The Many Incarnations of Batman

This article is part of a series I call “The Many Incarnations of… ”, a column which will chronicle the different game titles that have been released over the years featuring a central character or theme. Pac-Man is here to provide “color commentary,” and Professor Pac-Man is on hand with interesting tidbits of trivia about each game! 


To misquote The Joker, “I have given a name to my game . . . and it is Batman.” Wocka! Wocka! 

From the desk of Professor Pac-Man: The gameplay is based on the 1989 movie of the same name directed by Tim Burton. This game was released only as a conversion kit and features voices from the movie.


Same Bat year, Same bat movie, but with this game you can really pin down The Joker! Wocka! Wocka! 

From the desk of Professor Pac-Man: This pinball was also based on the 1989 hit movie starring Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, and Kim Basinger. This was Data East's first game to use the BSMT-2000 (Brian Schmidt Music Technology) Sound System.

Batman Forever

Riddle me this, riddle me that, who's afraid of the big, pin bat? Wocka! Wocka! 

From the desk of Professor Pac-Man: This pinball was based on the 1995 hit movie directed by Joel Schumacher. This pinball has a hidden easter egg in conjunction with the slingshot hits – a giant bat will appear on the screen and screech at you. If you hit the trigger then you will get fifty million extra points!

Batman Forever

Will this be the last Batman game we see Forever? Wocka! Wocka! 

From the desk of Professor Pac-Man: There are riddles sprinkled throughout this game, and although they are fun to solve, they have little impact on the gameplay. 


Holy power pellets, Batman! These games are a lot of fun! Wocka! Wocka! 

* This article is only a listing of known unique game titles. It does not cover clones of released titles, nor will it list the various platforms the titles have appeared on. It is not meant to be an all-inclusive reference listing, and should be viewed only as the recreational offering it was intended to be. Game descriptions, game titles and registered trademarks mentioned herein are properties of their respective owners.

First Published September 2008