It’s no secret that I’m a huge Batman fan. Massive. It was only a matter of time, really, until my new hobby crashed head-first into my oldest obsession. I needed a Batman board game. Stat.
My girlfriend, @CarysKenway, anticipated this need and went ahead and got me one. This one. And, to be fair, she could have done a lot worse. Hero Clix is still quite pricey and has that ‘collectable’ angle that I’m just not into. I want my board games to be complete and stand alone. The Batman board games from the 60s right up to the 90s all offer the same, race around a set route, snakes & ladders vibe that would bore the buttons off me. Shadow Assault, here, looks about as good as a cheaply made, licensed Caped Crusader game is likely to get.
Player one controls four Batmen (in the rules it is said that Batman “seems to appear in multiple locations at once”. I like that feature. It’s hard to feel badass when in constant catch-up mode, and don’t worry, the odds aren’t stacked in P1’s favour as you will soon find out, probably in THE NEXT SENTENCE). Player two “is” Ra’s al Ghul, in control of twenty ninjas.
So, unboxing Batman Begins - Shadow Assault, then. Or Batman vs. La Liga De Sombras juego, to give it it’s Spanish title (it’s educational already, see? ‘sombras’ = shadows, ‘liga’ = league, ‘Batman’ = Batman) comes in an incredibly flimsy box. I’m talking Christmas selection box flimsy. Breathe too much near this thing and I can see it warping itself into an orange ball of absorbed dampness.