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LEGO Batman: The Videogame
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General Information
Developer: TT Games
Publisher: Warner Bros. Games, Feral Interactive (Mac OS X)[1]
Distributor: Sony and Nintendo
Release Date: Fall 2008
Genre: Comic Action
Mode(s): Single-player
Multi-player
Platforms: Nintendo DS, PSP, PS2, PS3, Wii, Microsoft Windows, X-Box 360, Mac OS X
Based on: Lego Batman


LEGO Batman: The Videogame is a video game for the Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, PSP, PS2, PS3, Wii and Microsoft Windows, and is based on DC Comics' Batman. It is developed by TT Games and Published by Warner Bros. Games.

The Mac version of the game was published by Feral Interactive and released in 2011.[2][1]

Plot

The game features Batman and his sidekick Robin fighting their most dangerous foes, who have all broken out of Arkham Asylum and split into three groups to wreak havoc across Gotham City. The story is split into three scenarios, one for each group whose leaders hope to achieve certain goals:

  • The Riddler and his group (consisting of Clayface, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy and Two-Face) plan to stage a heist on the Gotham Gold Reserves.
  • The Penguin and his group (consisting of Bane, Catwoman, Killer Croc and Man-Bat) plan to hold up Gotham with remote-controlled penguins.
  • The Joker and his group (consisting of Harley Quinn, Killer Moth, Mad Hatter and Scarecrow) plan to destroy the Gotham Cathedral and spread his deadly laughing gas across Gotham.

In each scenario, the player controls Batman and Robin as they fight through hordes of goons and henchmen to reach and defeat each villain, foil their plans, and send them back to Arkham.

After clearing one story, the player is able to play it through the villains' perspective, controlling them and carrying out their individual plans up to before being stopped by the Dynamic Duo.

Characters

Batcave

Arkham Asylum

Others

Tech Suits

Batman and Batgirl

  • Classic Costume
  • Detonator Suit - drop and explode bombs
  • Glider Suit - allows character to glide
  • Heat Protection Suit - able to grab heated bars without getting burned
  • Sonic Suit - can break "glass" Lego bricks
  • Thermal Protection suit - protection from freeze gas

Robin and Nightwing

  • Classic Costume
  • Attract Suit - suck up red, yellow and green blocks and assemble into a new item
  • Bio suit - protection from poison gas and toxic waste
  • Magnetic Suit - walk up magnetic walls
  • Scuba Suit - walk under the water rather than on surface
  • Technology Suit - access tech panels

Vehicles

  • Police Car
  • Police Boat
  • Mad Hatter's Steamboat
  • Mr. Freeze's Iceberg
  • Mad Hatter's Glider
  • Catwomans's Motorcycle
  • Two-Face's Armored Truck
  • The Joker's Van
  • Bruce Wayne's Private Jet
  • Police Helicopter
  • Tug Boat
  • Batboat
  • Robin's Submarine
  • Robin's Watercraft
  • Penguin Goon Submarine
  • Penguin Submarine U99
  • Penguin's Supercraft
  • Penguin Submarine U98
  • Killer Croc's Swamp Rider
  • The Scarecrow's Biplane
  • The Joker-Copter
  • Harley Quinn's Hammer Truck
  • The Riddler's Jet
  • Mr. Freeze's Ice Kart
  • Bane's Motorcycle
  • The Catcycle
  • Batmobile
  • The Tumbler
  • The Nightcycle
  • The Batcycle
  • Robin's Scuba Jet
  • Batwing
  • Goon Helicopter
  • Harbour Helicopter
  • Batcopter
  • Police Watercraft
  • Batblade
  • Bat-Dragster
  • Police Bike
  • Garbage Truck
  • Police Van
  • Police Battle Helicopter
  • Police Mine Dropper

Levels

There are five levels in each episode.

The Riddler's Revenge: Batcave

  • Level 1: You Can Bank On Batman

Boss is Clayface

  • Level 2: An Icy Reception

Boss is Mr. Freeze

  • Level 3: Two-Face Chase

Boss is Two-Face's Armored Truck

  • Level 4: A Poisonous Appointment

Boss is Poison Ivy

  • Level 5: The Face-Off

Bosses are Two-Face and The Riddler

Power Crazed Penguin: Batcave

  • Level 1: There She Goes Again

Boss is Catwoman (Bane in DS version)

  • Level 2: Batboat Battle

Boss is Penguin Submarine U99 (Catwoman in DS version)

  • Level 3: Under The City

Boss is Killer Croc (Penguin Submarine in DS version)

