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Old 17th March 2017, 10:31 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Retro Let's Play Late March 2017: "Batman: The Movie" (Ocean, 1989)

Retro Let's Play Late March 2017: "Batman" aka "Batman: The Movie"(Ocean, 1989)

FAQ Here on what this is and why we're doing it.

Batman has been a prominent character in many computer video games. There have been a multitude of developers and publishers who've all had a go at bringing the action of the caped crusader into the hands of gamers. But this time around Ocean's 1989 exploit was voted on, and that's the version we're going to play.

This particular outing was released for a series of home computer platforms, including Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX and ZX Spectrum. Let us know which version you're playing, and how.

It won Crash Magazine's "best game of 1989" for the ZX Spectrum:
http://www.crashonline.org.uk/75/awards.htm

More info here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman...an_video_game)
http://www.mobygames.com/game/batman__

Play it in your browser for free:
MS-DOS: https://archive.org/details/msdos_Ba...The_Movie_1990
ZX Spectrum: https://archive.org/details/zx_Batma...9_Ocean_a_128K

Scanned C64 manual:
https://archive.org/details/Batman_The_Movie_1989_Ocean

Box back cover art for US Amiga and C64 version:



A great 3-way comparison of the different platforms it was released on:

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Old 18th March 2017, 9:10 AM   #2
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glad i never had to use a ZX Spectrum lol
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Old 18th March 2017, 1:57 PM   #3
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glad i never had to use a ZX Spectrum lol
I played it in my browser, and it was actually pretty good. Super smooth 60FPS, responsive controls, and well done for a limited system.

That's the first time I've ever fired up a ZX Spectrum emulator, and I expected much much worse. If that's the quality of output it can produce, I can see why it was so popular.
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What is with the audio in the pc version of this game, is it known to be non existent / terrible?
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What is with the audio in the pc version of this game, is it known to be non existent / terrible?
standard fare for PC at the time.
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standard fare for PC at the time.
I've had games that used the pc speaker sound better than this. This release seems to have no music and horrible distorted sound effects exactly like shown in the video below, certainly not standard affair I thought my config was having issues but it matches the video and playing through archive.org

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standard fare for PC at the time.
Pretty much. There were a few really good reasons why PC was so far behind everything else as a gaming platform at that stage. Audio was one, and terrible scrolling in games was another.

Obviously both were fixed over time, but people have to remember that PCs started out as "serious business machines" only, and the idea that they could be used as gaming systems was nothing but the daydream of a few very "unprofessional" folks at the time. The dominant PC forces of the day - folks like IBM, HP, Digital, Wang - all of these vendors targeted businesses. Gamers weren't even considered for x86 PCs at that point, as they were all on consoles or things like Commodore and Amiga hardware.
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When our first c64 died we got a replacement one and it was the Batman bundle. Wish I still had the box, still have that c64.
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I've had games that used the pc speaker sound better than this.
This was 100% pc speaker sound. i still have the box for my dos copy and the 3.5 inch floppies, sadly not the 5 1/4 that it also came with.

on the plus side though with pc speaker and vga graphics and a working speed limiter built in it will 100% work on an i7 natively.
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Pretty much. There were a few really good reasons why PC was so far behind everything else as a gaming platform at that stage. Audio was one, and terrible scrolling in games was another.

Obviously both were fixed over time, but people have to remember that PCs started out as "serious business machines" only, and the idea that they could be used as gaming systems was nothing but the daydream of a few very "unprofessional" folks at the time. The dominant PC forces of the day - folks like IBM, HP, Digital, Wang - all of these vendors targeted businesses. Gamers weren't even considered for x86 PCs at that point, as they were all on consoles or things like Commodore and Amiga hardware.
PC was a super small part of the market too.
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Interesting about the sound perhaps I just don't recall or showing my age I guess. I joined the PC crowd at a point where games must have become more prevalent.

I recall Street Rod having a great sounding track which was around the same time, but my first PC at home was a 286 having had earlier experiences with 8088/86 at friends house.
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