Love Letter

Love Letter Card Game is a Fast Simple Game of Risk, Bluffing, and Deduction



Game Designer: Seiji Kanai

Publisher: Alderac Entertainment Group

Players: 2 – 4

Game Duration: 15 Minutes

Recommended Age Group: Ages 10 and up

Rating: 8 out of 10 (1 = lowest and 10 = highest)

Type of Game: Family, Bluffing, Card Game, Deduction

Complexity: 1 out of 5   (1 = least and 5 = most)


Game overview

  • In Love Letter, suitors are seeking to get their letter to the princess
  • You are one of the suitors
  • The game is played in a series of rounds
  • To win the game, you must win a predetermined number of rounds based on the number of players in the game

Game components

  • 16 game cards (Each card has a special power and has a rank number from 1 to 8)
  • 4 reference cards (These cards list the various types of cards used in the game and their unique powers. The reference cards also display how many copies of each card are in the deck. These cards are not used in the game, but are provided to serve as a memory aid to assist each player)
  • Cube tokens (One token is rewarded to the player that wins a round)


  • All of the cards are shuffled
  • To start, each player receives a card unknown to any other player
  • The remainder of the cards are placed face down in the center as a draw pile
  • The top card from the draw pile is then secretly removed from use in the current round (this adds a twist to the game so that the deduction component of the game remains strong since each player is unsure of what the missing card may be)
  • On the players’s turn, an additional card is drawn from the draw pile so that the player has 2 cards to chose from
  • The player chooses one of the two cards in hand to play
  • Play continues until only one player remains in the round or until all the cards are used up in the draw pile
  • If at any time only one player remains in the round, then that player wins the round
  • If more than one player remain in the round when all the draw pile cards are used up, then the player with the highest card wins the round
  • In a four player game, a player must win 4 rounds to win the game. (In a 3 player game a player must win 5 rounds and in a 7 player game a player must win 7 rounds)
  • Special Rule: In a two player game, three cards are secretly removed per round from the draw pile instead of one card


  • There are eight different types of cards numbered one to eight
    • (1) Guard – there are 5 of these cards
    • (2) Priest – there are 2 of these cards
    • (3) Baron – there are 2 of these cards
    • (4) Handmaid – there are 2 of these cards
    • (5) Prince – there are 2 of these cards
    • (6) King – there is one of these cards
    • (7) Countess – there is one of these cards
    • (8) Princess – there is one of these cards
  • Presented below are all the types of cards and their specific powers

Pros of the Game

  • KShort game
  • Easy portability
  • Cheap to buy
  • Fun to play
  • Simple to teach
  • Bluffing involved in game
  • Fair amount of strategy and decision making
  • Anyone can win (Newcomer can beat experienced player)
  • Player elimination in each round is short
  • Excellent for gaming newcomers
  • Nice carrying case
  • Can play in restaurant while waiting for the meal
  • Well designed and excellent artwork on cards
  • Good filler game for game night

Cons of the Game

  • A degree of luck to win game
  • Low complexity of the game that could turn away experienced board-gamers
  • Cannot play with more than 4 players
  • If cards get marked or scratched, it may expose the identity of the card to the other players. Thus, it would be best to get card sleeves to protect the cards. (Card Sleeves can be purchased cheaply from Mayday games)
  • Player elimination occurs in each round (but the length of player elimination is of short duration)

The Happy Board Gamer Rating

  • 8 out of 10
  • Play it anywhere
  • It plays quickly and is super easy to learn
  • It will provide you and your family with hours of fun


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