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Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009) is an open-world adventure game. It's the first game in the Batman: Arkham series. In the game, the Joker has taken over Arkham Asylum trapping Batman inside and watching him as he tries to escape, sending various enemies after him from the asylum.

You explore areas of Arkham Island after you've unlocked them. While going through the game you'll find a variety of challenges, some have you going toe to toe with a group of thugs, other situations will have you taking a stealthy approach to take out enemies off one by one, and finally you will need to use your detective vision to solve a variety of puzzles. The story offers surprising twists and turns that accentuate the feeling of playing in the world of a Batman comic book.

Batman: Arkham Asylum also offers a challenge mode where you can try to beat your scores and times in different unique challenges that will test your skills as a player. These challenges take key encounters in the game and make them more challenging and provide additional resources for you. This gives you the opportunity to be more creative in how you approach the scenarios.

Our examiner, Jonah Monaghan, first checked Batman: Arkham Asylum 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 9 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Fighting game with Action, Collecting, Role-Play, Stealth and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 10 hours and 12 hours to complete. The game contains lots of extra content beyond the main story which will extend this considerably.


This game is good if you want to:

This game has helped players develop their Experience as part of the following pathways:

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Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for strong and sustained depictions of violence. Violence during gameplay is generally moderate in nature. A variety of weapons are used, including firearms and metal pipes, with realistic reactions to the violence. Some cutscenes feature stronger moments of violence, including restrained characters being beaten realistically, with audible pain reactions. However, there is no clear injury detail during the violence. The game also includes uses of bad language, including '*!@?*', '*!@?*' and 'ass'.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Blood, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence. Players assume the role of Batman as he fights (never kills) his way through a psychiatric hospital populated by psychopathic criminals and humans infected with a toxic virus. Players can punch, kick, and use weapons (spikes, light beams, and other gadgets) to defend against the onslaught of enemies. Some attacks are highlighted by special effects, such as slow-motion hits and close-ups of damage inflicted. During the course of the game, players can enter rooms with blood stains on the ground and walls or witness the "infected" twitching and screaming in pain. Some inmates and guards are strewn unconscious/dead on the asylum floors, while others are tied up, strapped to torture devices, or are being tortured (e.g., a guard suffering in an electric chair). Two female characters wear provocative outfits that expose deep cleavage and/or partial buttocks, and one of them moans suggestively when she is in peril. Players are occasionally required to identify and track traces of whiskey/tobacco during missions. Some expletives (e.g., "b*tch," "damn," and "*!@?*") can be heard in the dialogue.

Skill Level

Our Game Pathways reveal how 17-year-olds play this game:


Batman: Arkham Asylum usually costs £14.99.

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Steam Store PC £14.99
App Store Mac -
Switch Store Switch -

Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition

Steam Store PC £14.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
Available in Batman: Arkham Collection and remastered in Batman: Return to Arkham with all downloadable content. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 25/08/2009, updated in 2023

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS3, Switch and Xbox 360

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Fighting (Action, Collecting, Role-Play, Stealth and Traversal)

Accessibility: 13 features

Components: 3D Third-Person, Open World and Weather

Developer: Rocksteady Games (@RocksteadyGames)

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