Batman Returns (Master System)

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Batman Returns
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega Master System
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
EU (Classic)
€? 7112-50
Sega Master System
£29.99[1][2] 7112
Sega Master System
?F 7112
Sega Master System
DM ? 7112
Sega Master System
?Ptas 7112
Sega Master System
$? ?
Sega Master System
R$? 027050

Batman Returns for the Sega Master System, like its cousins, is a sidescrolling action game, though contains different levels and gameplay mechanics. It is based upon the 1992 Batman Returns film. The game received favourable reviews.


Batman Returns is a platform game with simple mechanics. Batman can use his "Batarangs" for attacking enemies with 1 and can jump with 2. By pressing 2 quickly in mid air, Batman can swing around with his grappling hook. Batman can also glide in the air by pressing and holding 2 in mid air.

There are a few power ups in the game which can be acquired by hitting the bat symbols with Batarangs. Red symbol give one extra life. Grey symbol increased power and speed of Batarangs while the Yellow symbol increases Batarang's speed (Disputed).

Unlike the Sega Game Gear version, Batman has no life bar, with one hit being enough to bring him down (this is however compensated by game's abundance of extra lives). It is otherwise relatively similar to the Game Gear version.


Batman Returns on the Master System contains a total of five stages which are divided into several sections. At the beginning of each chapter, players choose between one of the two routes. Route A is typically shorter and easier one, while Route B is harder with many large pitfalls. At the end of each stage there is a boss which must be defeated in order to proceed.

BatmanReturns SMS Stage1.png Stage 1 - Streets of Gotham City
Penguin's thugs are raising havoc in the streets. Contain the situation and defeat Penguin's flame breathing giant henchman.
BatmanReturns SMS Stage2.png Stage 2 - Shopping Mall
Stop the marauding robbers in Shreck's shopping mall and face the mysterious Catwoman.
BatmanReturns SMS Stage3.png Stage 3 - Rooftops
Battle on the tops of Gotham's highest buildings as you follow Penguin's trail.
BatmanReturns SMS Stage4.png Stage 4 - Sewers
You are one step away from Penguin's hideout. Survive the endless traps and a get ready for a rematch with Catwoman.
BatmanReturns SMS Stage5.png Stage 5 - Penguin's Hideout
Prepare for final battle as you face countless of Penguin's goons. He is waiting you at the end with his customized "tank".

Production credits

Source: In-game credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Batman Returns (Master System)/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


TodoSega ES 02.pdf

Print advert in
Todo Sega (ES) #2: "Mayo 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
74 №16, p41[3]
76 №34, p232[4]
70 №6, p64-66[2]
77 №26, p106/107[5]
54 №1, p22-25[6]
67 №43, p36/37
53 №18, p56
61 №5, p38/39
Sega Master System
Based on
8 reviews

Master System, EU
BatmanReturns SMS EU Box.jpg
BatmanReturns SMS EU Cart.jpg
Batman Returns SMS EU Manual.pdf
Master System, EU
(Classic Master System)
BatmanReturns SMS EU Box Classic.jpg
BatmanReturns SMS EU Cart.jpg
Master System, AU

BatmanReturns SMS AU Cart.jpg
Master System, BR
BatmanReturns SMS BR Box.jpg
Batmanreturns sms br manual.pdf


  1. File:SegaMasterForce UK 01.pdf, page 25
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 File:MeanMachinesSega06UK.pdf, page 60
  3. File:Joypad FR 016.pdf, page 41
  4. File:Joystick FR 034.pdf, page 232
  5. File:PlayerOne FR 026.pdf, page 102
  6. File:SegaMasterForce UK 01.pdf, page 22

Batman games for Sega systems
Sega Mega Drive
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)
Sega Game Gear
Batman Returns (1992) | The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1995) | Batman Forever (1995)
Sega Master System
Batman Returns (1993)
Sega Mega-CD
Batman Returns (1993) | The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1995)
Batman Forever (1995)
Sega Saturn
Batman Forever (1996) | Batman & Robin (unreleased)