Looking for a great family game? See why we love Love Letter!
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Love Letter is a fabulous card game that friends shared with us over the summer. It has quickly become a family favorite game.
How can I tell? Because it's played over and over again, it's taught to all friends and family who visit, and then it's loved by those friends and family (just like the DC Deck Building Game!).
This game is very easy to learn and play. The game play is compact (you only have one card in your hand since there are only 16 in the whole deck), but it's so clever.
It plays differently every time, and it plays quickly. That's always a positive thing when you're playing a strategy game with kids. If it doesn't go their way, you can just play it again.
Love Letter Card Game
The story of Love Letter is that that there's a princess who is being wooed. She has locked herself in the palace, and you must rely on others to take your “love letter” to her.
Each hand, the goal is to be the last one standing (and earn a cube/point). Each turn, you draw one card and choose one of your two to play down in front of you.
Knowing how many cards there are of each type is part of the strategy, particularly for the “guessing” cards. Each hand is played until only one player is left; that player gets a point cube.
Hands continue until someone wins the right number of cubes to end the game (the number depends on how many players there are).
The deck has 8 different types of cards, each with a different rule of play. Part of the strategy is figuring out how best to play a high- or low-point card.
With deduction and a combination of luck and strategy, it makes for an even playing field for both kids and adults.
Love Letter is for 2-4 players, and while the box says “Ages 8 and up,” of course we've played with younger kids. They do just fine.
Reading is key, so keep that in mind. We've now played it many many times, and I can tell you that it's a lot more fun with 3-4 players than just two. It's an Americanized version of a Japanese game.
Love Letter is easily found at Amazon, and it's a truly great inexpensive gift for an upcoming birthday or the holidays.