OH NO a movie that got turned into a video game this is never a good sign and before I played batman the video game on NES I figured it would be like most other movie to video game adaptations completely TERRIBLE !!!. I was very wrong to think this because once I put the game cart into my NES and pressed the start button I then realised I was playing one of the best NES games I have ever played.
According to the game manual the citizens of Gotham City are preparing for their 200th anniversary festival, little do they know that the joker and his henchman are planning something really evil I am ashamed to say that I haven’t seen the movie so I don’t exactly know what this evil plot is. Batman hears of this terrible news and heads towards the cathedral where he will fight the joker. On his way to the cathedral batman will need to take out all of the Joker’s henchman before he will endure his final battle with the mad clown himself. On a side note the five stages in the game are
- Gotham City
- Axis Chemical Factory
- Underground Conduit
- Laboratory Ruins
Believe it or not batman on NES has a very similar feel to the Ninja Gaiden games, it has a similar playing style and batman can do the all famous Ninja Gaiden wall jump. It has some very tight controls which are very easy to learn so the game is easy to pick up and play. This game is very difficult from stage 3 onwards and it takes a lot of patients and continues to see the end of the game.
The best way to describe how good the graphics are would be to tell you the date the game got released I personally thought that the game came out in the 90’s because of the really smooth graphics but little did I know that the game actually came out in 1989. That’s right 1989 that’s crazy and because if the release date the graphics are extremely impressive did I also mention that this game provides cut scenes like in Ninja Gaiden another resemblance and another factor which makes batman on the NES so great.
This game just gets better and better because as well as it having great graphics and some amazing game play it also has some of the best music in the NES library, as usual I’m not going to give an in depth description of every single track in the game but I will provide a YouTube link to one of my favourite songs in the game this time I will provide a link to the theme of the first level. I don’t know why but for some reason the music in the first level of the game really gets me pumped to fight my way through Gotham City to defeat the Joker which is not as easy as it sounds so the reason chose this song is because it gets me ready for one hell of a difficult battle.
As you may expect as well as having to fight your way through each of the five stages and killing a bunch of enemies along the way each level gives you a boss which you must defeat to be able to progress. There are five bosses before the final boss and each one gets harder and harder though out the game.
The first boss of the game is Killer Moth he will fly to a corner and shoot fireballs at Batman, Batman needs to avoid these fireballs and return fire at Killer Moth, Killer Moth will also occasionally sweep down to attack Batman, but if Batman avoids these attacks and keeps firing at the boss Killer Moth will eventually fall.
This time Batman seems to be inside of a giant machine this boss is a bit more tricky than the last boss because he takes more hits and in more places, First Batman must take out the guns this is done best with the gun, next Batman must take out the blue light on the top left and finally batman must then take out the main part of the machine in the top right. This boss can be tricky especially on the last part but there is a specific spot that Batman can stand in where he won’t take damage but the machine will.
If you don’t have full health and a hell of a lot of batarangs I wouldn’t even bother trying to defeat this guy, he is pretty much impossible I have tried every strategy I can think of to avoid his attacks so I can’t help you there but I can help you kill the bastard my strategy is have full health and go and stand in one of the corners, then when he is getting close batarang him to death I believe this is the only way to kill him and it really shows the lengths the game will go to prevent you from finishing it.
NO image this time sorry folks but I just couldn’t find one :(. There are two blocks in the room each of these block will got around the room following some sort of pattern, the block will shoot missiles at Batman but I found that if you stay on the of the centre platform and duck and punch the first block will miss you with the missiles and it will fall easily. The second block will now turn red and it will start shooting fire all over the room this is where the boss gets a little difficult as Batman will need to go to ground level and shoot batarangs at the block until it eventually blows up, this would be much simpler if Batman wasn’t taking damage every time the block touched him. Best way to beat this boss is with plenty of health and a good amount of batarangs.
OH MY GOD this boss is insanely difficult I remember it took me approximately 2 hours to beat him of game play until I eventually beat him since he kept killing me, I did eventually come up with a strategy though my advice would for you to use the dirk (The weapon which allows you to shoot what appears to be 3 batarangs at once) stand on the left hand side and keep jumping over his fire attack every time you jump shoot Firebug strait after otherwise he will hurt you. This process may seem a bit tedious but trust me getting to the Joker and seeing the ending is worth all of your pain.
Final Boss- The Joker
The joker is not as difficult to defeat as Fire Bug but he is still pretty tough he will make lightning come out the sky and he will shoot you with his big ass gun seriously it’s almost as big as him and with a big gun usually means a powerful shot yep 3 life bits of life get taken every time Batman is shot and one piece of life for each lightning hit. So how do you beat the Joker? Well I tried every weapon in the game and nothing worked but my last resort did yeah that’s right I found the best way to kill the Joker is with your bare hands. I don’t know how the hell that works but crouching down next to him and beating the living crap out of him seemed to do the trick and the falling of the joker ends a kick ass game with a kick ass ending.
If you like batman you will love this game if you don’t like batman you will probably love this game. The game is perfect it’s one of those few video games available that I can actually say yeah that’s a great game. With great game play, bad ass music, epic graphics for the time and experience which is amazing none the less I rate Batman on the Nes a 10/10. I hope you enjoyed this review of Batman on the NES this is my opinion of the game if you respect my opinion I will respect yours.
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This review was written by Dan
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