Love Letter

(Written Review by Jimmy Hudson, No Video)

Some games don’t warrant a full video review but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth adding to your collection. From time to time we will do a quick blog only review that doesn’t include a video. Love Letter is one such game.

Ages: 8 & Up
Players: 2-4
Play Time: 20 minutes
Designer: Seiji Kanai
Publisher: Alderac Entertainment Group

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From the box:

In the wake of the queen’s arrest, all the eligible young men of Tempest (and many not so young) seek to woo Princess Annette. Unfortunately, she has locked herself in the palace, and everyone must rely on those within the palace to bring their romantic letters to her. Will yours reach her first?

Love Letter is a game of risk, deduction, and luck, for 2-4 players. Get your love letter into Princess Annette’s hands while keeping other players’ letters away. Powerful cards lead to early gains, but make you a target. Rely on weaker cards for too long and your letter may be tossed in the fire!

Basic Idea of Game

Game play is really simple and the price point is really cheap. I picked up a copy for less that $10. We simply read through the instructions, set up the game, and were able to play. We didn’t have to go back to the instructions at all. It took us 40 minutes to play through our 1st game. I think future games would stick closer to the box’s projected 20 minute time frame. In order to win a round you must end up being the last player in the round or be the player with the highest ranked card. We never made it to comparing ranks. For us, each round always ended with other players being eliminated.

In a three player game you need to win 5 rounds to be declared the winner. My wife took a quick lead and had won 4 rounds while my mom and I only had won one round each. In the end my wife ended up winning it all. Final score was Tara 5, Mom 3, Jimmy 3.

Pros

I loved that the price was under $10.
My wife and mother both liked the game so I know I have something I can pull out quickly if we want to play a game.
The game play was easy to understand yet there was some fun moments of luck and strategy.
I liked the fabric drawstring bag that came with the cards.

Cons

There really isn’t much to the game.
It did drag on a little bit longer than I wanted and we didn’t want to play it again right away.
It only plays up to 4 people.

Final thoughts

I’m glad I have this game. I’ve been looking for some “easy to teach” games to play with my family. I currently have two different types of gaming groups. One that loves complex/deep games and one that just likes to get together and play without having to learn a ton of rules. This game fills a spot for my “lighter” gaming group. I see a lot of instances when I could use this game as a filler. It’s cheap. Why not pick it up?