Batman: Arkham Asylum

Last Updated on by Samuel Franklin

  • Mood and tension – Batman feel – Open world – Fluent gameplay
  • Odd glitches – Some poor level design

Arkham Asylum is the first game release in the Batman: Arkham Asylum story and was released in 2009. The games action adventure story is heavily focused on the battle between Batman and his long time enemy. the Joker.


The plot follows the Joker’s attempt to seize control of Arkham Asylum while entrapping Batman inside with his endless enemies. At the same time the Joker creates several bomb threats around Gotham City leaving Batman no choice but to enter the Asylum (a facility off the coast for the criminally insane) and deal with the Joker once and at all.

In Batman: Arkham Asylum players will have to use Batman’s abilities in stealth, combat, detective reasoning and his available gadgets to complete their mission.

Gameplay in Batman: Arkham Asylum is played through a third person perspective and has players exploring Arkham Asylum in open world style (the early parts of the game are fairly linear though). Batman has plenty of gadgets at his disposal which makes freely exploring the game world easy, fast and fluent. Players can run, climb and even glide around which gives you an amazing experience and definitely captures the Batman feel. Gadgets aren’t limited to enhancing your movement though with plenty of combat gadgets that allow you to stun and dispatch enemies in creative ways.


Just like the exploration elements of the game combat is designed on a similar free flow philosophy with players having three main options during melee engagements (stun, counter and attack). This allows players to create attack combos and quickly chain attacks between different enemies.

Another core part of the gameplay is your detective vision which helps to highlight important information and objects that can be interacted with.


  • The start of the Arkham Asylum story arc.
  • Battle against the Joker and stop his plans for destruction.
  • Impressive open world environments with fluent movement.
  • Very Batman feel with gadgets and detective vision.
  • Available on all major platforms.



Review Platform: PC

This review was first published on September 7, 2014. It may have been updated since to reflect new information, platform releases, links and videos as at the updated date at the top of this page. Review scores are not changed as part of this update process, to learn more read our update policy.

Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 publishing content on the likes of YouTube, GameSkinny, Hubpages and other media outlets as a guest author. He has over 3 million views on his YouTube channel, SeelyonGaming.

Samuel actively enjoys video games across all genres and platforms, watching the trends of the gaming industry and following the independent development scene in particular. Games Finder is also a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.

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