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Batman is a 1986 3D isometric action-adventure game by Ocean Software for the Amstrad PCW,[1] Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum and MSX microcomputers,[2] and the first Batman game ever developed.


The object of the game is to rescue Robin by collecting the seven parts of the Batcraft hovercraft that are scattered around the Batcave. The gameplay takes place in a 3D isometric universe, which programmers John Ritman and Bernie Drummond would further develop for 1987's Head Over Heels, and is notable for implementing an early example of a system that allows players to restart from an intermediate point in the game on the loss of a life rather than returning all the way to the start (in this case the point at which Batman collects a "Batstone").[3]


Review scores
Publication Score
Your Computer 4/5 stars[4]
Entity Award
Crash Crash Smash
Sinclair User SU Classic
Your Sinclair MegaGame
ZX Computing Monster Hit[6]

Batman was received well by the computer game press at the time. Crash gave it a rating of 93%,[7] Your Sinclair scored it 9/10[8] and Sinclair User gave it five stars and rated it as a "classic".[3]


A freeware remake, called Watman, was produced for PC in 2000 as a DOS game. A remake called GWatman has also been written for the Game Boy Advance.

A remake for PC was produced by Retrospec.[9]


  1. Ainsley, Rob (1989). "Batman hints". The 8000 Plus Collection: The Ultimate Tips Book for the Amstrad PCW. Bath: Future Publishing. p. 105. 
  2. Smith, Martin; Игги Друге. Batman. MobyGames. MobyGames. Archived from the original on 28 February 2008 Retrieved on 2009-02-11
  3. 3.0 3.1 Muir, Jerry (May 1986). "Batman". Sinclair User (EMAP). Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  4. Archive - Magazine viewer. World of Spectrum. Retrieved on 2012-11-17
  5. Archive - Magazine viewer. World of Spectrum. Retrieved on 2012-11-17
  6. Archive - Magazine viewer. World of Spectrum. Retrieved on 2012-11-17
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  8. Nash, Tommy (May 1986). "Batman". Your Sinclair (Dennis Publishing). Archived from the original on 12 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  9. "Retrospec". Retrieved 2012-11-17. 

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