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Encyclopedia > Batman (video game)

Batman can mean two different video games inspired on the eponymous superhero from DC Comics. Namcos Pac-Man was a hit, and became a cultural phenomenon. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ...

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Batman (1986)

Screenshot from the ZX Spectrum version of Ocean's Batman
Screenshot from the ZX Spectrum version of Ocean's Batman

Prior to the film licenced version of the games, a 3D isometric arcade adventure was also released under the Batman licence by Ocean Software on Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum and MSX. This was written by Bernie Drummond and Jon Ritman and was very similar to Head over Heels, arguably their most successful title. In this game Batman has to rescue Robin, but to do so he must collect six parts of the batcraft hovercraft. During the game you pick up various items to help you, like boots that allowed you to jump. A freeware remake, called Watman, was produced for PC in 2000 as a DOS game. A remake has also been written for the Game Boy Advance. Image File history File links ZX_Batman. ... Image File history File links ZX_Batman. ... An isometric drawing of a cube. ... An Arcade Adventure is, as the name implies, a gaming genre containing both elements of arcade games and adventure games. ... The familiar Ocean logotype had an often prominent placement on the box art and is recognized by many people. ... The Amstrad CPC was a series of 8-bit home computers produced by Amstrad during the 1980s and early 1990s. ... The ZX Spectrum is a home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd. ... Sony MSX 1, Model HitBit-10-P MSX was the name of a standardized home computer architecture in the 1980s. ... Bear Bovver screenshot Jon Ritman was a software developer in the 1980s, working primarily on games for the ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC home computer range. ... For the rock group Cocteau Twins album, see Head over Heels Head Over Heels is a arcade adventure, first released in 1987 for Z80-microprocessor-based home computers (ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, MSX) by Jon Ritman (game design and programming) and Bernie Drummond (graphics). ... BHC SR-N4 The worlds largest car and passenger carrying hovercraft A hovercraft, or air-cushion vehicle (ACV), is a vehicle or craft that can be supported by a cushion of air ejected downwards against a surface close below it, and can in principle travel over any relatively smooth... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... ‹ The template below has been proposed for deletion. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


External links

World of Spectrum is a website devoted to cataloging and archiving material for the ZX Spectrum home computer pupular in the 1980s. ...

Batman - The Movie (1989)

The simple but effective box cover of Batman that matched the original video (and later DVD) cover
The simple but effective box cover of Batman that matched the original video (and later DVD) cover

In 1989, a video game inspired in the Batman film was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Mega Drive, MSX, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Commodore Amiga, Atari ST, Game Boy, and IBM PC. A number of factors including licensing issues and system limitations created the unusual scenario of each game being quite different on the different systems, particularly between the console and platform versions. Download high resolution version (512x714, 63 KB)video game box cover from http://media. ... Download high resolution version (512x714, 63 KB)video game box cover from http://media. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Batman is an American Academy Award-winning superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. ... “NES” redirects here. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) is a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ... Sony MSX 1, Model HitBit-10-P MSX was the name of a standardized home computer architecture in the 1980s. ... The ZX Spectrum is a home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd. ... The Commodore 64 is the best-selling single personal computer model of all time. ... The Amstrad CPC was a series of 8-bit home computers produced by Amstrad during the 1980s and early 1990s. ... Amiga is the name of a range of home/personal computers using the Motorola 68000 processor family, whose development started in 1982. ... The Atari 520ST Atari 1040STF with SC1224 color monitor The Atari ST is a home/personal computer that was commercially popular from 1985 to the early 1990s. ... For the entire Game Boy series of handheld consoles, see Game Boy line. ... IBM PC (IBM 5150) with keyboard and green screen monochrome monitor (IBM 5151), running MS-DOS 5. ...


ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Amstrad CPC versions

These versions were licensed to then Manchester based Ocean Software (now Infogrames), who were famed producing a wide range of film-licensed games that consisted largely of a series of sub-games. When the Batman games were released in 1989, this style was relatively new, and the game was well-received by the video gaming press. British ZX Spectrum magazine Your Sinclair awarded the game 91% on release. This article is becoming very long. ... The familiar Ocean logotype had an often prominent placement on the box art and is recognized by many people. ... Infogrames Entertainment SA (IESA) is an international holding company headquartered in Lyon, France. ... A minigame is a (usually short) segment of a video game that uses a different style of gameplay than the rest of the game. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Your Sinclair magazine logo Your Sinclair Issue 1, January 1986 Your Sinclair or YS as it was affectionately known, was a British computer magazine for the Sinclair range of computers, specifically the ZX Spectrum. ...


Commodore Amiga, Atari ST and IBM PC versions

These versions were similar to the above 8-bit versions, but the more advanced technology (for the time!) allowed more sophisticated effects to be used. The extra memory, processor power and graphic capabilities were put to use in the second and fourth levels, creating a full 3D effect instead of the side-scrolling subgames present in the 8-bit versions. 8-bit refers to the number of bits used in the data bus of a computer. ...


