The Adventures of Batman & Robin (Mega-CD)

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The Adventures of Batman & Robin
System(s): Sega Mega-CD
Publisher: Sega (US,EU) Tec Toy (BR)
Developer:
Licensor: DC Comics
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega-CD
US
$49.9949.99[2] 4432
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Mega-CD
EU
4432-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Mega-CD
UK
£39.9939.99[4] 4432-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Mega-CD
BR
063586
Tectoy: Todas as Idades

The Adventures of Batman & Robin is a Sega Mega-CD action driving game developed by Clockwork Tortoise. Based on the 1992 television show Batman: The Animated Series (after its retitling to The Adventures of Batman & Robin), it was first published in Brazil by Tec Toy in October 1995, and was later brought to the United States and Europe by Sega the following December. It is unrelated to the identically-named Sega Mega Drive and Sega Game Gear games.

Between levels, the story advances through animated cutscenes that were created specifically for the game. The animated cutscenes were produced by Warner Bros. Animation (with animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha, which also animated some of the episodes of the original cartoon). Kevin Conroy (Batman), Loren Lester (Robin), Robert Hastings (Commissioner James Gordon), Robert Costanzo (Harvey Bullock), Diane Pershing (Poison Ivy), John Glover (the Riddler), Arleen Sorkin (Harley Quinn), Mark Hamill (the Joker), John Vernon (Rupert Thorne), and Ron Perlman (Clayface) all reprised their roles from the animated series. The animated segments (about seventeen minutes in total) in the video game are sometimes referred to as "The Lost Episode" of the series.

Story

Batman discovers that Poison Ivy is robbing the Gotham Federal Bank. After apprehending her, she informs him that Commissioner Gordon and Robin have been kidnapped. This starts Batman on a hunt for some of his greatest adversaries to free his partners and discover the ringleader of this nefarious scheme.

Gameplay

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Cutscene

The gameplay consists of chase sequences with the Batmobile and (in the final stage) Batwing, similar to the driving segments of the Mega-CD version of Batman Returns. Both vehicles are equipped with weapons for attacking foes. Stages consist of multiple levels, which are timed; the time is replenished at the end of each level. Batman loses a life if he runs out of time or if his vehicle takes too much damage from enemies or from hitting obstacles.

The Batmobile is steered with Left and Right. Up accelerates and Down brakes. Tapping A locks onto targets and tapping it again fires a Guided Missile. Holding A fires Smart Bombs. Guided Missiles and Smart Bombs have finite ammo, but ammo pick-ups are found in the levels. C fires Mini-Rockets, which are weaker but have infinite supply. The Batmobile fires 10 Mini-Rockets before automatically reloading. Double-tapping and then holding B initiates a Turbo Boost, which is sustained until the button is released or until it is depleted. Turbo Boosts are also limited and found in item pick-ups.

The Batwing is also steered with Left and Right. The vertical controls are inverted, as with many flight sims: Up dives and Down climbs. As with the Batmobile, A fires Guided Missiles and Smart Bombs and C fires Mini-Rockets. Holding B accelerates.

Items

Turbo
Increases the amount of Turbo Boosts available.
Mini-Rockets 2X Power
Fires 2 Mini-Rockets from each side with each button press, allowing 20 shots per reload.
Mini-Rockets 3X Power
Fires 3 Mini-Rockets from each side with each button press, allowing 30 shots per reload.
Spray
Launches Mini-Rockets in a spray from the front as well as the sides of the vehicle.
Guided Missiles
Increases the amount of Guided Missiles available.
Lock-On Radar
Speeds up Mini-Rocket and Guided Missile firing time by locking on to targets more rapidly.
Smart Bombs
Increases the amount of Smart Bombs available.
Batman
Gains an extra life.

Stages

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Poison Ivy's Plot!
Batman rushes to the Gotham Federal Bank to stop a robbery in progress. The perpetrators have been identified as Poison Ivy and her henchgirls Lily and Violet.

