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Batman The Caped Crusader

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Released: 1988

Genre: Adventure

Format reviewed: Commodore 64

Publisher: Ocean

Developer: Special FX

Submitted by: James Evans

Batman seems to be the only superhero that does not make crappy games. From the large selection only a few are poor. The Caped Crusader is a fantastic example of an original fun puzzle solving beat em up brought by the Ocean powerhouse yet again.

Even if it wasn't Batman, the games presentation could sell it – you leave the screen and it layers another comic book page on top of the previous. To an eight year old boy this was something special.

You get two games in one – you have to stop the Joker bombing the city whilst saving Robin and you must also find and defeat the Penguin. You have an inventory screen to help assist in solving the puzzles – using items in specific places. In between this, enemies in the form of goons, remote controlled planes and tiny wind up penguins patrol the screens. They can not be killed but do run away when defeated.

The game would be made much simpler if it was not for a constantly dropping set of health bars that can only be refilled by using various items. Trial and error is key to getting anywhere in the game but it does pay off.

It has everything – great story, quality sound track and the sprites really make the graphics stand out. Also a great example of an Ocean loading screen – simply beautiful.