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Genre: Action & Shooter / Release Date: 2008-10-10 / Published by Warner Brothers

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      26.06.2011 17:52
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      A very good game for the Nintendo DS console

      I have played Lego games before and the first was Harry Potter Lego with a friend and it was one of those games which were fun to play because everything was done with Lego and fortunately for me this game is no different.

      Most people know Batman the great super hero to help Gotham City from all the crooks and criminals and he tries to make sure he is above the law and assists them when he can. He is not normally alone and this game provides you with the company of Robin his trusty sidekick.

      The game involves you taking part not only in combat but also involves you attempting to complete levels by finding missing items and collecting coins as well.

      You begin inside the Bat cave the trusty hideaway for Batman and his activities and you have to take part in three chapters all containing stories. You go through the doors of the first chapter and begin the game.

      You have to try and learn the controls quickly because there is a lot to learn as you go through the game. The first is the coins these are everywhere and you collect these because they can assist you later on which will be explained.

      You have love hearts to assist your health when you are playing the game and you also have another part to collect and this is missing items. When you pause the game you might see a piece of Lego in a set colour you need to find hidden within the story you are playing.

      These items are not meant to be found easily so you have to keep your eye out and explore any location you're not sure about just in case they are hidden in there.

      The game is pretty cool because the story to each chapter has a comic book method of explaining what is going on and what you need to do and that adds a bit of coolness to the game in my view reverting back to the comic idea.

      You move around the game using the control pad you have on the console and you can use either Batman or Robin swapping between the characters in order to complete the game. Both have different things they offer to the game.

      Batman has the ability to fly off course and Robin can tightrope walk which might sound pathetic but in the long run this is vital to know.

      You get to see enemies approaching and your mission is to take them out but this is not always that easy you need accuracy with your fighting skills to make sure they don't end up killing you instead.

      The game has Lego everywhere and your character has to sometimes smash items up in order to find ways of advancing further. You might need to smash a box which underneath has not only coins but a way to advance further.

      You have to piece together various Lego pieces to make new items to use or perhaps create walkways to make you advance.

      The game is done in a Lego themed way with buildings and enemies and even the focal point characters all done with Lego faces which make the entire game very fun.

      The graphics on the game are alright they are never going to be superb due to the console this game is on but otherwise they are pretty good. The images of characters are good and the way you can see new suits appearing throughout the game is very realistic.

      At times the graphics can go missing in some scenes but overall they are very good. When it comes to the game play I have issues with some things such as flying you are told on the game when you meet something new to do how to do it properly.

      The game lets you then take this option on but sometimes you might not read the details correctly and end up dying which costs you coins.

      Those coins help you achieve the ultimate target because each level wants you to get the coins for a reason perhaps they are used to unlock new characters, who knows.

      The controls are easy to understand when you get into a rhythm and you are then able to play the game and enjoy it as much as possible. The only difficult part is trying to find the missing items.

      The game is quick at some stages and slow in others and there is plenty to be done and it makes this game very appealing.

      I never thought I would approve of this game because it seemed like the console had Harry Potter Lego and other versions why try to introduce more but for me it has done well.

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      28.04.2010 21:06
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      Lego Batman cost us only £10 in store from either Asda or Tesco, and Amazon are selling it for £12 at present. That's not a bad price for a DS game these days. We got it as a game we could play with the grandson, as he likes Lego (a lot) but is a bit young to manage a game like this without assistance. I'd say its age recommendation of seven years plus is accurate for both content and ability level.

      The game is basically a batman game, only all the characters are played by Lego minifigures (very cute!) and there are lots of little Lego features throughout. For example there are little machines which need building here and there, and you build them by hitting a button and watching your minifig put all the Lego blocks together to create a switch or a box etc. I think a big part of the appeal of this game is the novelty of the Lego actually!

      As for the point of the game, well as yet I'm not entirely sure. It's very obvious that we have to keep progressing through the levels, and it's obvious that we have to fight the enemies as we go. But for what ultimate purpose - I have no idea. A clearer main goal would be nice, though at least the mini goal of completing each level keep us going anyway.

      The graphics in this game are good, and I like that the Lego parts really do look very much like Lego. Robin and batman are cute little guys really. The sound effects are acceptable, as is the music, though it's nothing particularly special. Likewise the movements and controls are decent, but nothing wonderful.

      This is a good game that's well worth a tenner for a Lego or Batman fan, but those who won't appreciate the novelty might not get so much enjoyment out of this. It's a pretty well put together video game but I wouldn't say it's anything overly special. There's definitely some room for improvement.