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Poison Ivy's Getaway!
Poison Ivy makes her getaway.

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The Riddler's One-Two Punch!
The Riddler is holding Commissioner Gordon hostage at the Gotham Toy Fair. Batman races to get there, but the Riddler's minions bar the way.

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The Riddler's Game!
The Riddler has trapped Batman in a virtual reality gameworld, where he must drive and blast his way out.

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The Joker Laffs!
The Joker is holding Robin captive at Gotham's abandoned Land O' Laffs amusement park.

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Thorne's Casino
All signs point to crime lord Rupert Thorne as the man pulling the strings. Batman and Robin close in on his floating casino, but all is not as it seems.

Production credits

  • Producer: James Maxwell
  • Assistant Producer: Allen Fernandez
  • Programmer: Andrew Green
  • 3D Engine: John O'Brien
  • Artists: Robert Hemphill, Noel Hines, Chris George, Stephen Thomson
For Warner Bros. Animation
  • Project Administration: Chuck Ansel
  • Story by: Paul Dini and Bruce Timm
  • Written by: Paul Dini
  • Directed by: Bruce Timm
  • Production Manager: Haven Alexander
  • Editorial: Theresa Gilroy-Nielson
  • Track Readers: Bradley Carow, Denise Whitfield
  • Sheet-Timer: James Walker
  • Storyboards by: Brian Chin, Douglas Murphy, Ronaldo del Carmen, Curt Geda, Kevin Altieri, Troy Adomitis, Micheal Goguen, Momcilo Lukic
  • Backgrounds by: Roland Butz, Russell Chong, David Karoll, Rae McCarson, Felipe Moreli, Jerry Weesner, Charles Pickens
  • Prop and Character Designs by: Jonathan Fisher, Glen Murakami, Shayne Poindexter
  • Animation Checkers: Janice Browning, Brenda Brummett, Karl Jacobs, Jennifer Damiani, Barbara Dranko, Howard Schwartz
  • Ink and Paint: Kathryn Gilmore, Jean Dubois, Valerie Walker, Carolyn Guske, Eric Nordberg
  • Production Assistant: Steven Kindernay
  • Xerox and Shipping: Carlton Batten, Anna Durand
  • Overseas Production: Tokyo Movie Shinsha
At Sega
  • Thanks: Tony Borba
  • Assistant Programmer: John O'Brien
Source:
US manual[6]

Magazine articles

Main article: The Adventures of Batman & Robin (Mega-CD)/Magazine articles.

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
65
[7]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
45
[2]
Hobby Consolas (ES) PAL
79
[8]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
57
[9]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
54
[3]
Next Generation (US) NTSC-U
25
[10]
Sega Magazin (DE) PAL
82
[11]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
68
[12]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
64
[4]
Todo Sega (ES)
79
[13]
Sega Mega-CD
62
Based on
10 reviews

The Adventures of Batman & Robin (Mega-CD)

Mega-CD, US
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Cover
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Disc
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Manual
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Reg Card
Mega-CD, EU
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Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc
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Manual
Mega-CD, BR
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Cover
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Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega-CD
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
312,907,728 1995-07 CD (US) 4432
Sega Mega-CD
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
315,429,072 1995-10 CD (EU) 4432-50
Sega Mega-CD
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1995-04-24 Page


External links

References


The Adventures of Batman & Robin (Mega-CD)

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Prereleases:
Sega Mega-CD
Prototypes: 1995-04-24
Batman games for Sega systems
Sega Mega Drive
Batman (1990) | Batman: Revenge of The Joker (1992) | Batman Returns (1992) | The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1995) | Justice League Task Force (1995) | Batman Forever (1995)
Sega Game Gear
Batman Returns (1992) | The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1995) | Batman Forever (1995)
Sega Master System
Batman Returns (1993)
Sega Mega-CD
Batman Returns (1993) | The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1995)
Pinball
Batman Forever (1995)
Arcade
Sega Saturn
Batman Forever (1996) | Batman & Robin (unreleased)