Batman Games in Order: Evolution of the Dark Knight's Digital Adventures - Game Additional Info - eTail USA Blog
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For over three decades, Batman has been a beloved character in the world of video games, captivating players with his iconic gadgets, detective skills, and relentless pursuit of justice. From early pixelated adventures to stunning cinematic experiences, Batman games have evolved significantly, immersing players in the gritty world of Gotham City. In this article, we present a chronological list of Batman games, highlighting their release dates and developer studios.


PC Games


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The first official Batman video game, developed by Ocean Software, made its debut in 1986. Available on various platforms of the time, including the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64, this 2D side-scrolling action game allowed players to navigate Gotham City's treacherous streets as the Caped Crusader.

  • Developer: Ocean Software
  • Release Date: 1986

Batman: The Caped Crusader

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Special FX Software took the reins for Batman: The Caped Crusader, released in 1988. This point-and-click adventure game presented players with an interactive comic book experience, incorporating a variety of puzzles and action sequences.

  • Developer: Special FX Software
  • Release Date: 1988

Batman (1990)

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Sunsoft developed the game simply titled Batman, released in 1990. This action-platformer game featured Batman's acrobatic skills as he fought against Gotham City's criminal underbelly.

  • Developer: Sunsoft
  • Release Date: 1990

Batman: Return of the Joker

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In 1991, Sunsoft continued their Batman game series with Batman: Return of the Joker. This side-scrolling action game challenged players to battle iconic villains such as the Joker, utilizing Batman's wide range of gadgets and combat abilities.

  • Developer: Sunsoft
  • Release Date: 1991

Batman Returns

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Based on Tim Burton's film of the same name, Batman Returns by Konami offered players a side-scrolling beat 'em up adventure. Released on multiple platforms, including the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo, the game followed Batman's battles against Penguin, Catwoman, and various thugs throughout Gotham City.

  • Developer: Konami
  • Release Date: 1992

Batman: The Animated Series

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Konami developed a game based on the acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series, released in 1993. This action game featured the stylish art and compelling storytelling from the animated series, allowing players to take control of Batman and fight against Gotham's most notorious villains.

  • Developer: Konami
  • Release Date: 1993

Batman Forever

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Released alongside the film of the same name, Batman Forever by Probe Entertainment introduced players to a 3D beat 'em up experience. Featuring digitized character models, the game allowed players to play as Batman or Robin, battling through Gotham City to save the day.

  • Developer: Probe Entertainment
  • Release Date: 1995

Batman: Vengeance

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Ubisoft Montreal developed Batman: Vengeance, released in 2001. This action-adventure game featured a dark and atmospheric story, as players took control of Batman to solve crimes, combat villains, and uncover a sinister plot threatening Gotham City.

  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
  • Release Date: 2001

Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu

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Ubisoft Montreal returned with Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu, released in 2003. This action game introduced a new original character, Sin Tzu, as the main antagonist. Players could control Batman, Robin, Nightwing, or Batgirl in a cooperative multiplayer mode as they fought against Sin Tzu and his army of criminals.

  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
  • Release Date: 2003

Batman Begins

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  • Developer: Eurocom
  • Release Date: 2005

Inspired by Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins film, Eurocom developed the game adaptation. Released in 2005, Batman Begins provided players with a stealth-oriented gameplay experience, exploring Batman's origins and his journey to become the Dark Knight.

LEGO Batman: The Videogame

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  • Developer: Traveller's Tales
  • Release Date: 2008

Traveller's Tales brought the beloved LEGO game formula to the Batman universe with LEGO Batman: The Videogame. Released in 2008, this family-friendly action-adventure game allowed players to control Batman, Robin, and other iconic characters, solving puzzles and fighting enemies in a humorous LEGO-inspired world.


LEGO® Batman™: The Videogame



Batman: Arkham Asylum

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  • Developer: Rocksteady Studios
  • Release Date: 2009

Rocksteady Studios revolutionized the Batman game franchise with the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum. Released in 2009, this action-adventure game took players into the heart of Gotham's infamous psychiatric hospital, pitting Batman against his arch-nemesis, Joker, and a host of other iconic villains.


Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition



Batman: Arkham City

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  • Developer: Rocksteady Studios
  • Release Date: 2011

The sequel to Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City continued Rocksteady Studios' masterful depiction of Batman's world. Released in 2011, the game expanded the scope, allowing players to navigate a sprawling open-world version of Gotham City and face off against a rogues' gallery of supervillains.


Batman: Arkham City - Game of the Year Edition


Batman: Arkham Origins

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  • Developer: Warner Bros. Games Montreal
  • Release Date: 2013

Warner Bros. Games Montreal took over the development duties for Batman: Arkham Origins, released in 2013. Serving as a prequel to the previous games, it explored Batman's early years as a crime fighter, showcasing his encounters with iconic villains such as Black Mask and Deathstroke.

Batman: Arkham Knight

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  • Developer: Rocksteady Studios
  • Release Date: 2015

Concluding the Arkham trilogy, Batman: Arkham Knight by Rocksteady Studios was released in 2015. This epic conclusion featured a larger, more detailed Gotham City, introducing the Batmobile as a playable vehicle and pitting Batman against the enigmatic Arkham Knight.

Batman: The Telltale Series

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  • Developer: Telltale Games
  • Release Date: 2016

Telltale Games brought their unique narrative-driven style to the Batman universe with Batman: The Telltale Series. Released in 2016, this episodic adventure game allowed players to make choices that shaped Batman's story as both Bruce Wayne and the Caped Crusader.

Batman: Arkham VR

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  • Developer: Rocksteady Studios
  • Release Date: 2016

Rocksteady Studios provided a unique virtual reality experience with Batman: Arkham VR, released in 2016. Exclusive to VR platforms, this immersive game allowed players to step into the shoes of Batman and solve a gripping mystery using the detective skills and tools at their disposal.


Batman™: Arkham VR



Batman: The Enemy Within - The Telltale Series

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  • Developer: Telltale Games
  • Release Date: 2017

Building upon the success of the first Telltale series, Batman: The Enemy Within continued the episodic adventure in 2017. Players made choices as both Bruce Wayne and Batman, navigating a complex web of alliances and betrayals while facing off against new and familiar adversaries.

Batman: The Telltale Series Shadows Edition

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  • Developer: Telltale Games
  • Release Date: 2019

In 2019, Telltale Games released the Shadows Edition of Batman: The Telltale Series. This enhanced edition featured a distinctive visual style with a noir-inspired black and white presentation, immersing players in a dark and atmospheric Gotham City.

As the list of Batman games continues to grow, fans can expect even more exciting adventures and innovations in the future. From action-packed combat to deep narratives, each game offers a unique interpretation of Batman's world, ensuring that players can always find a Batman game to suit their preferences.

The legacy of the Dark Knight lives on through the immersive and thrilling experiences provided by these Batman games. Whether you prefer classic side-scrolling action or narrative-driven adventures, there's a Batman game out there to let you don the cape and cowl and fight for justice in Gotham City.

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