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        27.01.2010 13:38
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        good game lego is the best

        My step son is a big fan of the lego games and must own all of then for the playstation. Due to this my son has decided that he loves lego too which came of no suprise to us. The one thing that he asked for for christmas was the lego batman game. Originally when I went out to look for it we couldn't find it it was sold out. However on a journey to Smyths with my dad we managed to find it. This game has been out for two years now and It is still as expensive as when it first came out. We managed to get this on a 2 for £30 which wasnt bad but I do wish I could have found it pre owned and bought it for cheaper.

        This is based on the DC comic hero Batman but is created by lego. I have recently started playing this game while my son has already completed it. This is not usually my ideal game because I like the mentally challenging games and logic games which this is niether. However I have got slightly addicted to this game and can understand why my son did too. You have 3 main levels to start and in each level there are 5 other levels, you play batman and robin for the story mode. You have to play the story mode to gather all the charactors once you have these you can re-play in free play mode to collect other things. You can smash almost everything in the game to get coins. You have to collect all gold coins that you can to become a true hero. At the end of each level you have a bad guy from the batman program such as poison Ivy this is unfortunatley as far as I have got, although I have had to do certain levels for my son to help him along the way. Batman can swing up to different levels on the level that is being played as long as a platform is built. By smashing certain objects you are able to collect other bonus features and are also able to buy charactors. There are also mini games on the game if you get board of playing the normal game. I like the option on mini games I find them more interesting and because they are quick to play I find them more fun.

        Overall I think this is a very good game for the lego lovers and young children over the age of 4, I say this age because they are able to understand what you have to do when you explain it although they may need some help from time to time. I have noticed that my step son finds it easier to play this game on the DS rarther than the Playstation. It is easy to complete which makes it not really worth the money unless you are going to play it over and over and really like the mini games. This has been a worthwhile investment in out house because the two boys and my daughter have a go at playing it and me and my partner are playing it when we get a chance. All the children love the game and it is easy to see why. If you only play a game once I wouldn't buy this new I would try and find it preowned because it will be completed in a day. For young children this is excellent and they will be spellbound with it.

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        21.04.2009 11:14
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        A fun DS game

        I bought this game for my children as an Easter treat last week and found myself giving it a go as well.

        The game is quite simple in story line Batman and Robin have to go through several chapters to save Gotham City from the bad guys such as the penguin and the Joker. We hadn't got any of the previous lego games so we did find some of the play a little tricky at first - especially as we couldn't find a way out of the batcave!!

        Once that small glitch was solved we had no problems. Each Chapter is made up of 5 subsections which have to be solved before moving on to the next one. I must say that I really loved the sound effects on this game - when you knock over and bash up the lego bricks - whic you need to do to build switches and stuff it really does sound as though you are knocking a load of Lego over.

        The only bad part of the game is that you cannot save half way through a section - you need to complete and go back into the bat cave before it saves which can be abit annoying if you get stuck on a bit and have to go and start the dinner!!!

        The game is good fun for less serious gamers - my son doesn't really like it as he can't see the point - but I think that's probably why I like it - it's just fun.

        Think I'll get Indiana Jones next - as a treat for the children of course!!!

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          13.02.2009 12:54
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          A must for all Lego or batman fans

          Who has not wanted to be Batman or robin, after all the great films? This game is a great introduction for people who have not played the Lego platform games before as it is easy to get to grips with how to play and getting robin to display his daredevil tightrope walking, and batman flying across the Gotham rooftops. Like other Lego platform games you need to play each level twice first as batman and robin and the next with a combination of characters, where you can get access to even more areas of the level. What added to my excitement as I was playing is the ability to play the levels as a villain in the villain section on the game. No more batman and Robin bring on my dark side with the great villains Joker and two face as they rampage through the streets. All the old favourites are shown in this game Alfred, cat women and many more. This game is great for livening up boring train journeys, the commute to work or just relaxing on the sofa. Once again Lego has hit the spot, turning classic films into great platform games with a twist. As usual Lego games are great value for money, as you know that you are getting access to great number of levels and also the mini games which can be addicting when you just want a quick 20 minute play. Overall this is a good quality game which can be played over and over and not get bored. I give it the thumbs up, bring on the batmobile.