  • Level 4: Zoos Company

Boss is Man-Bat (Killer Croc in DS version)

  • Level 5: Penguin's Lair

Bosses are Catwoman and Penguin

The Joker's Return: Batcave

  • Level 1: Joker's Home Turf

Boss is Mad Hatter

  • Level 2: Little Fun at the Big Top

Boss is Harley Quinn

  • Level 3: Flight of The Bat

Boss is Scarecrow's Biplane

  • Level 4: In The Dark Night

Boss is Killer Moth (Scarecrow in DS version)

  • Level 5: To The Top of The Tower

Bosses are The Joker and Harley Quinn, and The Joker-Copter

The Riddler's Revenge: Arkham Asylum

  • Level 1: The Riddler Makes A Withdrawal

No Boss, play as Clayface, The Riddler and Two-Face (DS version-only)

  • Level 2: On The Rocks

No Boss, play as Mr. Freeze and The Riddler

  • Level 3: Green Fingers

No Boss, play as Poison Ivy and The Riddler

  • Level 4: An Enterprising Theft

No Boss, play as Two-Face and The Riddler

  • Level 5: Breaking Blocks

No Boss, play as Two-Face and The Riddler

Power Crazed Penguin: Arkham Asylum

  • Level 1: Rockin' the Docks

No Boss, play as Bane and The Penguin

  • Level 2: Stealing the Show

Boss is Police Helicopter, play as Catwoman and The Penguin

  • Level 3: Haboring a Grudge

Boss is a Police Boat with 3 orange lights, playable Vehicles are Penguin Submarine U99 and Killer Croc's Swamp Rider

  • Level 4: A Daring Rescue

No Boss, play as Killer Croc and The Penguin

  • Level 5: Arctic World

No Boss, play as Catwoman and Penguin

The Joker's Return

  • Level 1: A Surprise for the Commissioner

Boss is James Gordon, play as Harley Quinn and The Joker

  • Level 2: Biplane Blast

Boss is Police Battle Helicopter, playable Vehicles are The Scarecrow's Biplane and The Joker-Copter

  • Level 3: The Joker's Masterpiece

No Boss, play as The Joker and The Scarecrow

  • Level 4: The Lure of the Night

No Boss, play as Killer Moth and The Joker

  • Level 5: Dying of Laughter

No Boss, play as Harley Quinn and The Joker

Bonus Levels

  • Hero Bonus Level: Wayne Manor
    • No Boss, Only Free Play Mode so any group of Characters
  • Villain Bonus Level: Arkham Asylum
    • No Boss, Only Free Play Mode so any group of Characters

Hostages

There are 25 Hostages in the game, one in each non-vehicle level. Once the player finds a hostage, a smile will appear by the level number. A frown means the player has not found the hostage or saved them. In order to do this, the player must find and defeat the thug who is holding the innocent civilian prisoner. After the player has freed all 25 hostages, it is possible to unlock the villain Hush in gameplay for 150,000 studs.

100 percent complete

After 100% completion, it is possible to unlock Ra's al Ghul for 50,000 studs. The last piece of data is also available, which reads 'The End?'

Voices

  • Ogie Banks as Clayface, Mr. Freeze
  • Steve Blum as Batman, Joker, Killer Moth, Two-Face, Killer Croc
  • Grey DeLisle as Harley Quinn
  • Tom Kenny as The Riddler, The Penguin
  • Vanessa Marshall as Poison Ivy, Catwoman
  • Fred Tatasciore as Bane
  • James Arnold Taylor as Robin, Nightwing
  • Tara Strong as Batgirl
  • Dave Wittenberg as Scarecrow
  • Chris Edgerly as Mad Hatter, Man-Bat
  • Keith Ferguson as Killer Moth

References to Other Media

Batman: The Movie (1966)

  • The Penguin's submarine from the 1966 Batman film, appears as a playable vehicle and headquarters for the Penguin, Catwoman, Killer Croc, Bane, and Man-Bat.
  • The three main villains in the movie are The Riddler, Penguin, and The Joker, who are all the villain leaders in the three chapters, Riddler's Revenge, Power Crazed Peinguin, And Joker's Return.

