The Adventures Of Batman & Robin - re-titled in its second season from Batman: The Animated Series - was a short-lived but well-received show that offered a Burton-esque glimpse into the Dark Knights endeavours. The game took its cues from the program and offered and some good side-scrolling action, but what made it stand apart from other titles in the genre was its blend of vibrant graphics, fiendish difficulty and great level variation, where one minute you can find yourself hopping and skipping after The Joker through an amusement park, to a wooded platforming level that requires some shrewd avoiding skills and use of the bat claw. Interestingly, versions of the game for the Nintendo and Sega platforms differed vastly, with Konami arguably giving players the most definitive experience - not to mention a sharper score courtesy of Konami Kukeiha Club - on the Super Nintendo, while Segas offerings featured an altered story and less levels (Genesis and Game Gear), as well as the inclusion of proper animated sequences plus playable Batmobile and Batplane (Mega-CD). A thrilling challenge.
Shaun is a former contributor for a number of Future Publishing titles and more recently worked as a staffer at Imagine Publishing.
He can now be found banking in the daytime and writing a variety of articles for What Culture, namely around his favourite topics of film, retro gaming, music, TV and, when he's feeling clever, literature.