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          12.02.2009 21:30

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          good ds game very addictive

          Funny lego characters. If you are a fan of Batman, then you will like this game. It's quite easy to play and puzzles are easy to solve. there's nothing to it. Not much of a storyline, it's just Batman and Robin dealing with individual villains. it's what you would expect to see. It's still quite fun to play. I recommend this to anyone. The batman lego game works well on the DS, very addictive, loads to collect and unlock, a bit repetitive but hours of fun. Cut-scenes with no text can be tedious and tricky to work out the story-line. Overall good fun, worth buying.
          However i did struggle at certain points as their just semmed no where to go . I just kept hitting brick walls was unable to smash anything to unlock things and did eventually give up till someone showed me where to go . was frustrating at times even though it is a good game .

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          11.02.2009 13:46

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          An fun and entertaining game!

          Well what can you say but its a game for all ages and genders. Ive played it and my husband ,also my 70 year old mother and 3 year old son. In my opinion its the best of the lego games. Ive played it on different formats and found this the most enjoyable.you can eventually open upand play as many different characters.All have diferent features and also batman and robin can gain extra costrums which enable them to do many diferent things.you play out different storys or capers as they like to say.The best bit about the game that i havei found is that you can also play as the bad guys ie catwoman,the joker,the penguin etc.This is the fun bit because being good al the time sometimes gets a bit boring.The bad guy levels are opened up from the Arkham Asylum where the bad guys are being held due to being quite mad but great fun!

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          20.01.2009 18:03
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          A fantastic and accessible fun little game

          As a child, LEGO was the best thing ever. The ultimate toy, you could make anything you wanted exactly how you wanted, followed by the fun of breaking it all apart and starting over again. Where would we all be today without LEGO?

          In the video game world, I'm not sure where we'd be. Over the past two years the hugely successful LEGO Star Wars games have spearheaded a LEGO invasion of our gaming consoles. We are now faced with more LEGO spinoffs of blockbuster movies than anyone could have ever in a million years predicted!

          Now there are certain things about Batman that may cause you to doubt it's suitability as a LEGO-based game. Batman is and has always been one of the darkest super heroes. Treading the narrow line between goodie and baddie, even the name of his home city Gotham evokes dark and fearsome imagery.

          It's an odd match - but one of the first things that becomes apparent here is how well the two worlds collide. They say opposites attract, and these opposites are a winning team. LEGO Batman somehow retains Batman's dark and moody atmosphere, skilfully combining it with the pure playfulness of LEGO bricks.

          The gameplay is just like every other LEGO game on the DS - puzzling, platforming and fighting with a whole lot of blocks bouncing around and plenty of stuff to collect. And alongside the gameplay - that can be mastered by anyone, young or old, gamer or not - there's a definite Batman vibe. A fantastic feat, really! Although the gameplay is nothing new really, the whole feel of the game is unique.

          It's worth noting that unlike most Batman games (let's face it, they've all been rubbish!), LEGO Batman on the DS allows you to play not only as Batman or Robin, but also as one of Bruce Wayne's many enemies... ever fancied taking the role of the Riddler? Well, now you can!

          This good/evil divide not only adds replay value to the game but also makes it all feel like a much more solid and cohesive experience.

          As for the graphics, they're great. I have to say I expect little from the DS graphically, but LEGO Batman and like LEGO Star Wars, it's one of the more visually impressive titles on the system. Because of inflexibility with the buttons on the DS, there isn't any manual camera control, however most of the time your view of the action is fairly well chosen by the game.

          The sound is also great - all the characters communicate by making weird little noises - odd, but cute and another quirky touch to the game. What really matters though is the music - and taking from the best, I was delighted to hear some Danny Elfman compositions. The only composer who could ever compose for Batman in my opinion, and boy is that music good!

          Overall LEGO Batman is a great little game on the DS. LEGO and Batman fans alike will fall in love with it's quirky clash of the cute and the dark - unique and lots of fun to play!

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            10.01.2009 17:45
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            Buy it, you wont be disappointed

            Another excellent addition to the series of LEGO games. If you've played on any of the previous LEGO games on the ds (either LEGO star wars or LEGO indiana jones) you will know that these games include the best 3D gameplay and graphics found on the DS console.

            The great thing about this game is it is based around the comic books rather than the movies, meaning that any batman fans will be pleased to find all of their favorite characters in the game.

            You start off in a lobby as batman, where you are able to choose which level you want to play, when you then complete a level you can later come back as any character you have unlocked. Yes, that means that EVERY character in the game (including random unknown thugs) is playable later on and they all have their own advantages which allow you to unlock areas which you previously were unable to reach when playing as batman.

            Another cool feature which is new to the LEGO games is the different suits you can find as batman, when you change suits you gain new abilities.

            The only disadvantage is that if you have played through the previous LEGO games, you may find the game play to be a bit repetitive as it is essentially the same game but with a new story line and new characters/surroundings.

