Batman Returns (Master System)
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- For other games with the same name, see Batman Returns.
|System(s): Sega Master System|
|Developer: Sega CS2, Aspect (programming)|
|Licensor: DC Comics|
|Number of players: 1|
Batman Returns is a Sega Master System action platform game developed by Aspect and published by Sega. Based on the 1992 film Batman Returns, the game was released in early 1993 to favorable reviews. It is the home console counterpart to the portable Sega Game Gear version, but it has altered mechanics and redesigned stages.
The game loosely follows the plot of the film. The grotesque Penguin and his Red Triangle Gang are terrorizing Gotham City. They abduct and murder Gotham's Ice Princess and frame Batman for it. The Penguin is also running for Mayor of Gotham as part of millionaire businessman Max Shreck's schemes for consolidating control over the city. Meanwhile, Shreck's former employee Selina Kyle takes up the mantle of Catwoman after he attempts to kill her for uncovering his plans. She becomes entangled with Batman as she vows revenge.
The game is an action platformer similar to Shinobi. Batman can move around with and , jump with , and crouch with . He can jump off thin platforms with +. Batman is armed with Batarangs, a bat-shaped projectile weapon similar to a boomerang or a shuriken, which he throws with . He can throw Batarangs while crouching or jumping. The weapon returns after it is thrown and can damage opponents on its way back as well. Batman can collect power-up items that increase the attack power and the range of his Batarangs. When fully upgraded, his Batarangs defeat common enemies in one hit and span half the width of the screen. At close range, Batman punches enemies instead of throwing a Batarang.
Batman is also equipped with a grappling hook, which he can use by pressing again after jumping. The grappling hook attaches to the bottom of platforms and can be used to swing (if cast with forward momentum) or climb up to thin platforms (with to reel upward and then to jump onto the platform). It is often used to pass over gaps or pull Batman up to higher areas. The grappling hook can also hit things directly above Batman, which is useful for breaking open item containers or on boss encounters. Batman can also glide from great heights if the player holds for the entirety of the jump.
Batman has no life bar and loses a life if he takes any damage from an enemy. Batman is revived as long as the player has extra lives remaining. He revives in place rather than restarting the stage, even during boss fights. However, Batman loses his weapon upgrades upon losing a life, so his Batarangs revert to baseline strength and range. The stage design encourages exploration to find extra lives and weapons upgrades.
|Break open to release an item.|
|Increases Batman's movement speed.|
|Increases the strength and distance of Batarangs.|
|Awards the player with an extra life.|
Each stage has three segments followed by a boss fight. The first four stages have two routes, which the player can choose before the stage begins. The second route is generally more difficult than the first, but both routes lead to the same boss fight and the player's choice of path has no effect outside of the current stage.
|Streets of Gotham City|
|Maps: 1️⃣ | 2️⃣
|Penguin's thugs are raising havoc in the streets. Contain the situation and defeat Penguin's flame-breathing giant henchman.|
|Maps: 1️⃣ | 2️⃣
|Stop the marauding robbers in Shreck's shopping mall and face the mysterious Catwoman.|
|Maps: 1️⃣ | 2️⃣
|Battle across Gotham’s highest rooftops, following Penguin's trail.|
|Maps: 1️⃣ | 2️⃣
|Navigate the sewer’s sinister traps and get ready for a rematch with Catwoman.|
|Prepare for the final battle while battling countless waves of Penguin’s goons. Survive and you’ll earn the opportunity to bring down the Penguin’s modified battle vehicle, the Duck, and end his treachery once and for all.|
- Main article: Batman Returns (Master System)/Magazine articles.
|Sega Retro Average|
|Master System, EU|
(Classic Master System)
ROM dump status
- File:BatmanReturns SMS EU Box.jpg
- Sega Pro, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-08), page 18
- Sega Master Force, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-06-24), page 25
- Mean Machines Sega, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-28), page 60
- File:Batman Returns SMS credits.pdf
- Joypad, "Janvier 1993" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 41
- Joystick, "Janvier 1993" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 232
- Mega Fun, "05/93" (DE; 1993-0x-xx), page 80
- Mean Machines Sega, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-28), page 64
- Player One, "Décembre 1992" (FR; 1992-12-10), page 106
- Sega Power, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-06), page 36
- Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 56
- Sega Zone, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-11), page 36
- Sega Force, "2/93" (SE; 1993-03-18), page 19
- Sega Master Force, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-06-24), page 22
- Video Games, "3/93" (DE; 1993-02-24), page 98
- Batman Returns (Master System)/Hidden content#Build date
|Batman Returns (Master System)|
|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)|