In this article, we present a comprehensive list of Batman games, organized chronologically by release date, along with the platforms on which they can be played.
Superhero games have captured the hearts of many fans, and if Batman is the first character that comes to mind when you think of superhero games, you’re undoubtedly a true DC enthusiast. DC Comics expanded its reach into the gaming industry, delivering the superhero games fans had been craving since the 1990s, with a particular focus on Batman games.
Developed by Rocksteady Studios and WB Games Montréal, Batman games have become some of the most beloved superhero video games, drawing inspiration from the DC movies. The franchise launched its first game in 1986, simply titled “Batman,” which quickly gained recognition as one of the top games of its time. Since then, the series has grown to include more than 30 games released between 1986 and 2016.
All Batman Games in Order of Release Date
First, let’s talk about the most famous Batman game series – Batman: Arkham
- Batman Arkham Games
- Other Batman Games in the Order of their Release
- 1. BATMAN (1986)
- 2. BATMAN: The Caped Crusader (1988)
- 3. Batman In 1989 (1989)
- 4. Batman: The Video Game (1989/1990/1991/1992)
- 5. Batman: Return Of The Joker (1991/1992)
- 6. Batman Returns (1992)
- 7. Batman: The Animated Series (1993)
- 8. Batman Forever (1995)
- 9. Batman Forever: The Arcade Game (1996)
- 10. Batman & Robin (1998)
- Batman Games by LEGO
Batman Arkham Games
Batman Arkham is one of the most successful Batman games series developed by a list of developers and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
The series contains nine games in total, released from 2009 to 2016. The main AAA games are only four, 4 are spinoffs and one remaster. You can play the series on various platforms. We have mentioned which game can be played on which platform under each title below.
Chronological order of Batman Arkham video games:
1. Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Arkham Asylum is the first game in the series, which was released in 2009. The game was one of the biggest hits ever for DC as it is still considered the best Batman game ever.
The story is about Batman’s escape from Arkham Asylum. Batman was trapped there by the Joker and had to find a route to escape. The game’s main objective is to escape from the asylum and fight the enemies. Batman can use various skills seen in the movie while playing the game. The player can also use skills to find clues and footprints to solve puzzles.
Platforms to play Batman: Arkham Asylum – PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One, macOS X, and Microsoft Windows.
2. Batman: Arkham City
After the release of Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City was launched in 2011. The game was the sequel to the first game and was developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
As expected, the game was an instant hit, and many DC fans loved it. To play Batman: Arkham City, you must first play Batman: Arkham Asylum so that you will understand the whole point of this game. This game is the development of the previous game’s story where there will be characters from the first game. In this title, Catwoman was introduced, which is playable in a few scenes of the game.
Platforms to play Batman: Arkham City – PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, macOS X, and Wii U.
3. Batman: Arkham Origins
Batman: Arkham Origins is the third title in the series, released in 2013. It was developed by WB Games Montréal studio and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. This game is the prequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum.
This game didn’t receive much appreciation and can be considered a flop. The game is about a younger version of Batman who struggles to fight against the Black Mask. This is also an Open-world game in Gotham City, and the player can move around freely, which means he can also interact with NPCs and undertake a few side missions.
The best thing about this game is that you can play this game with your friends, which means it has multiplayer support. Although everything was routine, people didn’t like this game because of the same story as their previous releases.
Platforms to play Batman: Arkham Origins- PS3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, and Wii U.
4. Batman: Arkham Knight
Batman: Arkham Knight is the fourth main title in the game, released in 2015, developed by Rocksteady Studios, and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. This game is a sequel to the game Batman: Arkham City. Batmobile was introduced in this game.
The game story is about Batman fighting with a new villain, Scarecrow, and some unknown knight. Batman: Arkham Knight got some appreciation from DC fans, unlike the previous title, where people gave bad reviews.
The platforms to play Batman are Arkham Knight – PS4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows.
