LEGO Batman: The Videogame


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LEGO Batman: The Videogame is the third LEGO adaptation from Traveller’s Tales. They previously took the Star Wars and Indiana Jones universes and converted them into the block form we know and love from our childhood.

In this version, Batman faces his biggest nightmare ever, the jailbreak from Arkham Asylum of every known villain from the Batman universe. Traveller’s Tales has brought the comic book sensibilities of the 70’s version of Batman, added the classic scoring of Danny Elfman distinct music from the Tim Burton interpretation and mixed it together with breakable blocks!

Those familiar with the previous LEGO games will have no problems picking up the nuances of LEGO Batman, while the game is simple enough for the beginner to pick up and learn quickly on the fly.

One of the best features of LEGO Batman is the ability to not only play as Batman or Robin, but the ability to play as both heroes and villains. Who wouldn’t want to play as their favorite super hero or super villain, if you prefer.


Game play starts with a cut scene where the Villains are breaking out of Arkham Asylum. From here you can play as Batman or Robin, switching back and forth between characters performing various tasks to complete the level. Those who have played previous LEGO games will be familiar with the nuances of breaking LEGO scenery to build up vehicles, suits and equipment. Each character has different suits that enable abilities to complete the various levels.

The characters are controlled with the X button for jumping, the square button for attacking, the circle button for grappling and the triangle button for tagging. The left stick moves the character around.

In addition to using the LEGO blocks to build things, there are also LEGO studs that you must collect through out the game. These coins allow the player to unlock other characters such as Nightwing and Batgirl, acquire vehicles or discover facts about Batman.

The Batcave is the base of operations for the good guys and for picking the various missions. This is where the player can buy additional character. There are three vehicles in the Batcave – the BatMobile, the BatBoat and the BatWing. Each of these vehicles is tied to five missions. For instance, the BatMobile leads to an eventual Boss battle with the Riddler. The other two Bosses are the Penguin and the Joker. For the Villains, Arkham Asylum is the main base of operations.

Overall there are thirty levels in the game with a few secret ones thrown in for good measure. Fifteen levels are designed for the do-gooder and the other fifteen are for the nefarious folks.

The tech suits range from a Glide, Demolition, Heat Protection and Sonic suits for the Batman and a Water, Magnet, Technology and Attract suits for Robin. Each of these suits adds special abilities needed to accomplish various tasks throughout the game.

Once you defeat all the baddies as the Caped Crusader, then you can play the rest of the game from the Villains perspective. Each Villain has a unique super power and this makes playing with each one a unique experience.

LEGO Batman has two play modes: Story Mode and Free Play. After missions are completed and characters are unlocked, Free Play allows the player to replay the level with any character (hero or villain) they have unlocked. This gives the player the ability to reach goals that are not obtainable with some characters. For instance Posion Ivy’s skill set allows her to reach a point on one of the boards that other characters are not able to reach.

Pressing the L1 or L2 allows the player to switch between the two characters in the free play mode.

In addition to unlocked characters, the player can purchase Nightwing, Batgirls, Man-Bat and others with the LEGO studs collected on each level. In addition to buying known characters, there is an additional character customizer which can be used to make the greatest hero or the baddest villain ever! The more characters that you have bought, the more options you will have to build your new character.

LEGO Batman does not have to be played solo, as a second player can jump in and out of any mission. All LEGO studs and items collected are pooled to a single active total in an active game save. Unfortunately, there is no online mode. This is a shame since this is a great co-op game and having another human being playing adds to the fun and eliminates some of the frustration of working with a dense AI.

The game is kid friendly where the characters are non-threatening as LEGO blockheads. Even young children can play without worry of having nightmares after meeting the Joker.

Specifications:

LEGO Batman: The Videogame

The Villains Are On The Loose

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.

Fight for justice as Batman and Robin or create chaos as The Joker, Catwoman and other villains, as you save or destroy Gotham City.

Rocket through sewers and bound across rooftops as you take the fight to the criminals across classic locations in Gotham City.

Fight on land, sea and in the air using a number of powerful Batman, Robin and villain-controlled vehicles, including the rocket-powered Batmobile, sleek Batboat and stealthy Batwing

Enhance the abilities of the Dynamic Duo with all new power suits, including the Magnetic Suit

Enjoy numerous game modes and levels:

-Play through the game in Story Mode from both the hero and villain sides
-Replay any level in Freeplay Mode with any characters you’ve unlocked. Access previously hidden areas to find additional rewards and bonus content
-Collect LEGO studs and special LEGO bricks throughout the game to unlock tons of extra content including special power-ups and bonus levels

Play as Batman, Robin or more than 12 dastardly villains — all in super-fun LEGO form

Master special superhero power-suits and new moves, along with the weapons unique for each character

Build and drive Lego versions of favorite vehicles like the Batmobile, Batboat and the Batwing

Customize characters, build and transform game environments, and challenge yourself with multlayered collectibles and rewards

Designed for standard two-player, drop-in/out cooperative play


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Cast of Characters

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Game Screen Shots

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Game play is definitely fun, but sometimes the AI is lets say a bit lacking. Puzzles can be frustrating as the AI tends to do the wrong thing when trying to solve puzzles unless the player is positioned correctly for the AI to carry out the specific action needed to solve the puzzle.

