The Adventures of Batman and Robin (SNES)
The Adventures of Batman and Robin is a video game developed and published by Konami in 1994 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and it is based on the TV show Batman: The Animated Series, which was renamed The Adventures of Batman and Robin in the second season. Not to be confused with the Sega Genesis version.
A side scrolling beat 'em up at its core, but implemented by the addition of a lot of gadgets and some puzzles. A single stage, the fifth one, is completely different as it is a driving stage in a bird-eye view.
Why It Rocks
- Great graphics by Konami. It's like you are really playing in episodes of the animated series.
- Great music.
- Three different difficulty settings, each one with a different ending.
- The game has a password system for the easy and normal difficult setting.
- The hard difficulty differs only for the lack of passwords and continues and the amount of points needed to earn an extra life, as well as five seconds less to complete the fifth stage; you won't lose more health when attacked by enemies. In addition, on every difficult you can return to the Bat Cave at any moment and restart the level with all the lives that you had, before attempting it, restored. This way the hard difficult is beatable, too, with dedication.
- A great selection of Bat Gadgets to use to overcome each level, selectable at the start of each stage, except for the fifth one. Alfred gives you hints on which one you'll most likely need, so you don't have to go try and error or bring them all with you.
- Eight unique stages, each one with a title card like the ones of the animated series, a separate story and one of the most famous Batman's villains to fight, like the Joker, Poison Ivy's Plant Monster and the Penguin.
- An epic last stage.
- A lot of other characters from the animated series, outside Batman and the bosses, make appearances in the video game, like Harley Quinn, Commissioner Gordon and Summer Gleeson.
- If you manage to beat the game on hard, you get a great special ending.
- Despite the title, you only play as Batman in the game. This is not without a reason, though, see the "Trivia" section below.
- The second part of the Riddler stage has odd jumps that make it easy to fall. It has checkpoints but the stage can be overall very frustrating.
- The Two-Face stage can scare away many players with its difficulty.
The game was met with good reviews at the time of its release but was criticized for not starring Robin in a major role. Today, it is still enjoyed by fans and has a 3.78 rating on gameFAQs.com.
- The game was developed when the show was in its first season, when it was titled Batman: The Animated Series. That explains why Robin has no major role in the game and the design of Catwoman is that of the first season, despite the title.