It's got the correct logo from the animated series, and it's playing the theme tune. So far so good. It's nice to see a password option too, though 'load game' would have been better.
Wait, why am I fighting these people anyway? Wasn't I supposed to be driving over to Gotham City Amusement Park to put the Joker back into hospital? I mean Arkham. Either works.
I thought this was side-scrolling beat 'em up after fighting the first few goons on the street, but it seems to be more of a platformer with punching. The enemies go down really fast, and aren't much of an issue at all.
LATER, AT THE AMUSEMENT PARK.
Or just let her walk away instead, that's fine too. Whatever.
Still, I didn't need another slice of life taken off, especially as I don't seem to get a refill between levels, and health pick-ups are incredibly rare.
NES incarnation. I just pulled off a Ninja Gaiden style wall-jump.
Okay, this isn't a problem, I just need to find the right place to kick it.
ONE LIFE LOST LATER.
Go on then Batman, hit him with a batarang. Tie him up, knock him out, etc. He's right there man, do something! STOP LISTENING TO THE SUPER VILLAIN AND GET HIM.
Actually Joker's decided to escape by standing on a roller coaster, so it seems like this is a problem that'll soon solve itself. These things have big metal restraints on them for a reason.
You know, this would make a great episode of Mythbusters.
Of course I just fall right through his train and lose another life. One life left.
I chose to continue, and it dumped me back at the very start of the game. So I decided I might as well just reset and save a continue.
THREE AND A HALF LEVELS (AND A TOY SOLDIER BOSS FIGHT) LATER.
I'm still hitting his bombs, only this time I've got much less time to react.
TWO LIVES LATER.
TWO MORE GAME OVER SCREENS LATER.
I really want to like this game, it's faithful to the (excellent) source material, it's got solid gameplay, and it looks and sounds amazing. But having to replay the same few levels over and over again every few times I fuck up really isn't my idea of fun. I realise they need to pad out the game so it lasts a while, but they could have put in a level select and a time attack mode or something along those lines. Something to make me WANT to go through the level again.
The Genesis/Mega Drive, Game Gear and Sega CD actually got their own Adventures of Batman & Robin, and they all do their own thing. There's like four different games with the same title. I hate it when they do that, they could have at least throw some Super- and Mega- prefixes on them so I can tell them apart. Though now that I think about it, that would mean this'd end up being called Super Adventures of Batman & Robin...