Love Letter: Batman Edition Review
Without context, Love Letter: Batman Edition sounds like the worst game ever. Who would want to play a game where you write love letters to the Dark Knight? Luckily for us, this isn’t the premise. Instead of sending romantic notes to a princess, which was the goal of the game this is based on, this edition requires players to apprehend Gotham’s fiercest foes. Awkward name aside, should you and your friends aid Batman on this adventure?
If you’ve ever played any of the previous versions of Love Letter, you already know what you’re getting into. For newcomers, I’ll give you a quick rundown. The game is played with a 16-card deck. Each card has a value from 1-to-8 as well as an action associated with the card when it’s used. Over the course of the game, players will take turns drawing a card and playing a card in hopes of being the last person standing with the highest card, or using the actions on their cards to knock someone out of play. Whoever reaches the point limit first by being the last person standing with the highest card wins.
I love the original game for how elegant its simple mechanics were. This is a game that you could teach anyone in seconds and still have a blast with on your 100th playthrough. Love Letter: Batman Edition is the exact same game with the slightest of changes. For one, all of the art has been changed to be Batman-themed. The lowly guard cards have been replaced with the Caped Crusader, the princess has been replaced with the Joker and the cards in between now feature other recognizable characters from Gotham. Two, tokens have been changed from wooden red cubes to wooden Batman symbols, which are a neat touch. Finally, scoring is a tad different. In this game, points are also rewarded to players that knock an opponent out with a Batman card. The scoring limit has been raised a bit to accommodate, though it’s nothing you couldn’t do with the original.
For those of you who have not played Love Letter before, the Batman Edition may be way to go. It’s essentially identical to the classic game, though getting your friends to play a game about Batman taking down supervillains is probably an easier sell than a game about sneaking letters to a princess. At the asking price of about $10, you can’t go wrong. As for those who already own Love Letter in a different form, you can pass on this unless you really need Batman art on those cards. Then again, at $10, you could do far worse than double-dipping on a great game you already own.