Also, some of the levels are not clearly designed and finding the solution can lead to some frustration to the player. For instance, levers are sometimes not readily apparent, causing the player to flounder around looking for it for a prolonged period.

The cuts scenes are entertaining and the characters have their own unique personalities. While the game is not based on any specific representation of Batman, it seems to mostly adhere to the 70s take on Batman with violence and whimsy at the same time.

The game play and presentation is the same as the PSP version. Obviously the graphics and sound are obviously better on the more powerful PS3 system. The game can be played in either 780p or 1080p without issue.

Conclusion:

What makes LEGO Batman different from other than previous LEGO games is that Traveller’s Tales have come up with an original story instead of one which was based on previous canon such as the Star Wars Trilogy. While the story is not complicated, catch the bad guys, send them back to Arkham, while smashing objects and beating bad guys senseless, the game is fun to play. Plus the ability to play almost any character makes replaying the same levels seem fresh and different.

LEGO Batman is an entertaining take on the genre and offers a fun and unique interpretation of the Dark Knight’s universe.

Pros:
Almost every major Batman character represented

Lots or replayabilty

Plenty of unlockables

Danny Elffman soundtrack

Kid friendly

Cons:

Lack of online mode

Not much innovation from previous LEGO videogames

Grades: 
Overallscore-8-10
Designscore-7-10
Performancescore-9-10

  62 comments for “LEGO Batman: The Videogame

  1. HELP ME WITH THIS PLS
    November 4, 2008 at 9:54 am

    umm anyone can tell me why. that i unlock all the character in batman (psp) except 2 characters by the way i completed 80% of the game what is the other 2 characters ?? i also have all characters from hero mode and villian mode pls tell me

  2. dylan
    November 8, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    batman is cool and robin wil theycompleet the mission yes leg0 batman the videogam

  3. anthony b
    November 12, 2008 at 1:19 am

    the other two characters are hush and ras al gul.

  4. jesse
    November 13, 2008 at 5:09 am

    how do u keep ur made character not be a good guy?

  5. help me plz- jesse
    November 13, 2008 at 5:21 am

    PLZ CAN SOMEONE TELL ME CAUSE WHEN I MAKE MY CHARACTER HE DOES ROBINS MOVES
    AND HE CAN’T HURT GOOD GUYS AND ONLY BAD GUYS HELP ME PLZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. stuck sarah
    November 18, 2008 at 9:45 am

    can anyone help me plz im stuck on flight of the bat and cant figure out how to continue through the level!!

  7. cameron
    November 18, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    this game rocks so much …IT ROCKS!!!!

  8. cameron
    November 18, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    WHAT PART ARE ON

  9. Corey
    November 19, 2008 at 4:35 am

    I am on to the top of the tower level but can’t figure out what to do. I have built part of a water gun between the two poleice water guns but don’t have enough pieces to complete it. I think it doesn’t let me use it and I am stuck

  10. lee
    November 19, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    corey. when harley destroyes the two water guns you bild one out of the two destroyed guns remaning pieces

    p.s with the 3rd gun you shoot her in a corner

  11. lee
    November 19, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    ALL I NEED TO DO IS UNLOCK THE LAST CHARECTOR AND GET THE REST OF MINIKITS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Thinge
    November 22, 2008 at 2:32 am

    i unlocked all the minikits, all characters (except for the basic joker for some reason, and i cant figure out why) beat hero and villain, beat all the bonus levels, rescued all the hostages, and i only hav 91.7%, how do i get to 100? I WANT RAZ AL GUL!!!

  13. DIRTY
    November 27, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Can someone please tell me how to unlock or play in free play with the JOKER. I have Joker Tropical but I want to play with THE JOKER main character. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have everyone else. THANKS!

  14. Ximak
    November 28, 2008 at 2:11 am

    How do I unlock all the characters????!!!

  15. matt
    November 29, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    can someone help me figure out how to beet the pinguin the second time when ever cat woman is helping him? PLZ!!!

