& Reviewed by Neil Collins
The Caped Crusader by Ocean is a 2D action RPG game.
I used to play this a lot on the Amiga, and completed
the first part. There are two parts to it, the first 'A
bird in the hand' and the second 'A fete worse than
death'. The C64 version is pretty good too - the sprites
are large, the backgrounds are well drawn and there's a
big map to explore with a lot of puzzles to solve. The
aim of part one is to shut down the Penguin's computer
and the aim of part two is to rescue Robin. You can
fight enemies with your fists and feet or use Batman's
boomerang. The puzzles are pretty logical and are
unlikely to baffle you, so the main aim is to keep
yourself alive long enough to beat the game. Food is
scattered around the place that you can use to replace
lost energy. The music in the game is also very good,
but does get on your nerves after playing for a long
time. Overall it's a top C64 title. It's two good games
in one - a bargain!
Batman places the
disc into the computer...
Batman finds Robin
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
Using an infinite energy cheat.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
Both parts end in a similar way. Once you reach the
Penguin's computer in part one and insert the disk, the
game is won. The batman logo strobes in various colours
on the screen before a short message appears. The words
'COMPUTER STOPPED' appear, and your final score
is shown as a percentage. You can increase this score by
finding and using all the objects in the game - but it
has no effect on the ending. The ending to part two is
exactly the same apart from the message, which reads 'YOU
HAVE RESCUED ROBIN'.
Two simple messages after all that playing. It was
enjoyable to play, but the endings are garbage.
I know that everyone seemed to rave about this game
- especially ZZAP!64 - but I just wasn't into this
type of game and so I didn't spend any time playing
it. Shame about the bad endings because I was
expecting something special - an ending sequence
of some type...
On a side note... the loading
screen is GORGEOUS!
Decent game play, excellent GFX with fantastic comic
book panel effect and, I agree, gorgeous loading
screen. Just not quite my cup of tea I'm afraid.
Contrast all that with a really poor ending. Shame.
Disappointed with it :-( ... I used to love the game
a heck of a lot, and wish they could have done
something a lot better. Especially after those
bloody penguins on part 1!!!
It's still one of my favourite Batman games, if only
because it emphasises the BRAIN of the character as
much as the brawn... very disappointing ending(s),
never got that far even when I used the maps printed
Awful endings. One of the worst I have seen on the
site in a while and I think 2/10 is on the generous
side. A nice comic strip ending would have been
nice. Just some nice static screens. Disappointing
as this was a good break from Ocean's usual licence
tie in games.
A game with its fans, but personally I think it's
just too frenetic to work as an arcade adventure. In
the context of the game, the ending is a MASSIVE let
down. The great comic book presentation disappears
and you're left feeling cheated, badstyle.