| paleface [sys=SNES; cat=Beat_em_up; loc=JPN] |
|Cheat codes from GameFAQs:|
- 9 Lives: "In options, use controller 2 and press Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A. Use controller 1 to adjust.:
- 9 Continues: 'Go to the options screen and highlight ''Rest'', then on Controller 2, press Up, X, Left, Y, Down, B, Right, A, Up, X'
Extra life every 50000 pts.
The surprisingly small staff (although I guess most of the bosses aside from Penguin and Catwoman ARE fairly nondescript clowns) of this game was led by a director with no obvious beat-em-up experience, and maybe that accounts for the more-numerous-than-usual horrific Batarang-shooting platforming sequences, and the you're-just-gonna-get-hit boss fights. There's a block button, for Pete's sake! Which I forgot about until after Catwoman killed me about 20 times with her otherwise pretty unavoidable attacks: warp-slashing across the screen, or striking as you stand up, before you can move or attack. (Thank goodness for the 9 lives & 10 continues cheat codes. :P) Oh you'll still take damage from most things when blocking, they just may not kill you in three hits, is all.
And you can crouch during the non-isometric bits, or at least the Penguin fight, as far as I can see from YouTube. That might'a saved me another Continue. ; P
The music and ambiance is top-notch, and the art is mostly pretty good, in a very consciously "we have to be bleak and colorless like this American movie" way. Heck I even sorta liked the weird Batmobile sprite-scaling driving & shooting sequence.
But that ~15 minute stretch in the middle--insta-death platforming, two Camping Catwoman fights, and the Non-Isometric Penguin fight--felt like pure hate. Even with the very generous continue checkpoints (like, when I had to continue after getting wiped by Catwoman or Pengy in those boss fights, it rather surprisingly started back up right before those fights). Maybe if I go through knowing some of the game's tricks it won't be quite so maddening.
That screen-high giant mechanical duck boss with the pattern you can't QUITE squeeze past without taking a hit is totally gonna kill me a dozen or two times again though.