  16. benjamin
    December 13, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    how do u get the red blck on ” a surprize for the commisher

  17. .........................
    December 26, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    how do you beat the penguin and catwoman on the last mission of episode 2

  18. Louise
    December 27, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    I’m stuck on Flight of The Bat, i cant get passed the tube of flames, any help would be greatly appreciated, please.
    Thankyou for your time

  19. alex
    December 29, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    you use the helicopter and pick up a floating mine

  20. Becca
    January 10, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Hi, this is on behalf of my son really. He has just got Lego Batman, its 18% complete but its showing that all the levels are completed. I have tried looking to see if there are any more levels but i cant find any either.

    Also i cant seem to find any of the red bricks in any of the levels either…

    Anybody Help????

    Thanks

  21. Funnie Guy
    January 11, 2009 at 2:28 am

    How do you get hush and ras al gul?

  22. Red Leader
    January 23, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Can anyone help with the mini kit to the right of Robin’s aqua suit on Under the City, that is by the villain entry by toxic waste???

  23. hitz
    January 25, 2009 at 8:24 am

    u noe on level 2 (i tink) when u get the new batman suit and u have to fly across how do u do it cause when ever u turn the thing the pressure of the air goes down but as soon as batman flies it comes bak up
    help pls i am stuck
    GAME ON PAUSE PLS BE QUICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    TQ

  24. isaac
    January 29, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    I have beat both the hero side and the villian side of the game and i have unlocked all of the charictors. Even though all of them are unlocked, I still have 2 mystery people left besides my 2 created people. Who are they and how do I unlock them? PLS HHHUUURRRRRRRYY!!!!!

  25. jack
    February 9, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    can anyone help me unlock hush and raz al gul im 99.4 percent dome need help

  26. Anonymous
    February 15, 2009 at 9:43 am

    ineed help im stuck on the levle when your the joker (with the scercrow and you have to open the door

  27. Black shadow
    February 16, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Becca, has he got all of the:
    Charaters
    Red bricks (One in each level)
    Minikits/canisters
    Superkits for both good side and evil
    everything… absolutly everything there s to buy and:
    got four billion things (sorry!) of money
    I’m not totally sure about the last one and if you do have to, then you need all of the X extras. Money stopps and dosn’t count once it reaches 4 billion.

    Hope that helps

    Blackshadow

  28. anthony
    February 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    how do i make a caracter on lego batman

  29. Robert
    March 2, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    i have tropical joker but i dont know how to unlock the main joker? does anyone know how to help me? thank you

  30. Robert
    March 2, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    I am stuck on the disco scene, I do not know how to pass it. Does anyone know how, please help me. Thanks

  31. Jilian Rolando
    March 18, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Dear Lego Batman,

    I play your vidio game a lot, and so do my two brothers also.

    My family wants to play it together but we only have 2 remotes.

    I wish we met you! your friend Jilian

  32. Jilian Rolando
    March 18, 2009 at 1:10 am

    How do you bet Wane!

    PLEASE HELP US QUICK!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Please typ bake SOON!!!!!

  33. matthew
    March 29, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    how do you unlock all the data?

  34. Sam
    April 9, 2009 at 10:29 am

    What are the white things on the walls? Can’t find a character to operate them.

  35. legos
    May 2, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    how do you create a caracter??

  36. Joker
    June 22, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    we have finished all of the levels but we still have to mystery characters that we can not unlock.
    pls hlep!!!!!

  37. Gameshark
    June 26, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    To create a character, you go to Arkahm Asylum, explore a little bit until you get to a room with 2 people hanging by chains over a pit. Walk up to one and you can change their parts and make a character! To get Arkham Asylum, go to the floor of the Batcave that has the suit changer and Batcomputer. Go to the far side of the room and you will see a switch. After you finish all the levels in one story(like;”The Joker’s Return),pull the switch and you should be either Clay Face or Riddler.
    Hope it helps! Oh, and could someone help me with the second to the last level on the Villains’ Riddler Story mode. I’m stuck at the generators with the fan. I found the acid vacum but there’s no acid it can get to. I broke the first generator. I just can’t get the second.

    -Gameshark

  38. Jesse Wrih
    July 5, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    I have many people, but, how do you get Poison Ivy’s long hair?

  39. Jesse Wrih
    July 5, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Okay” Gameshark”, play as Two-Face and go to the other side, then kill all the police men, next( don’t worry you’ll find your way) then you’ll see a ledge, jump to it and build the lego, build-it! If you need more help ask me- Jesse Wrih

  40. g,lp
    July 22, 2009 at 2:59 am

    im stuk on the first level of the vilens

  41. Anonymous
    August 12, 2009 at 10:11 am

    For ages i have looked for someone that could tell me how to unlock the original joker! Many have asked no-one answered!

