I feel like I remember the NES version of this game being really good. There was this kid who lived down the street from my mom's house who had it and some of the neighborhood kids would hang out in his basement playing this along with other random games like Dick Tracy and some Eggbert game that his mom bought from the Home Shopping Network.
But playing the Game Boy version now, it seems pretty mediocre. Now I should start by saying that the music and cut scenes are actually damn cool. I mean, do you remember how awesome Batman was in 1990? My goodness. I remember gushing over that Nintendo Power issue. I think I cut it up and made a weird collage to beg my mom to let me see the movie. At the time, she thought it was too dark for a nine year old. Well, I was probably ten by the time the movie hit VHS. But whatever. The collage worked and she let me see the movie and I ended up watching it over and over again for years. Fun fact: The first album I ever bought on CD was Prince's soundtrack. Though, I think I also bought the "Lithium" single by Nirvana the same day.
But I digress.
Platforming 101 is physics. As basic as Super Mario Bros is today, there's a reason that game still holds up: the platforming is sound. But in Batman, not so much. Bats' jumps are way too floaty making it difficult to land on small platforms or shoot blocks at desired heights. The levels also feel rather bland. And mostly it's shooting dudes with a gun. You remember that Batman shot a lot of dudes with guns, right? Oh wait.
It was interesting to see some very Sunsofty stuff pop up, though. There's a weird swirly gun powerup that reminded me a lot of Fester's Quest. But I don't know. The game just doesn't hold up for me. I also found it kind of annoying that there's no checkpoints in levels, so dying right before the end of a level sends you back to the beginning. And dying at a boss sends you back to the beginning of the group of levels which is three or four stages back. Ugh. I also saw no way to save progress, so this is definitely not a pick-up-and-play sorta game unless you want to just keep playing the stupid chemical plant every time. Meh.