PC Engine version

A version of the game was released for the PC Engine in Japan on October 12, 1990. The game featured gameplay similar to that of Pac-Man. [1] For information on the Japanese version of this console, see PC Engine The TurboGrafx 16 is a video game console released by NEC in 1989, for the North American market. ... October 12 is the 285th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (286th in leap years). ... 1990 1990 in games 1989 in video gaming 1991 in video gaming Notable events of 1990 in video gaming. ... Pac-Man is an arcade game developed by Namco and licensed for distribution by Midway Games in 1979. ...


NES version

First stage in the NES version.
First stage in the NES version.

The console versions, specifically the NES and Sega Genesis versions, were developed by Sunsoft. The NES version was a four-way platform action game featuring the locations of the 1989 movie. The NES title had five levels culminating in a showdown with the Joker in Gotham Cathedral. The game had a much more futuristic feel to it than the movie, with robots, jet-packs and mutants. The game introduced completely new, cybernetic supervillain bosses such as the Firebug (similar to Firefly) and the Electrocutioner. The Joker, too, seemed to have the ability to summon enormous blasts of thunder from the heavens (although he also used his 'long pistol' with which he shoots the Batwing down in the movie). And when Batman dies in this game, he turns into ashes and disappears, signifying the effect of futuristic weapons burning his body completely (the burning ashes are shaped like a bat). It is the general consensus of many fans that this version has some of the best music on the NES. Image File history File links Screenshot of the video game Batman for NES. This is a screenshot of a copyrighted computer game or video game. ... Image File history File links Screenshot of the video game Batman for NES. This is a screenshot of a copyrighted computer game or video game. ... Sunsoft is a video game development company founded in 1985 as a division of Sun Corporation, itself a division of Sun Electronics, or Sun Denshi (サン電子) in Japan (its U.S. subsidiary operated under the name Sunsoft of America, though games they published showed a logo that read only SUNSOFT). ... Firefly is a fictional character in DC comics. ...


Mega Drive/Genesis version

This version was also produced by Sunsoft, and while critics were impressed by its graphics, sound and playability (similar to the Nintendo version) it had limited commercial success because it took so long for the final product to be released, due to Nintendo's former policy of producing titles for a Nintendo system exclusively. By the time this policy was abandoned, the game was released in 1991.


Unlike the NES, this version stays much closer to the plot of the film, and features the Batmobile and Batwing in the form of horizontal shooting levels. It was highly regarded by critics of most video game magazines who reviewed the Japanese version.


Non-console version levels and relation to the film

Level 1 - The Axis Chemical Plant - A standard platform level, Batman must fight through the Chemical Plant dispatching Jack Napier's henchmen, before a showdown with Napier himself. Batman must knock him into a vat of toxic chemicals, following the plot in the film. The game deviates from the film plot considerably in one respect however: in the film, Batman attempts to save Napier from falling into the chemicals, but fails, and in the game, Batman makes an active attempt to knock Napier into the vat.


Level 2 - The Batmobile - Batman must escape to the Batcave with Vicky Vale in the Batmobile with the Joker's henchmen in pursuit. Here the game differed greatly between the 8-bit and 16-bit versions. The 8-bit (Spectrum, Commodore and Amstrad) versions featured a side-scrolling game, whereas the 16-bit versions (Amiga, ST and PC) featured a full 3D "into-the-screen" racing game. Nonetheless, the features of the level remained similar - Batman must occasionally turn corners either by normal turning or by means of throwing the Batarang around a lamp post to swing the Batmobile around to the correct direction. Batman surrounded by batarangs. ... The Batmobile is the fictional personal automobile of comic book superhero Batman. ...


Level 3 - Chemical Analysis - Here Batman attempts to decipher the combination of products that the Joker has used in creating the poison "Smilex". It is a simple puzzle game similar to various versions of Mastermind, where the player must use logic and no small amount of guesswork to establish the correct group. Mastermind is a simple code-breaking board game for two players, invented in 1970 by Mordecai Meirowitz, an Israeli postmaster and telecommunications expert. ...


Level 4 - The Carnival - Batman, in control of the Batwing, must cut all of the Joker's Smilex-filled balloons to avoid a public massacre. If too many balloons are missed or Batman collides with too many balloons, releasing the gas, Batman loses a life. There is a minor difference between the game and film. In the film, Batman collects the balloons, and releases them later, whereas in the game, they are cut loose immediately.


Level 5 - Gotham City Cathedral - Batman must chase the Joker into the Cathedral, dispatching the Joker's henchmen along the way to a final showdown on the Cathedral's roof with Napier himself.


External links

World of Spectrum is a website devoted to cataloging and archiving material for the ZX Spectrum home computer pupular in the 1980s. ...

See also

Batman is a horizontally scrolling beat em up and Run and gun arcade game released by Atari Games in 1991, produced by Numega. ...

References

  1. ^ Batman - The PC Engine Software Bible. Retrieved on January 2, 2006.

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