Batman (NES) Retrogaming Review

Batman is a platform game developed and published by Sunsoft. It was first released in 1989 in Japan and the next year for everywhere else. It is loosely based on the 1989 film of the same name.

The cutscenes (as simple as they are) are quite a nice thing to see before being thrown into the game.

I wonder what that sign said.
I wonder what that sign said.

First thing i noticed was the background and the music were very good in my opinion. After that it was the nice controls with a punch as B and a jump for A. There were a few things that bugged me though, first of all was the fact that enemies explode when they are punched and the second is the fact that you pause by pressing select. The wall-jump was cool and you need to learn it alot for later levels.

Something else that is cool is the weapons you can get like the Batamarang (?), a gun, and some crazy thrown thing that splits into 3. However, the point system kinda bugs me a bit. As much as being able to choose what special weapons you want to use is a good thing i’d rather they all have separate ammo. The point system just seems like something that only works with magic.

The boss is actually quite dumb.
The boss is actually quite dumb.

After just a little while its quite easy to notice theres quite a good variety of enemies which all need to be treated a little differently to defeat them (unless you use special weapons which turns everything into a joke). Even the boss wasn’t that hard when you spammed them with your most powerful weapon.

The game also seems unbelievably kind for a NES game. If you lose you can continue on the start of the stage you were on with all the weapon points. The only difference is you won’t have any points. Which is a really nice thing for people that aren’t Hardcore/Expert gamers.

Overall, i think this game is quite nice and would probably be worth picking up if you can find it.


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