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Batman (1986)

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Batman (1986)
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Basic Information
Type(s)
Video Game
Ocean Software
Ocean Software
Isometric
Platform
DOS, ZX Spectrum and MSX
Retail Features
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CanadaUnited StatesMexico North American Release Date(s)
1986
Awards | Changelog | Cheats | Codes
Codex | Compatibility | Covers | Credits | DLC | Help
Localization | Manifest | Modding | Patches | Ratings
Reviews | Screenshots | Soundtrack
Videos | Walkthrough
Achievements
GOG | In-Game | Origin | PlayStation Trophies | Retro
Steam | Xbox Live

Batman is a 1986 3D isometric action-adventure game by Ocean Software for the Amstrad PCW,[1] Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum and MSX microcomputers,[2] and the first Batman game ever developed.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The object of the game is to rescue Robin by collecting the seven parts of the Batcraft hovercraft that are scattered around the Batcave. The gameplay takes place in a 3D isometric universe, which programmers John Ritman and Bernie Drummond would further develop for 1987's Head Over Heels, and is notable for implementing an early example of a system that allows players to restart from an intermediate point in the game on the loss of a life rather than returning all the way to the start (in this case the point at which Batman collects a "Batstone").[3]

Reception[edit | edit source]

 Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
Computer and Video Games 37/40[4]
Your Computer 4/5 stars[5]
Awards
Entity Award
Crash Crash Smash
Sinclair User SU Classic
Your Sinclair MegaGame
ZX Computing Monster Hit[6]

Batman was received well by the computer game press at the time. Crash gave it a rating of 93%,[7] Your Sinclair scored it 9/10[8] and Sinclair User gave it five stars and rated it as a "classic".[3]

Remakes[edit | edit source]

A freeware remake, called Watman, was produced for PC in 2000 as a DOS game. A remake called GWatman has also been written for the Game Boy Advance.

A remake for PC was produced by Retrospec.[9]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ainsley, Rob (1989). "Batman hints". The 8000 Plus Collection: The Ultimate Tips Book for the Amstrad PCW. Bath: Future Publishing. p. 105. 
  2. Smith, Martin; Игги Друге. Batman. MobyGames. MobyGames. Archived from the original on 28 February 2008 Retrieved on 2009-02-11
  3. 3.0 3.1 Muir, Jerry (May 1986). "Batman". Sinclair User (EMAP). http://www.worldofspectrum.org/showmag.cgi?mag=SinclairUser/Issue050/Pages/SinclairUser05000051.jpg. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  4. Archive - Magazine viewer. World of Spectrum. Retrieved on 2012-11-17
  5. Archive - Magazine viewer. World of Spectrum. Retrieved on 2012-11-17
  6. Archive - Magazine viewer. World of Spectrum. Retrieved on 2012-11-17
  7. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Crash1
  8. Nash, Tommy (May 1986). "Batman". Your Sinclair (Dennis Publishing). Archived from the original on 12 January 2009. http://web.archive.org/web/20090112035139/http://www.ysrnry.co.uk/articles/batman.htm. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  9. "Retrospec". Retrospec.sgn.net. http://retrospec.sgn.net/game/batman. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 

External links[edit | edit source]