Batman: Revenge of The Joker
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|Batman: Revenge of The Joker|
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Developer: Ringler Studios|
|Licensor: DC Comics|
|Sound driver: GEMS|
|Number of players: 1|
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.
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.
The game is a side-scrolling platformer. Batman walks with and and ducks with . He jumps with and jumps higher the longer the button is held. He kicks with and can kick while walking with + or + or while in the air with + or +. He can slide on the ground with +. Batman is armed with a wrist projector that can be fired while standing with or while crouching with +. 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 . Batman can also collect energy capsules that, if eight are obtained, can make him become invincible for a few seconds with ++.
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.
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.
|Shoots Batarangs that follow the movement of on-screen enemies.|
|Shoots arrows that makes an enemy explode.|
|Shoots two patterns of Batarangs in a criss-cross shape.|
|Shoots three streams of darts in a fan-shaped spread.|
Items are usually found in crates but sometimes dropped by defeated enemies. Items disappear if not collected quickly.
|Gotham City Cathedral|
|The Joker's Warehouse|
|Island of Ha-Hacienda|
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.
- Main article: Batman: Revenge of The Joker/Magazine articles.
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- GamePro, "May 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 56
- File:Batman Revenge of the Joker MD credits.pdf
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- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "February 1993" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 226
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- Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 28
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- GamesMaster, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-18), page 42
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- Mega Action, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 32
- MegaTech, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-20), page 58
- Mean Machines Sega, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-26), page 50
- Sega Power, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-01), page 50
- Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 50
- Sega Zone, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-08), page 42
- Sega Force, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-01), page 82
- Supergame, "Maio 1993" (BR; 1993-05-xx), page 14
- Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 22
- Video Games, "7/93" (DE; 1993-06-30), page 83
|Batman: Revenge of The Joker|
|Batman games for Sega systems|
|Batman (1990) | Batman: Revenge of The Joker (1992) | Batman Returns (1992) | The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1995) | Justice League Task Force (1995) | Batman Forever (1995)|
|Batman Returns (1992) | The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1995) | Batman Forever (1995)|
|Batman Returns (1993)|
|Batman Returns (1993) | The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1995)|
|Batman Forever (1995)|
|Batman Forever (1996) | Batman & Robin (unreleased)|