Fans hoping to catch a glimpse of what's in store for the Caped Crusader in Cartoon Network's new Beware the Batman series by playing the new Web game available on CartoonNetwork.com, Gotham Streets, are probably going to be a little disappointed. Aside from some brief footage of the Batmobile and a few pictures of Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Anarky, there ain't much. But at least it's a pretty fun way to waste a few minutes.

Anyone familiar with the arcade/NES classic Spy Hunter will identify what kind of game this is immediately: a top-down driving game where you try to fend off attacking cars with front-and-rear guns, oil slicks and the like. You try to go as long as you can and beat your high score.

It's stripped down a pretty good bit, with just a handful of upgrades, only a few types of enemies. It's really just two sprites, a car and a... spaceship thing, palette-swapped out to make six bad guys. Once you get to the red spaceships, you know death is imminent. They're cheap as heck, staying just outside your shooting range and going offscreen to dodge stuff.

 

 

It's a free flash game on the web, which means you get what you pay for. It's a repetitive time-waster that doesn't really seem like it should be a Batman game, when you think about it. Why would Batman be shooting at other cars, with guns, and potentially killing the drivers? That seems about as not-Batman as it can be.

But that's overthinking it. Use it to kill some time between now and Beware the Batman's premiere Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Eastern. Then get your thinky, Batman-examining glasses on.