            Personally i think that the new aditional features and characters are enough to make it worth playing though.

            I give it a 9/10

            Summary: Buy it, you wont be disappointed

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              05.11.2008 16:23
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              Great family game and for fans of other lego series games

              This is the latest in the 'lego' frachise and arguably the best so far. This new game allows players to complete the game playing as baddies and goodies. This adds to the fun factor and expands the life of the game. Once you have completed the first levels as a good guy it opens up the bad guy section. As usual there is a lot of humour in the game and a great amount of attention to detail. You can use a variety of different suits for different activities such as a gliding suit for batman, a magnetic suit for robin allowing him to climb walls, toxic protection suits etc. Once you have completed a level you can go back to it and complete it on free play so that you can get all the extra bits you couldn't reach before. Additionally there are plenty of mini games to play as well as characters to buy and the customise character feature. This version is purpose built for the DS and differs from the other versions for XBOX 360 and PS3.

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                28.10.2008 18:28
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                Well worth buying!

                Lego Batman is the latest in a long line of LEGO theme videogames, this time you're in control of the caped crusader himself, Batman!

                You start of as Batman in your batcave, and from there you can enter three different rooms, each with five levels encompassing an entire mission. Your job is to catch the villains trying to destroy Gotham City. All your favourite villains are here, from Harley Quinn, Two Face, Killer Croc, Bane and The Joker, so it's all encompassing and every Batman should find someone they like.

                As well as these levels, a great twist is you can travel to Arkham Asylum and play these missions as the bad guys! You set up the masterplans the bad guys have concocted, and take out any security and policemen that try to stop you. This is a great idea, allowing you to play as the good guys or the bad guys. I love Arkham, the music is really sinister and occasionally you hear screams, it fits the bill perfectly.

                The levels are big and packed with things to move, destroy and collect. Each level has a joker card, which can be viewed from the batcave, a red brick which opens up minigames and bonuses, and canisters which, if you collect all of them, will unlock vehicles in your batcave. You can also break open a lot of things to collect studs that vary in colour and value, which can be used to purchase characters, keys, minigames and score multipliers.

                The Dynamic Duo also have a trick or two up their sleeves, one being their new power suits. These can be accessed whenever you see a batman or robin logo on the floor. They can help your reach places you wouldn't be able to access without them, and add another dimension to the game.

                Overall a very good, time consuming, addictive game that will keep Batman fans or just fans of these games very happy, five stars!

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                  15.10.2008 14:19
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                  Review of Lego Batman for the NDS

                  Pre-amble
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                  Lego Batman is a Warner Brothers game and is an addition to their Lego Star Wars and Lego Indiana Jones games.

                  The game is designed for ages 7+, as detailed on the box. My 5 year old nephew has played the game, and whilst he managed with most of it, there were some puzzles where he needed a bit of help. Personally, I think some 7 year olds would struggle with parts of this game.

                  I have been lucky enough to be sent this game from a friend who lives in the good old USA. The official UK release date for Lego Batman was 10 October 2008 and it was available for pre-order through many specialized computer game retailers and other online shops.

                  Prices for the game vary, and a sample of prices I have found (excluding P&P) are as follows:

                  1) Lovefilm shop - £17.93
                  2) Play.com - £17.99
                  3) Argos - £19.99
                  4) Times2scale - £20.99
                  5) ShopTo.Net - £22.99

                  The differential in prices is not huge, although based on previous experience, I suspect that retailers offering the game at a lower price will be charging more postage and packaging so the end price will be around the same across all retailers. I cannot confirm this since I have not looked in to the postage costs - since I have no need to.

                  The above represents a small number of suppliers and I am sure that there are loads more if you trawl through the internet.

                  Story Line
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                  In summary, the criminals of Gotham City have broken out of Arkham Asylum and are set to wreak havoc. It is the "dynamic duos" job to go and defeat them all.

                  The plot of each criminal is difficult to establish since the story develops as you progress through the game via a cartoon strip.
                  The cartoon strip is very detailed and the picture quality is great but it doesn't give too much away as there are no speech bubbles on the pictures or spoken words. The only audio is the Batman music which is played on the options screen of the Batman DVD.

                  All of Gotham City's criminals appear in the game including The Riddler, The Joker, Penguin, Clay Face, Cat Woman, Killer Croc, Two Face, Scare Crow etc and all have got to be defeated.

                  Playing the game
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                  The game commences in the Bat Cave - where you can change the look of your character, look at game stats etc.

