Batman: Revenge of The Joker

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Batman: Revenge of The Joker
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sunsoft
Developer:
Licensor: DC Comics
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.9549.95[2] T-15046
Non-Sega versions

Batman: Revenge of The Joker is a Batman game developed by Ringler Studios and published by Sunsoft for the Sega Mega Drive. It was released on the NES and Game Boy as Batman: Return of The Joker. Despite being published by Sunsoft, it is not a sequel to their earlier Mega Drive game Batman, but is instead an entirely new game based on the comic books.

This version of Revenge of The Joker was only released in the US.

Story

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Batman and the Joker

Masked vigilante Batman has been called by Gotham City to find metals stolen by his arch-nemesis, the Joker, one of which is highly toxic and used to build explosives for missiles. Batman must journey to the Island of Ha-Hacienda, the secret hide-out of the Joker.

Gameplay

The game is a side-scrolling platformer. Batman walks with Left and Right and ducks with Down. He jumps with C and jumps higher the longer the button is held. He kicks with C and can kick while walking with Left+C or Right+C or while in the air with Up+C or B+C. He can slide on the ground with Down+C. Batman is armed with a wrist projector that can be fired while standing with A or while crouching with Down+A. The player change its type of ammunition by collecting icons throughout the levels. All weapons except the starting weapon can be charged for a special secondary effect by holding A. Batman can also collect energy capsules that, if eight are obtained, can make him become invincible for a few seconds with A+B+C.

Batman's health is indicated by bars in the corner of the screen. He loses health when he takes damage from enemies or hazards. His health is carried over to the next level, and he has no way of replenishing health. If he loses all of his health, he loses a life and must restart the level from the beginning with the base weapon. Some hazards, such as pits or spikes, cause Batman to lose his life regardless of how much health he has remaining. If the player runs out of lives, the game ends, but it can be continued from the beginning of the current level. The game has a passcode system for continuing; the player can view the current passcode by pausing the game with  START .

Boss fights use a separate life meter that is represented by numbers. The boss has a similar meter and is defeated when the meter is exhausted.

Weapons

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Batarangs
Shoots Batarangs that follow the movement of on-screen enemies.

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Crossbow
Shoots arrows that makes an enemy explode.

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Sonic Neutralizers
Shoots two patterns of Batarangs in a criss-cross shape.

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Shield Stars
Shoots three streams of darts in a fan-shaped spread.

Items

Items are usually found in crates but sometimes dropped by defeated enemies. Items disappear if not collected quickly.

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Backpack Energy Capsule
Collect 8 to use Batman's temporarily invincibility ability with A+B+C. Batman can stockpile up to 31 capsules, though only the first 8 are shown.
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Wrist Projector Ammunition
Changes Batman's wrist projector to a different weapon, depending on the icon. Shoot to cycle through the letters.

Levels

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Gotham City Cathedral

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The Joker's Warehouse

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Snow Mountain

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Refinery

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Underground Conduit

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Ammunition Base

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Island of Ha-Hacienda

Versions

While from a gameplay standpoint, all versions of Batman: Revenge of The Joker (or Return of the Joker) are broadly the same, few of the art assets were shared between ports, meaning the Mega Drive Revenge of The Joker has an aesthetic unique to the system.

Backgrounds are generally darker than their counterparts on the Super NES, but colours are more vibrant. Level layouts are structured similarly, but the precise positioning of platforms again differs between the two versions, sometimes to the benefit of the Mega Drive game, and other times to the Super NES. The Mega Drive version usually has more detailed backgrounds, but the SNES has a more explanatory HUD.

Against Batman: Return of The Joker, the Mega Drive version is the more accurate of the two 16-bit ports, however the brighter and more colourful aesthetic creates a very different tone from the 8-bit version.

Production credits

  • Produced by: Ed Ringler
  • Programming: Chris Oke
  • Graphics: Lance Hutto, Karen Ffinch, Klee Miller, Chris Oke, Simon Ffinch, Ed Ringler
  • Sound FX: T. Tallarico
  • Music Score: Sunsoft
  • Genesis Music: T. Tallarico
Source:
In-game credits[3]


Magazine articles

Main article: Batman: Revenge of The Joker/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #39: "October 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
50
[6]
Cool Gamer (RU)
40
[7]
Computer & Video Games (UK) NTSC-U
59
[8]
Computer + Video Giochi (IT)
88
[9]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
80
[10]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 4 (RU)
50
[11]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
68
[12]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
60
[2]
GamesMaster (UK) PAL
68
[13]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) NTSC-U
78
[14]
Mega (UK) NTSC-U
67
[15]
Mega Action (UK) NTSC-U
68
[16]
MegaTech (UK) NTSC-U
75
[17]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) NTSC-U
68
[18]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
51
[19]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-U
84
[20]
Sega Zone (UK) NTSC-U
81
[21]
Sega Force (UK) NTSC
60
[22]
Supergame (BR) NTSC-U
70
[23]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
72
[24]
Video Games (DE)
38
[25]
Sega Mega Drive
65
Based on
21 reviews

Batman: Revenge of The Joker

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 caa044a1
MD5 6c31495e2f75c4643837558488b03947
SHA-1 e780c949571e427cf1444e1e35efe33fc9500c81
1MB 1992-12 Cartridge (US)

References

  1. GamePro, "September 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 28
  2. 2.0 2.1 GamePro, "May 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 56
  3. File:Batman Revenge of the Joker MD credits.pdf
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 150
  5. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "February 1993" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 226
  6. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 29
  7. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 28
  8. Computer & Video Games, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-15), page 40
  9. Computer + Video Giochi, "Aprile 1993" (IT; 1993-xx-xx), page 98
  10. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 293
  11. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 4, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 51
  12. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 24
  13. GamesMaster, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-18), page 42
  14. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 26
  15. Mega, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-18), page 46
  16. Mega Action, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 32
  17. MegaTech, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-20), page 58
  18. Mean Machines Sega, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-26), page 50
  19. Sega Power, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-01), page 50
  20. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 50
  21. Sega Zone, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-08), page 42
  22. Sega Force, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-01), page 82
  23. Supergame, "Maio 1993" (BR; 1993-05-xx), page 14
  24. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 22
  25. Video Games, "7/93" (DE; 1993-06-30), page 83


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