Other Batman Games in the Order of their Release
In the above passages, we have talked about the Batman: Arkham series, which are the most popular ones. But, some other batman games are fun and, most importantly, free-to-play. We have mentioned all the other batman games in chronological order and the platforms where you can play these games.
As we talked, the first Batman game was released in 1986, and many other games are released regularly. These games don’t have high graphics like the Batman: Arkham series, but they are entertaining to play.
Please go through the passages below to understand in which order you must play these games to enjoy them to the fullest. Let’s start.
1. BATMAN (1986)
The first-ever Batman game and also the first DC game ever released. The game was developed by Jon Ritman and was published by Ocean Software. It is a 3D isometric game. The game’s objective is to collect seven parts of the Batcraft hovercraft and save Robin.
The game is available to play on – ZX Spectrum, MSX, and Amstrad PCW/CPC (Unplayable on modern devices).
2. BATMAN: The Caped Crusader (1988)
The First Batman game was a huge success and got a lot of appreciation from people. Two years later, the second Batman game was launched in 1988. Unlike the first one, this is a 2d-game developed by Special FX Software Ltd and Ocean Games, Data East (North America), and Erbe SA (Spain) published the game for multiple platforms.
The game is available on – Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, MS-DOS, ZX Spectrum, and Commodore 64 (Unplayable on modern devices).
3. Batman In 1989 (1989)
Ocean Software developed the 3rd Batman game after the movie – Batman In 1989. There are five levels in the game, and each level showcases a unique plot of the film.
This was the first 2D- side-scrolling Batman game. The game became as popular as the movie and received a game of the year award.
The game is available on –Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, MSX, and ZX Spectrum (Unplayable on modern devices).
4. Batman: The Video Game (1989/1990/1991/1992)
A series of Batman games were launched in 1989, developed and published by Sunsoft, based on the movie Batman. All the games in this series had the same name, yet every game had a different plot.
The game featured five bosses from DC and had many other villains from DC.
The game is available to play on – Arcade System, Gameboy, PC Engine, Genesis, and Nintendo Entertainment.
5. Batman: Return Of The Joker (1991/1992)
After the Batman: the video game, a sequel was released by Sunsoft. The game was a bit different from the prequel as this game featured the batmobile and batwing.
This game was very entertaining and engaging. Most DC fans liked the game, and it became pretty popular in the 90s. Batman: Return Of The Joker had the same gameplay as Contra and Mega Man.
The game is available on – Game Boy, Sega Genesis, Nintendo, and Entertainment System.
6. Batman Returns (1992)
Batman Returns was released in 1992 by various developers. They are (Game Gear, Master System), Denton Design (Amiga), Spirit of Discovery (DOS), Tiger Electronic (Handheld Tiger game), and Konami (NES, SNES). The publishers for this game are Konami (Nintendo/Amiga/DOS), Sega (Sega versions), and Tiger Electronics (Handheld Tiger games version).
This game is very different from the previous games because this was a 2D-beat-up game inspired by several games released that year.
The game is available to play on – SNES, Sega Genesis, and Gameboy
7. Batman: The Animated Series (1993)
In 1992, based on the Batman animated series, a game was released for Gameboy. You can play the game as Robin instead of Batman. The game was developed by Konami for the SNES, Clockwork Tortoise (Sega CD, Genesis), and Novotrade (Game Gear) and was published by Konami and Sega.
Batman: The Animated series have alternate titles like – The Adventures of Batman and Robin.
The game is available to play on – SNES, Sega Genesis, Game trade, and Gameboy
8. Batman Forever (1995)
Batman Forever was a 2D beat-up video game released in 1995 based on the movie Batman Forever. It was developed by Probe Entertainment, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and was published by Acclaim Entertainment.
You can play the game as a character of your wish – Batman or Robin. This game is considered a flop due to its difficulty, and it didn’t have the option to continue after stopping at a certain point. If you have started the game, then either you have to play it entirely or start again from first the next time you play.
The game is available to play on – Windows 95, Game Boy, Sega Genesis, Game Gear, R-Zone, MS-DOS, and Super Nintendo Entertainment System Microsoft.
