- Number of Levels: 5
- Theme: Action/Adventure
- Difficulty: Hard
- Number of Players: 1
- Available: March '90
THE DARK KNIGHT WAGES WAR ON THE JOKER IN BATMAN ...THE VIDEO GAME!
All through the summer, one film constantly packed theatres with movie fans of all ages who thrilled to heroes and villains, ugly thugs and pretty girls, and a title character who guaranteed plenty of action and adventure!
We're not talking about Indiana Jones or Ghostbusters either. The summer movie that brought new meaning to the words action and hysteria was none other than BATMAN. This blockbuster movie, which undoubtedly will go down in history as one of the most successful films of all time, brought together the perfect blend of all-star names (Nicholson, Keaton, Bassinger), top notch visual effects, perfect cinematography, a fab soundtrack, and most important of all, a dynamite story that brought the comic book Caped Crusader to life!
Now Sunsoft, always a leader in Nintendo softs, has unveiled the video game version of this soon-to-be classic motion picture. And, unlike some movies that become games, Sunsoft has successfully captured the spirit of the film while creating a gaming experience that is truly outstanding.
The video game version of Batman encompasses five different levels of play, including some familiar sights like the Axis chemical plant and the giant Bell Tower. Each level is broken up into separate parts that include one to three rounds of action against the Joker's compatriots and a final round against a more powerful Boss attacker.
The game play itself might remind you of Castlevania or other similar types of action/adventure contests where your hero occupies a central position on the screen at all times.
Besides fighting your way through the game's graphically detailed rounds, you can also perform a very helpful maneuver that seems a lot like the wall climb out of Ninja GaiDen. Skillfully jumping and pressing the button at the right time, makes Batman climb up walls and through passages, jumping from one wall to another as he progresses up or around screen objects.
Colorful intermissions are also played between levels and capture some of the exciting scenes from the movie, like the explosive entry of THE BATMOBILE into Axis Chemical, and the high-speed flight of THE BATWING over GOTHAM CITY. Some of the still pictures (which are displayed with text) look like they popped right out of the movie and into the cart!
Besides boasting some fantastic punching and kicking skills, Batman can also acquire different power-up weapons as he progresses to his final battle against the Joker. These weapons play an important role in later levels of play, and can be collected to insure proper stockpiles when more difficult situations arise.
Among the devices that Batman can pick up during his journey are a missile that fires straight ahead and explodes with great force at any target it hits. Batman will also discover a Batarang that flies out and slowly arcs back into his possession, inflicting damage on anything it hits along the way. Other special power-ups are also sure to turn up during Batman's battles.
Batman is one of the most exciting games we've previewed in recent months. With the possible exception of some stiff competition set to come from Acclaim's Double Dragon 2, Batman...the Video Game looks to be the best NES game.
STOP THE JOKER!
When you reach the end of the fifth level, you'll come face to face with the Joker himself.] The Joker isn't kidding around either! When you confront the master criminal of Gotham in the Bell Tower he'll brandish a loooooooonnng pistol with incredible destructive power! Help Batman exact revenge on the murderer of his parents and clean up Gotham City!
Batman begins his adventure on the streets of Gotham. This is your chance to master the different techniques in the game.
Batman uses the Batmobile to blow his way into Axis Chemical! Watch out for the toxic pools and drains as well as the electrical conduits.
Continue your journey through the sewers of Axis, avoiding the Joker's helpers. You must battle your way through a rock-like structure to reach the Boss.
Leap over flaming pits and defeat the monstrous thugs out to stop Batman in Level Four. Batman is almost there!
Take the Batwing to the Bell Tower! You must now move Batman to the top of the Tower to take on a final Boss and then the Joker himself!
The ultimate crusader of justice in Gotham City, Batman has incredible fighting skills and a score to settle with his arch-nemesis, the Joker.
This beautiful reporter is Batman's love interest and the object of the Joker's affection. Can Batman save her and Gotham City?
The most vile villain Gotham City has known and the killer of Bruce Wayne's parents. Can he and his henchmen stop Batman?
After you defeat the final Boss in round 5-2, the Joker will appear in the Bell Tower for a final fight against Batman! A thrilling finale awaits those who are skillful enough to overcome the Joker's fiendish plans and restore order to Gotham City.