                  From the Bat Cave the dynamic Duo can venture in to the Wayne Manor building in order to collect gold and silver coins (like in most platform games) in order to accumulate 'Stud' points. I have yet to work out whether the stud points can be exchanged for anything or not. Other than running around, collecting coins and smashing up furniture and paintings (why smash up your own house??) to reveal further coins there is nothing else to do in the Wayne Manor - there are no puzzles to solve or criminals to kill. This seems like a bit of a waste to me.

                  There are 3 chapters to complete with the head criminal being the Riddler, the Penguine and the Joker respectively. I won't divulge any more than this as I don't want to ruin the game for any buyers.

                  On the Streets of Gotham the game heats up but only a little bit. There are puzzles to solve and criminals to beat up although the number of criminals is disappointingly low and the game seems focused on puzzle solving to progress to further levels.

                  In this game you play both Batman and Robin at different stages. Each has their own unique "special powers" which are needed at different times to complete the level.

                  Batman has the ability to 'float' across large gaps, use a grapple hook to pull himself up buildings, blow things up by laying bombs and endure extremely cold temperatures.

                  Robin has the ability to walk along a tight rope, travel through heating vents, walk in dangerous green goo, use poles as a climbing aid and walk up vertical metallic walkways with the aid of his magnetic boots.

                  The special powers are used when special suits are located at different levels.

                  The game involves collecting stud points, hitting traffic cones, signs, posts etc to reveal more coins, hearts (to increase the number of lives - as in all platform games) and pieces of lego which are then used to build computers, levers, ladders etc.

                  Once you know what the special powers are and which character to use it is easy to progress and solve the relevant issues to complete the level.

                  Graphics
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                  The graphics are actually really good. They are simple, colourful and vivid - just like being in the comic book (except in lego) so I think Warner Bros has achieved what they set out to in this regard.

                  Playability
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                  The controls are very easy to use. The directional pad controls the characters and the buttons are used to jump, build the lego ladders/levers etc, pull levers down and punch the bad guys.

                  The stylus is only used to pull down levers and drawbridges although this can be done using one of the buttons.

                  During the game you get to drive the Bat Mobile, which is very difficult to control. In addition the speed increases and it all becomes a bit frenzied. They are pointless levels since all you're doing is chasing the criminal's car, trying to avoid its gunfire and collecting those coins for stud points.

                  Music
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                  Other than the 'theme' music from the Batman DVD (although I think they producers should have used the music from the cheesy 60's batman episode myself - for those of you old enough to remember) the sound effects are awful. They are limited and, to be quite honest, naff.

                  The music/sound effects should complement the graphics, but this does not happen in this game. The graphics are superb, the acoustics are naff.

                  Addictiveness
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                  Despite being quite simple, once you know when to use each character and which special power to use, the game is quite addictive at first.............

                  I found it a novelty running around building different things out of lego (I assume this is the same with the Lego Indiana Jones and the Lego Star Wars? - I haven't played either although this game has made me very curious), collecting coins to become a super stud, aimlessly smash things up etc. but there is only so long that you can do it for.

                  This game is massive. Overall, I have played for around 23 hours and I have only completed 16.7%. I have not been hanging around and have completed levels fairly rapidly.

                  I know I won't see this game through to completion which is a shame because I would like to see the final cartoon strip and credits, but I don't have the inclination to finish it.

                  The Twist
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                  This game has another element in that it is possible to play the criminals (from the asylum) and wreak havoc in Gotham City.

                  Whilst this may be seen as a 'bonus' feature I find it pretty pointless. After all, the idea is to be Batman and Robin and defeat the criminals - not be criminals running amok in Gotham City!

                  Anticipated life
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                  The potential life of this game is several hours.......providing you can deal with the repetition. Unfortunately, I cannot.

                  Conclusion
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                  All in all this is a good game with some really good aspects and some really bad aspects.

                  The good points:

                  1) It's based on Batman
                  2) All the criminals are in the game
                  3) Great graphics
                  4) The 'Lego' theme
                  5) Long life potential - provided you don't get bored too quickly
                  6) Good use of a comic strip outlining the story

                  The bad points:

                  1) Awful music and sound effects
                  2) Gets repetitive after a while
                  3) A bit too simple

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                  Take control of the Dynamic Duo, Batman and Robin, as you build, drive, swing, and fight your way through Gotham City capturing escaped villains and putting them back in Arkham Asylum where they belong. Battle against legendary villains including The Joker, The Penguin, Catwoman and more to keep the streets of Gotham clean. Then, for the first time, jump into the story from the other side and play as Batman's foes. Enjoy the power you wield as you spread chaos throughout the city.