Wow not done one of these for a while. I think the last one was between two versions of Love Letter also.
This verses was a lot lot harder to pick a winner for.
Both of these have great wooden tokens for tracking points won. Archer has cute dolphin shaped tokens called intel tokens, whilst Batman has the bat logo.
Both introduce new mechanics to the Love Letter formula. Batman in reality introduced what at best could be described as a minor new mechanic, which was getting a point for guessing another players card when playing the Batman number 1 card. Archer meanwhile bought the Hidden Identity card into play. Which if guessed correctly wins you the round.
The art on both is really good, with the Archer art matching the show it is based on. But I have to say I do prefer the better comic book art of Batman.
Love Letter: Batman was number 58 in my Top 100 games, whilst Archer: Once You Go Blackmail… was number 63. On bgg Love Letter: Batman at the time of my Top 100 was number 388 in the rankings and Archer: Once You Go Blackmail… was position 2049. Which is pretty good evidence that the gamers over on bgg agree with my ranking of the games.
So what did I decide when this match up was thrown up by the ranking engine? I actually bottled it, and sat on the fence calling it a draw. I couldn’t really decide between the two. I think they are pretty close in the rankings really, and they are my favourite versions of the game. I really like what both versions bring to the table. The Love Letter: Batman may play a little quicker with the point for guessing another character. But these are both easily the best versions of the game for me.
Hope the cop out was not too much of a disappointment and the next one (whenever that appears) is more entertaining for you.