A platform shooter
based on the cartoon
series of the same name, developed by Clockwork Tortoise
for the Sega Mega Drive
and (I think) Super Nintendo
. The gameplay is reminiscent of Shinobi
, albeit with a harsher difficulty
level. The plot involves all the usual Gotham City
crims (including The Joker
, The Riddler
and The Penguin
) escaping from Arkham Asylum
and wreaking havoc while the city is held to ransom by Mr. Freeze
. So of course the Bat-meister
and the Boy Wonder
have to sort them out.
Graphically the game is quite gorgeous, blending the art deco stylings of the TV show with an illusion of depth conjured up through the use of technical trickery (and lots of deep shading). The very first level is a great showcase of their success- a street scene infested with goons dressed as clowns (a la Batman Returns) is somehow made to appear three-dimensional, by using finely-grained parallax scrolling across the entire height of the screen. Unfortunately the sound (at least in the MD version) is not up to the same standard, with a range of nondescript techno-ish tunes and minimalistic sound effects standing in for the sorely-missed movie score and comic-book thwack! and kapoww!'s.
The game presents a more imaginitive treatment of the source material than most previous bat-games, but unfortunately the insane difficulty limits its appeal. Enemies mob you in time-honoured scrolling beat-'em-up fashion, which is fair play for an arcade game where time is money, but overly frustrating for a console game where credits are strictly limited.