  42. Sara
    August 30, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    How do I unlock the original joker?

  43. Jake
    October 2, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I am stuck on level 5 bad guys. there is a wide chasm with 2 metal things hanging from the ceiling I cannot jump far enough to get accross. How do I cross?

  44. dan
    January 17, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Can anyone please tell me and my son how to get to the Riddler. We build the hover craft and get to the circle door with the moving/blinking floor, but can’t figure how to get through the door. Thanks!

  45. frankie
    February 20, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    how and were do you use vehicles

  46. Lindsey
    March 1, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    What are the white computer machine things on the wall, have tried all charaters and none of them seem to be able to work it?

  47. Aaron
    March 3, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Q. Can anyone please tell me and my son how to get to rhe Riddler. We build the hover craft and get to the circle door with the moving/blinking floor, but can’t figure out how how to get through the door. Thanks!
    A. To get the Riddler you must beat the chapter where you go in the Batmobile (via The Riddler’s Revenge), but you may have to play the 4th level for your son, because there’s a scary, non-child friendly, Venus Flytrap in that level, you will have to get 25 peices of vacume legos to make a bomb that blows it up, then there are 3 seperate ones, but only 1 bites. (did I mention they breeth?) Then go to Arkum Asylum, play, and win a level, (by the time you reach the 5th level in villian mode you will have Clayface, Mr. Freeze, Posion Ivy, Two-Face, and Riddler.
    My question is how do you unlock the minikit on the 5th level on the hero mode of The Riddler’s Revenge? My minikit detector detects a minikit peice near where you put your car to check for security (not when the red thing marks over the car.) If you have the answer to how you get the peice, then I’ll appriciate it!

  48. March 9, 2010 at 12:22 am

    HOW DO YOU MAKE A CHARCHER!!! (xbox 360)
    not spelled right

  49. ashley
    April 16, 2010 at 12:33 am

    I am stuck on flight of the bat for ps3. I have 9 canisters and need the last one. The walkthrough says to shoot the yellow topped canister in the background behind the green stuff at the boss. When I try to shoot the canister nothing happens. How do I get the last canister?

  50. Lego batman !!!!!!!!
    June 2, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Who can help me play the first game in the chapter 3 (Joker return )

  51. June 4, 2010 at 2:26 am

    oooh i like it when i was small i was scareed of the second chapter of the joker’s return now i deafeated harley quin and then i can’t deafeat the scarecorow biplane ohhh i love batman and robin and alfred and night wing and batgirl and all villans (escaped)

  52. SIS
    June 28, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    How do you get through the 3rd level in the 3rd chapter.. I don’t understand it…

  53. July 25, 2010 at 2:57 am

    I cant find the red power brick in level 1 chapter 1(villain side) i know u have to do it in free play but i cant get it.ON LEVEL PAUSED NOW PLEASE HELP NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  54. July 25, 2010 at 3:02 am

    Becca u need to pull the lever in the bat cave if u go to the fer left when your in the villain place go to the left and then u will see a door go thou it and u will be in the mission room

  55. dc*
    August 4, 2010 at 10:06 am

    plz help! im stuck at 99.4%. i dont know what to do to unlock the last several data items. i found all minikits and red bricks, have all characters unlocked except Ras, and i have unlocked the bonus leves for arkam and the mansion. im just so puzzled! plz help 🙂

  56. bob
    August 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    finished game got hush and rasal ghul hush is to sick hes already got fast build in him

  57. katie
    August 21, 2010 at 5:39 am

    i’ve finished all the hero and villain levels, completed all minikits, have all power bricks, have purchased hush, BUT there’s a bunch of data that isn’t unlocked so i can’t buy it to get to 100% HELP! what am i missing?

  58. Chong Chian Yong
    August 31, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Can any1 sent me the game Lego Batman the videogame ??? i really wanted to ply very much thks

  59. September 6, 2010 at 6:39 am

    PLZ CAN SOMEONE HELP ME. I NEED TO UNLOCK ALL EXTRAS BUT I DONT WANT TO WRITE ALL THE CODES ONE BY ONE BECAUSE IT TAKES A VERY LONG TIME TO WRITE THEM
    PLZ

  60. Anonymous
    December 21, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Could someone please help with two things:
    On heroes mission 3 level 3, I cannot use a cable thingie to move the bombs. I have tried both the floating mines (which are very annoying) and the torpedo things but I cannot pull anything.
    On villains mission 2 level 5, I have no idea what to do. I’m stuck in the room with the seals that you can ride around, but I can’t open the door in the back. Any suggestions?

  61. Afasimmons
    February 21, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    did you ever get an answer  my son is playing it and in the same spot

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