reviews\ Nov 22, 2001 at 7:00 pm

Batman Vengeance - GBA - Review

The night has fallen over Gotham City, and the shadows of crime melt away to reveal heinous deeds about to be accomplished.

Only one figure stands between the evil and the innocent. It is the Dark Knight, otherwise known as Batman.

Batman: Vengeance is a Game Boy Advance release perpetrated by the gaming public by UbiSoft. It is a nice little arcade-style game, full of challenge and solid graphics.

As the story unfolds the Clown Prince of Crime (the Joker) is on a crime spree, beginning with a raid on the Gotham City Museum. The Caped Crusader pursues him, and with a bit of advice, finds the Joker at the Gotham City Bridge. A dastardly trap goes wrong, and the Joker falls from the bridge. Is he dead? Perhaps (but don’t count on it). However, the void left by the Joker’s “disappearance” is quickly filled by a host of villains, who are only too happy to try to take up where the Joker left off.

Now it is up to Batman to wipe the scourge from the city. Fighting on the side of right is, of course, Batman and Robin, with guest appearances by Batgirl and Nightwing and Alfred. In addition to the Joker, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Mr. Freeze, as well as numerous henchmen, are out to bring the city to its knees.

There are several stages of play in this game, which includes the arcade-action of Batman, Robin’s puzzle-solving escapades, and two stages involving the Batmobile and Batplane – which also feature arcade-style action. Each successive level is password guarded.

The controls are kept simple. The D-pad controls movement, the L button is used to select an item while the R button uses that item, and the A and B buttons vary depending on the stage.

From the gliding of Batman, to the obstacles trying to destroy the Batmobile or Batplane, the game is well animated. It is almost exactly like the cartoon show that plays on the Cartoon Network. The sound of the game doesn’t exactly break any new ground, but does a very nice job of supporting the graphical elements.

Though the game does contain mild violence, it is rated for Everyone.

Batman: Vengeance is a excellent ride through the dark streets of Gotham. It is action-packed, full of challenge that not only will test reflexes, but also puzzle-solving abilities.

Gameplay: 8.5.
This game features quite a number of puzzles and obstacles that must be overcome in order to move from one level to the next. Timing and quick reflexes help a lot.

Graphics: 8.8.
If you have ever seen the Cartoon Network’s “Batman,” then you will know exactly what you will see in this game. Though two-dimensional, this is wonderfully animated.

Sound: 7.
The music has a forbidding undertone; the rest of the effects are mostly average.

Difficulty: 9.
This is a challenging game, featuring an advanced mode that will challenge more accomplished players. Control elements are kept simple, and the learning curve should only be about 10 minutes.

Concept: 8.
This is another arcade-action game, for the most part, but hats off to the developers for translating the cartoon series to this console in a terrific manner.

Multiplayer: N/A

Overall: 8.4.
Yes, this is a game that fits most of the arcade-style modes – like Activision’s Spiderman – but that doesn’t diminish the fun it contains. The graphical elements are very well done, the animation is solid and the various challenges will keep players intrigued.


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