|The Adventures of Batman & Robin: The Video Game|
|Release Date:||July 1995|
The Adventures of Batman and Robin was published by SEGA and based on the DC Comics characters Batman and Robin and specifically the hit animated show Batman: The Animated Series (which had been renamed The Adventures of Batman and Robin at the time of the game's production). The SEGA CD version is a pursuit style game.
The SEGA CD version consists of Batmobile chase screens. Between levels, the story advances through animated scenes that were created specifically for the game. The animated segments were developed by Tokyo Movie Shinsha, which also did some of the episodes of the original cartoon. The animated segments were directed by Bruce Timm who is credited as developing the story with Paul Dini, while Paul received sole writers credit. Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Bob Hastings, Ron Perlman, Diane Pershing, John Glover, Arleen Sorkin, Mark Hamill, Adrienne Barbeau, John Vernon and Robert Costanzo all reprised their roles from the animated series.
Because this game did not have to follow censorship guidelines like the show, the fight scenes are a bit more violent and brutal than on the show.
This Game's Story focuses on Batman as he drives in his Batmobile to rescue his allies Jim Gordon and Robin from the joined villain alliance of Poison Ivy, Riddler, Joker, Harley Quinn, and Clayface!
The sixteen minutes of animated segments in the video game for the SEGA CD are sometimes referred to as the "lost episode" of the series. These segments are intended to be interspersed between gameplay elements of an early-1990's video game and as such, the sound, color and story are not of the same quality of the actual television program. In addition because they are interspersed between gameplay they do not form a complete story.
In addition to Batman and Robin the following characters feature in this version of the game:
- Commissioner Gordon
- Harvey Bullock
- The Joker
- Harley Quinn
- Rupert Thorne
- Poison Ivy
- The Riddler
- At one point The Penguin was planned to appear as a boss in the game, where he would try to kidnap Summer Gleeson. The Penguin was cut from the game because it was tight on villains, but the storyboards for his animated cut-scene are displayed in Paul Dini's book, Batman Animated.