June 2, 2017
Game: Love Letter (2012)
Publisher: Alderac Entertainment Group
Designer: Seiji Kanai
Board Game Types: Party Game & Secret Identity Game
Duration: 20 minutes
Time to Learn: 10-15 minutes
Love Letter Board Game Review
Board Game Description
Love Letter is a game of fast-paced royal seduction. Players must attempt to win the affection of Princess Annette while deterring other attention-seeking suitors. While there are many variations of Love Letter published such as Batman and The Hobbit, game play does not change based on the theme of choice. It has been nominated for and won multiple awards since it was published in 2012, including the 2013 Golden Geek Best Party Board Game. It is a great game to keep in your purse (sorry guys… murse?) and bring to family events, date nights or a night out with friends.
Love Letter is played by dealing each suitor one card. With only 16 cards in the deck, you need to make quick decisions to out smart other suitors and ensure your letter reaches the princess first. Upon your turn, you draw one card from the deck and decide which card from your hand will aid you better in the game. You lay one card in front you and carry out the directions on the card. Play continues until all players or noble suitors are eliminated from the round. Repeated rounds are played until Princess Annette has received enough letters to make her decision.
Much of the fun comes from trying to guess which cards still remain and using that knowledge against the competing suitors. Imagine a combination of the secret identity elements of One Night Ultimate Werewolf, coupled with good, old-fashioned card counting that would get you kicked out of a Vegas casino.
Love Letter is a great game for any occasion. It is small, easy to transport and fun for all ages. While the recommendation is 10 years old, it can be played with younger gamers, probably as low as 7 or 8. There are small variants depending upon the number of players to keep things well-balanced.
Gateway Game Score (What's This?): 9/10
Overall Rating: 9/10
- Small and easily transportable
- Great for all ages
- Easy to learn and teach
- More luck involved than strategy
- Some gamers may dislike the theme, though there are many variants for those insecure with their masculinity. Batman or The Hobbit versions may keep that pesky cognitive dissonance at bay
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Is Love Letter a good enough suitor to woo the princess? Or does this game more fit for commoners? All of you Board Game Addicts, let us know in the comments below.