9. Batman Forever: The Arcade Game (1996)
This game is based on the movie Batman Forever, and Acclaim Entertainment published it in 1996. The developers of this game are Probe Entertainment, Iguana Entertainment, and Iguana Entertainment UK.
This game can be played in multiplayer mode – one player can take the role of Batman, and the other can play Robin. The game received a few negative reviews, and people said that the story is always repetitive in batman games, and they became sick of playing these games.
The game is available to play on – Arcade, PS1, MS-DOS, and Sega Saturn.
10. Batman & Robin (1998)
This game is based on the movie Batman and Robin, and it was developed by Probe Entertainment and published by Acclaim Entertainment. This was an action game, and the player could choose to play as either Batman, robin, or Catwoman. Every character has a vehicle that they can drive in-game.
This game was released only for PS-1. Both the movie and the game were flops because of a bad story.
From 2000, all the Batman games that were released were action games with stories similar to the movies released in the same year. The games are listed down below:
Year 2000 – Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker – Game Boy Color, PS1, and Nintendo 64
Year 2001 – Batman: Chaos In Gotham – Gameboy
Year 2001 – Batman: Gotham City Racer(Racing Game) – PS1
Year 2001 – Batman: Vengeance – PS2, Game Boy Advance, Microsoft Windows, Xbox, and GameCube.
Year 2003 – Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu – Xbox, PS2, Game Boy Advance, and GameCube.
Year 2003 – Batman: Dark Tomorrow – GameCube and Xbox.
Year 2005 – Batman Begins – GameCube, PS2, and Xbox. Vicarious Visions developed the game for GameBoy Advance.
Year 2016 – Batman: The Telltale Series – Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch.
Year 2017 – Batman: The Enemy Within – PS4 and Microsoft Windows.
Batman Games by LEGO
We all love playing with LEGO but have you played Batman LEGO games? If you haven’t yet, then try playing Batman games by LEGO. These games are enjoyable to play and feature Batman as the main character.
The games were developed by Traveller’s Tales and TT Fusion (for handheld devices) and were published by multiple publishers, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Feral Interactive.
If you are interested in playing these games, then check out the list below:
The games are listed below in chronological order:
1. Lego Batman: The Video Game
This was the first Lego game based on Batman. The game is not based on any movie or series and is entirely original. You can play as The Riddler, Joker, and Penguin, and there is no Batman or Robin in this game. They will be introduced in the later chapters.
The best thing about the game is that when a character dies, then the body of the character is broken into small lego pieces.
The game is available to play on – Microsoft Windows, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360, macOS X, and Nintendo DS.
2. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
By the name, we can see that this is a sequel to the previous Lego Batman game. This game is special because it has voice-overs for characters. The game has 70+ playable characters, and every character is related to Batman.
This game had some good mechanics and was loved by many DC fans worldwide.
The game is available to play on – Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, macOS X, PS3, PS Vita, Wii, Wii U, and Xbox 360.
3. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
The final Batman Lego game, one of the best Lego games ever, had 150+ playable characters; this one is a sequel to the previous game.
The game had a few technical issues, but overall, the game was good. This game had a unique storyline and was released for various platforms.
The game is available to play on – Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, macOS X, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.
These are released for Mobile devices and one for VR. The games are listed in chronological order below:
1. Batman: Arkham City Lockdown – Mobile
2. Batman: Arkham Origins – Mobile
3. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, PS Vita, PS3, Wii U, and Xbox 360.
4. Batman: Arkham Underworld (2016) – Not available anywhere
5. Batman: Arkham VR – Microsoft Windows (HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Valve Index VR).
This brings us to the end of this guide for all Batman games in order of their release date. We have tried to list out every game possible, but there might be few exceptions as many old Batman games are now obsolete.
All of these games are linked to Batman’s original storyline, so it will be better to play each game after you have watched the movie. This way, you will enjoy and find the game more interesting.