Batman (1989)

  • The Flugelheim Museum, as seen in the 1989 Batman film, appears in LEGO Batman: The Video Game as the "Gotham Art Gallery".
  • The Joker's in-game thugs are similar to the mime henchmen who helped kill Vinnie Ricorso in the 1989 film.
  • The music heard playing on the grounds of Arkham Asylum is the infamous Joker theme song heard in the 1989 film.
  • The introduction score for the game is Danny Elfman's music from the Batman theme heard in the 1989 film.
  • The in-game Gotham chemical factory strongly resembles Axis Chemicals, where Jack Napier was transformed into the Joker.
  • The skyline of Gotham City, as seen in some of the vehicle levels, are similar to the Gotham skyline as glimpsed in the 1989 film.
  • The Monarch Theater (Where Bruce Wayne's parents were killed in the 1989 film) briefly appears in Lego Batman: The Video Game.
  • The Gotham Cathedral (where the Joker met his end in the 1989 movie) appears as the scene for a final showdown between Batman and the Joker in Lego Batman: The Video Game.
  • The Batwing, Batman's mode of aerial transportation in the 1989 film, is a playable vehicle during gameplay.

Batman Returns (1992)

  • The Gotham Zoo from Batman Returns is an accessible location in Lego Batman: The Video Game, in its film appearance.
  • Arctic World (The headquarters for Penguin in the 1992 Batman film) can be seen during gameplay. During the cutscene in the beginning of the last Penguin level, you can see Artic World's globe in the distance.
  • The Gotham sewers appear in the game as they do in the 1992 film.
  • The Joker's in-game thugs bear some resemblance to the Red Triangle Gang, who serve as the Penguin's henchmen in Batman Returns.
  • The Penguin uses an army of Penguins to take over the city just as he did in Batman Returns.
  • The final battle of Power Crazed Penguin is against both Penguin and Catwoman. They were the main antagonists of Batman Returns, and like the film the final confrontation is at Arctic World in the Gotham Zoo.

Batman Forever (1995)

  • The in-game hideout for the Riddler, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Clayface, and Mr. Freeze resembles the Riddler's Claw Island headquarters as seen in 'Batman Forever'.
  • Two-Face serves as the Riddler's in-game deputy, as he does in the film.
  • The Arkham Asylum depicted in Lego Batman: The Videogame is seen as it appeared in Joel Schumacher's films.
  • The Joker's circus strongly resembles Haley's Circus, where Dick Grayson was orphaned in the 1995 film.
  • The Batcave appears as it does in the 1995 film.
  • The Batmobile resembles its Batman Forever counterpart.
  • The streets of Gotham resemble the Gotham alleyways as depicted in the 1995 film.
  • The green mind control rays that come out of Riddler's staff look like the beams that came out of his Box machine in the film.
  • The final confrontation began with Riddler featured him sitting up a throne with Two-Face at his side similar to the final confrontation of the film.

Batman & Robin (1997)

  • The interior of Poison Ivy's in-game botanical garden resembles the Turkish Bath House, where she and Bane make their headquarters in Batman & Robin.
  • Mr. Freeze's hideout in Lego Batman: The Videogame is the same hideout his character is shown using in the 1997 film.
  • The snowman statue outside of Mr. Freeze's in-game hideout is, down to the very last detail, the same snowman statue portrayed in Batman & Robin.
  • The lab area in Poison Ivy's botanical garden is similar to Dr. Jason Woodrue's lab in the 1997 film.
  • Security guards in Lego Batman: The Videogame have been frozen by Mr. Freeze into blocks of ice, as described in Batman & Robin.
  • The Gotham Art Museum appears as it does in the 1997 film where Mr Freeze stages a robbery.

Batman: The Animated Series

  • Mr. Freeze's henchgirls in Lego Batman: The Videogame are the same women seen assisting Freeze in the fourth season of Batman: The Animated Series (also known as 'The New Batman Adventures').
  • The opening scene of Lego Batman is similar to the intro to the Animated Series.
  • Clayface and Mr. Freeze's appearances are directly influenced by their Animated Series appearances.

Batman Begins (2005)

  • The Tumbler, Batman's batmobile as seen in Batman Begins, was not in the game, but was made into a lego set shortly after the game's release.
  • Batman has a Glider Suit available that resembles Batman's unique cape in the 2005 film.
  • Wayne Enterprises appears as it does in the 2005 film.

Trivia

  • The voice actors who play Bane and Killer Croc in Lego Batman: The Videogame, reprise their roles in Batman: Arkham Asylum.
  • The stud max is 4,000,000,000 (Four Billion) studs.
  • All Soundtracks are from Batman.

Sequel

See: LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

References

  1. "LEGO Batman for Mac" LEGO Batman for Mac mini site
  2. "LEGO Batman for Mac available as digital download" LEGO Batman for Mac news post

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