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- Batman the movie -

Movies and games are bad companions, usually those games are an attempt to cash in on the success of a movie and thus are often of low quality. So it's quite a relief when a moviegame is made that is not a complete dud and Batman the movie is one of them.

There are three types of levels devided among a total of five. The first and last level are scrolling platform levels where batman has to swing and fight his way through loads of badguys to reach Jack Napier/ the joker. You can use your batarang to take out badguys and to hook it to the scenery to swing and climb. There are plenty of other obstacles as well like acid and high falls that will kill the hero. The third and fifth are chase sequences, the first involves the batmobile and you have to drive a certain distance in a set amount of time. When you round a corner you can use a grappling hook to make a sharp turn just like in the movie. The second chase involes the batwing and you have to cut 100 toxic balloons which are tied to trucks before time runs out. The third level is an odd one and is a variation on the old mastermind game where you have to guess the three correct items that will form smilex. (in case you don't know what smilex is it is a poison that will kill people and leave a big smile in the process) Each time you select three items it will tell you how much correct items there are and you have to figure out the correct ones. You only get a limited number of turns and only one minute to do this.

The gameplay is quite varied with the three different levels but it can be quite difficult because it's easy to loose energy when you are hit by gunfire or other things. If you loose a life you are usually send back to the first or second half of a level depending on where you died. Loose all three lives you have and it's game over. The third level is a bit odd one though it relies a lot on luck and it's easy to loose all your lives if you happen to choose the wrong items. The chase sequences are excellent especially the batmobile one and at the time of release many racing games didn't even have that kind of graphics. The amiga version especially shines in this sequence as the view is shown from behind the car like most racing games. The less powerfull systems show it from a high side view but this is more a case of hardware limitations and they are still fun to play.

Graphically and musically there isn't much to fault the game, is has good music and graphics are for what each system is capable off also very good. Soundwise the DOS version is a bit of a disapointment though as it does not support any soundcards except the pc-beeper. Despite that the game is not truly groundbraking in any way it is an enjoyable action game with varied levels that will have you playing till the end, great stuff!
Of all the systems the Amiga one is the best there is and it is the recommended version.

Overal rating: 8/10

Erde Kaiser

This game was released for several different systems here are some notes:
Amiga Released in 1989.
Game has been tested and completed with winUAE v0.9.91.
This version is excellent with nice graphics and sound. Also the chase sequences are seen from behind the vehicle instead of from the side and they are very good.
The third level contains an excellent music track.
Amstrad CPC Released in 1989.
Game has been tested but not completed with winAPE v2.0 A6.
Not quite as good as the C64 version but it's not bad.
Type run "batman" to start the game from the Amstrad command prompt.
Atari ST Released in 1989.
This version is very similar to the Amiga version
I was unable to obtain a proper working version of this game so I could not test it.
C64 Released in 1989.
Game has been tested and completed with CCS64 V2.0 win.
The second best version with nice graphics and good sound. This version also contains a couple of trainers.
DOS Released in 1990.
Game has been tested but not completed on a DOS and Win2k PC.
Graphics are quite good but there is almost no sound. The chase sequences are like the Amiga version but not guite as good.
ZX Spectrum Released in 1989.
Game has been tested but not completed with emuZwin 2.5.
Graphically not good compared to the others but gameplay wise on par with the C64 and Amstrad versions. This version only works on a spectrum 48 and as such it contains very little music and sound effects.

Date added Dec-03-2004 10:54
Name Batman the movie
Developer Ocean
Publisher Ocean
First released 1989
Genre Action
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Download Amstrad CPC, filesize: 84 Kb
Commodore 64, filesize: 93 Kb
Commodore Amiga, filesize: 1292 Kb
MS-DOS, filesize: 381 Kb
ZX Spectrum, filesize: 73 Kb
Manual Download manual , filesize: 3 Kb
Zip is the same as the text manual.
Solve / Docs No solve available
Get manual in text format here

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