Format reviewed: SNES
Submitted by: Kinetic Card
Few superheroes have been as mistreated and misrepresented in video games as The Dark Knight except, maybe, Superman, Aquaman, Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man… Come to think of it most superheroes are more mistreated than The Caped Crusader. Regardless, there are too few examples of games worthy of the World's Greatest Detective's Bat-stamp of approval. Most will site the classic NES game, Batman and his most recent outing, Arkham Asylum but too few will mention the SNES version of Batman Returns.
Taking its inspiration from Capcom's Final Fight and an almost too literal take on the movie it's based on, Batman Returns is an enjoyable romp from Konami, who know how to make great side-scrolling beat-em-ups like Teenage mutant Ninja Turtles and The X-Men arcade game…two comic book franchises that have fared quite well in video games, hmmmm…
Good Batman games are few and far between, as are good movie licenced games so check this one out.
Format reviewed: Atari Lynx
Submitted by: Darran Jones
Atari's Batman Returns has some really impressive visuals. Sprites are suitably large and make a real impact on the Lynx's small screen, while the animation throughout it really solid, with both the baddies and Dark Knight constantly impressing with their size and design.
Sadly, Batman's polished graphics are the only thing it has going for it, as it's one boring title to play through. Scrolling fighters can often became repetitive to play due to their simplistic gameplay, but Batman Returns suffers more than most.
Enemies are extremely difficult to avoid due to the way they suddenly appear onscreen with little or no warning, sticks of dynamite and other, often avoidable objects, constantly deplete your precious health bar, while levels are just far too long for their own good.
As a result, Batman Returns becomes nothing more than an endurance test into how long you can play in a single bout before you end up turning the damn thing off. The most I've managed so far is about ten minutes.