Batman Forever (Game Gear)
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- For other games with the same name, see Batman Forever.
|System(s): Sega Game Gear|
|Publisher: Acclaim Entertainment (US, EU)
Acclaim Japan (JP)
|Developer: Probe Entertainment, Black Team|
|Licensor: DC Comics, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment|
|Peripherals supported: Gear-to-Gear Cable|
|Number of players: 1|
Batman Forever (バットマンフォーエヴァー) is a Sega Game Gear beat-'em-up game developed by Probe Entertainment and Black Team. Based on the June 1995 film Batman Forever, the game was first published in the United States by Acclaim Entertainment in September 1995, was later published in Europe by the same publisher in October 1995, and was eventually localized and published in Japan by Acclaim Japan also that October.
Batman, the vigilante alter-ego of billionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne, must save Gotham City from the dastardly duo of Two-Face and the Riddler. Two-Face is the former Gotham District Attorney Harvey Dent, who was accidentally disfigured in a courtroom incident, which he blames on Batman. The Riddler is disgruntled Wayne Tech employee Edward Nygma, who is angry that Bruce Wayne rejected his invention, a device that beams television signals directly into people's brains. Batman is joined by the young circus acrobat Dick Grayson, whose parents were killed by Two-Face, who takes up the identity Robin.
The game is a side-scrolling beat-'em-up that plays similarly to the Mortal Kombat series of fighting games.
Batman moves with or and crouches with . He jumps with and somersaults with or . Batman can glide with his cape, slowing his descent, by pressing while in midair. He rolls along the ground with (or if facing left), which can be used to reposition or to knock over enemies. He jumps extra high, which can be used to reach higher floors, with ; he jumps back down to the lower floor with .
Batman does a low punch with and a low kick with . He does a high punch with + and a high kick (or roundhouse kick) with + (or + and + if facing left). He performs an uppercut with + and a sweep kick with +. He blocks by holding (the game cannot be paused). Batman grabs enemies when he is close to them with + (or + if facing left), which he can then throw by pressing or .
Batman has multiple gadgets that work like special moves in a fighting game. He has three standard gadgets that are equipped in every level, plus there are two additional slots that can be equipped with the player's choice of gadgets before each level starts. Gadgets are used by pressing certain button combinations. They can be used an unlimited number of times per level.
Batman has an energy bar, and he is knocked out if he loses all of his energy. He revives if he has extra credits remaining. If Batman is knocked out without any extra credits left, the game ends. There are three difficulty levels (Easy, Normal, and Hard).
These gadgets are hidden and can only be collected by finding all of the blueprints in a level.
|Partially replenishes Batman's energy bar.|
|Fully replenishes Batman's energy bar.|
|Provides a clue in the form of a riddle.|
|If collected when the scarred face is showing, gives the player an extra credit. If collected when the smooth face is showing, gives the player an extra credit and also fully replenishes Batman's energy bar.|
|Collect four in a single level to gain a new gadget for use in the next level.|
Each level has two parts.
|Second Bank of Gotham City|
|Two-Face and his thugs have taken over the Second Bank of Gotham City. Batman must rescue all of the watchmen and fight his way to the top of the building.|
|Two-Face and his gang of criminal clowns are threatening to blow up the Hippodrome. Batman must reach the rooftop to disarm the bomb before time runs out.|
|Abandoned Subway Station|
|Two-Face attempts to escape through the subway system.|
|Batman faces the Riddler on Claw Island.|
- Featuring: Brian Smyj, Jeff Gibson, Matt Norklun, Sasha Raught, Pewee Piemonte, Michael Margotta, Elizabeth Rossa
- Game Producer: Douglas Yellin
- Associate Producers: Michael Archer, Tyrone Miller
- Analysts: Simon Gouldstone, J.J. Mazziotto
- Administrative Assistant: Kristen Muzer
- Lead Tester: Jim Dunn
- Tester: Andy Falk, Richard Varney, Jeff Rosa, Damon Tabb
- Special Thanks: Larry Kelley, Jeremy Schwartz, Rob Zimmelman, Rob Muzer, Howard Schwartz, Roger Booth
- Coding: Balor Knight
- Game Producers: Tony Beckwith, Tim Bradstock
- Designer: Nick Baynes
- Music and SFX Arrangements: Andy Brock
- Graphics: Anna Knight, Darren Goodacre, Ned Langman, Pierson Lippard, Kevin McMahon, Phil Williams
- Storyboards: Alex Lawrence, Darren Goodacre, Dimitri Bakalov
- Animation Editors: Balor Knight, Kevin Watts, Tim Bradstock
- Level Designers: Balor Knight, Simon Bland, Jonathan Gibson
- Q.A. Team: Gary Patino, James Brown, Vicky Cheale, Nick McGree, Michael Movel, Clifford Ramsey, Mark Viccary
- Utilities: Chris Pile, Carl Muller, Gary Liddon, Bob Armour
- ProPack Compression: Rob Northen
- Special Thanks to: Jade Lucas
- Shot at Acclaim Studios, Glen Cove, New York
- Main article: Batman Forever (Game Gear)/Magazine articles.
|Sega Retro Average|
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- File:BatmanForever GG JP Box Front.jpg
- File:BatmanForever GG EU Box Back.jpg
- http://sega.jp/fb/segahard/gg/soft_licensee.html (Wayback Machine: 2013-01-01 20:24)
- File:BatmanForever MD-GG US PrintAdvert.jpg
- GamePro, "December 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 146
- File:Batman Forever GG credits.pdf
- EGM², "September 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 132
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "October 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 67
- Digitiser (UK) (1995-09-19)
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "November 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 52
- Famitsu, "1995-11-03" (JP; 1995-10-20), page 36
- Freak, "2/96" (IL; 1996-xx-xx), page 1
- Gamers, "November 1995" (DE; 1995-10-11), page 56
- Mega Force, "Octobre 1995" (FR; 1995-xx-xx), page 100
- Super Juegos, "Octubre 1995" (ES; 1995-xx-xx), page 137
|Batman Forever (Game Gear)|
|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)|