Batman Returns © 1993 Konami Company, Limited.
Batman Returns is a side-scrolling beat'em up developed and published by Konami, and based on Warner Bros's motion picture of the same name originally released in 1992. Gotham City faces its greatest threat yet - the Penguin and his minions from the Red Triangle Circus Gang (teamed up with Cat-woman) plan to take over the dark city, and, of course, only Batman can put a stop to all this madness. In the best beat-em-up tradition, Batman can perform punches and kicks against his opponents, as well as jumps and guarding moves. He also makes great use of powerful combos to quickly dispatch nearby foes, or lift them up by their necks and throw their beaten bodies against walls or other enemies. Additionally, Batman can use his Bat-Boomerang to hit his enemies from afar, or, in desperate situations, unleash a powerful melee attack where he swings his cape and deals damage to all enemies around him, albeit at the cost of some life. However, and unlike other beat'em ups, the game mixes up 'battle scenes' and 'action scenes' - although most of the game plays like a traditional side-scrolling brawler (the 'battle sections'), some levels are more oriented towards platforming action where Batman uses his Bat-boomerang rather than his fists, and his Bat-Grappling-Hook to swing around the screen and leap over large gaps and enemies with relative ease. Finally, Batman comes equipped with a limited amount of test tubes that can be thrown to the ground and explode in a flash of blinding light, damaging all enemies on the screen. Batman Returns consists of seven large levels (called 'scenes') and is single-player only.