The game is split up into three unique-to-game stories based around Batman, his allies and enemies. Everyone has escaped from Arkham Asylum and it is up to Batman and Robin to help round them up. The format is simiiar to that of other LEGO adventure games, which involves solving platformer puzzles (pulling levers, putting blocks on pressure pads, etc) and destroying the environment to collect coins, which can then later be used to buy extras such as suit upgrades and new playable characters. Once the story mode has been completed for a level, you can go back as any character of your choosing and try to access some secret places with your new abilities that were once unavailable to you.
There are two ways you can play Lego Batman; as a hero, or as a villain, and both offer different ways to play. Playing the game through the Hero campaign, you take control of Batman and Robin and try to stop the evil plans of The Riddler and company. When completed, this then unlocks the Villain campaign, allowing you to see the game from a different perspective and take control of people such as The Joker or Clayface. You will be in the same environments as the Hero campaign, but you might be on the rooftops instead of the floor, or underground instead of up above. It is now your aim to thwart Batman and Robin and triumph with your evil plans.
Batman and Robin can equip different suits to help them in their adventures.
Players can wield LEGO Batarang by moving a Batman (or Robin) symbol across the screen to target enemies while using Batman or Robin. The Batarang also allows players to block and reflect enemy bullets.
Following 2008's holiday bundle of Lego Indiana Jones and Kung Fu Panda, the Xbox 360 Elite model was bundled withLEGO Batman and Pure during the 2009 holiday season at no additional cost.
Lego Batman: The Video Game requires 6.0GB of space to install on a Xbox 360 HDD.