Screen from the Amiga version of Batman: The Caped Crusader
It was an arcade adventure, using comic book style panels to show the action. In this game, Batman is faced with two of his most well-known adversaries, the Penguin and the Joker. The game is split into two different parts, one for each villain. These parts are separate and can be played in any order. Batman uses punches and kicks and his batarang (a thrown weapon) in order to fight the villains' henchmen as well as solving puzzles.
On its original release, Your Sinclair awarded it 9 out of 10, praising the colorful and expressive graphics and the inclusion of two separate adventures. Computer Gaming World also gave a positive review, praising the graphics, particularly the Atari ST's graphics over the C64's. However, it was noted the game emphasizes mazes and puzzles over beating up bad guys, and as such did not quite meet expectations.