Batman: The Caped Crusader is a videogame inspired by the comic book by DC Comics.
Batman: The Caped Crusader is a videogame inspired by the comic book by DC Comics. It was created by Special FX initially for ZX Spectrum and also ported to Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, and other platforms. It was published by Ocean between 1988 and 1989.
In the game, the famous superhero Batman has to face his two main enemies, The Penguin and The Joker, in two different adventures that can be done in any order. Both levels are quite challenging, but The Penguin one can be very tricky.
The software house born in Liverpool from former Ocean programmers - that had worked previously on the Red Heat adaptation - decided to build a game that is really a mix between a platformer, a beat-em-up, and an arcade adventure. This mix sometimes is a bit strange, but thanks to great visuals and a fantastic soundtrack, the game experience is memorable.
As usual, when we are talking about 8-bit games ported to 16-bit, the game on the C64 was something really amazing, while the Amiga version (that was, in turn, a port of the Atari ST version) is just average. Anyway, Batman is always Batman. Who doesn't love to beat enemies with the batarang? Plus, as I said, the music is great. It's not a surprise that some magazines gave a very high rating (e.g., CU Amiga 89%) and others a shallow one (e.g., Amiga Computing 52%). This is really a game that you have to play and see for yourself. Have fun!
Review by: Manu
Published: 4 November 2020 1:50 pm
Batman the Caped Crusader is a cracking game for its time., and a very different kind of game to the 1989 movie tie-in from Ocean which came along the following year. It boasts good music (if extremely repetitive if you end up playing the game for hours on end!) and excellent graphics; the game really has a true comic book feel. I originally got this game in 1990/91, and found it ridiculously tough; not so much the gameplay, but just how quickly your Bat-energy depletes while you're trying to solve the vague riddles. Playing it today, it's still tough, battling your way past those infuriating penguins and rats and easy to get lost, but what I remembered as being vast, confusing levels, are actually quite short and by the most part easy to solve and complete.
Review by: theLightDreams
Published: 4 November 2020 9:36 am