely well with the dark and ambient visuals. Although not much of it is memorable, you will find that the nice little tunes keep you motivated enough to continue playing. A few of the songs later on are actually a bit creepy. The title screen music fits the film, the tone of the game, and Christmas also. (As the game and the film both take place during Christmas.)
2005-07-24 Batman Returns is a side scroller game.