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Batman Batman - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Batman - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A player controls Batman who advances through various stages that are taken from the 1989 movie. Stages include views from the Batmobile, and the Batwing, and the final stage is a battle with The Joker. The intermission features digitized voices from the actors, and photos from the film.

Batman was produced by Atari Games in 1990.

Atari Games released 88 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1984. Atari Games was based in United States.

Other machines made by Atari Games during the time period Batman was produced include: KLAX, Escape From The Planet Of The Robot Monsters, Cyberball 2072, Badlands, Hard Drivin', Rampart, Pit-Fighter, Hydra, Race Drivin', and Shuuz


Name Batman
Developer Atari Games (United States)
Year 1990
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7027
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class JAMMA
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - Attack/Fire|Jump
Sound Amplified Stereo (two channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
PCB Batman PCB Image

Game Introduction

When the platform is higher than you can jump, fire the Batrope upwards.

Game Play

Common enemies appear throughout the game, shooting guns and throwing knives at Batman. The player character's energy is displayed using the Batman logo -- three hits, and you are dead.

This game features realistic sounds. and voices from the movie:

  • Batman - "I'm Batman.", "Be careful.", "Hold on!", "Get in the car.", "Shields Open!".
  • Joker - "Wait till they get a load of me!", "The pen is truly mightier than a sword!", "Why did somebody tell me that he had one of those things!!", "He stole my balloons!", "I do not know the art, but I like it.", "Daddy is going to make some art, darling.", "Can be truce. I have a bat in my belfry.", "Shall we dance (ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha)!", "Come to me!", "Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?", "You would not hit a guy with glasses? Huh, would you?", "Well, it's time to retire.", "I'm glad, you are dead.", "Just the two of us. Mano E. Mano.", "Nice outfit." "Get those wonderful toys!".

Batman KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.52 (3 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.53

Overall Like 5.00
Fun (Social) 4.00
Fun (Solo) 3.67
Collector Desire 5.00

Technical Rating: 4.75

Gameplay 4.50
Graphics 5.00
Originality 4.50
Sound/Music 5.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

When you push the test mode button, go to game options and set difficulty to Easy. Exit the test mode by pushing the test mode button. While in Gotham City (stage 1), enemies do not come out of the door, but they will again in later stages.



This game was only released as a conversion kit. Rumor has it that 1000 were made. It is based upon the movie of the same name.

Even though there is another game called Batman Forever, the two are technically unrelated to each other since they were created by different companies.

In May 1939, Batman's first appearance in Detective Comics #27 by Bob Kane (1915-1998). The Batman TV Series debuted on ABC in January 12, 1966. In June 23, 1989, The first Batman Movie opened in theaters, and in several months, the video tape was released in the markets.

Cabinet Information

The side art shows a photo of Batman standing next to the Batmobile. The cabinet above is a conversion of a William's Blaster (which is also similar to the Duramold Bubbles, but that cabinet was blue). The monitor bezel shows some photo stills from the movie.

A cocktail version was released in Japan only.

The cabinet was manufactured by Atari in 1991.

An alternate marquee contains instructions and an item list.


The PCB board can be swapped for any number of other JAMMA games such as Rolling Thunder, RoboCop, Bad Dudes Vs. Dragon Ninja, Haunted Castle, and many others.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Batman Census

There are 14,959 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,548 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,366 machines (6,939 unique titles).

Common - There are 27 known instances of this machine owned by Batman collectors who are active members. Of these, 3 of them are original dedicated machines. 7 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 17 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Batman. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Batman circuit board set.

This game ranks a 8 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 5 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



There are DIP switches to change and set options such as free play. Other configurable options include difficuty, extra life score, and high score table. There is no cabinet (upright/cocktail) setting so if you put the PCB in a cocktail cabinet, the screen will not flip between player one and two.


Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 206; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 206; Color photo

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