Love Letter in one of it's many forms.Name: Love Letter
Publishing Year: 2012
Designer: Seiji Kanai
Play Time: 15 minutes
Recommended Age: 7+
Cost - ~$7.49 (varies depending on the edition)
Verdict: Must have in collection for two important roles, an excellent small filler game and a great hook for non-hobby gamers into the hobby.
Love Letter is a very simple card game. To win, you must either be the last person standing or possess the highest valued card in your hand when the round ends. Games are usually played first to 4 wins.
Every player starts off with 1 card in their hand and on their turn, they draw a card and play a card. Very simple. Each card will have some effect, ranging from checking the card in a single opponent's hand to forcing an opponent to discard the card they currently have. A lot of these effects also lets you remove an opponent from a round, provided you can guess the card in their hand in some form.
There's not much to say here, it's literally a deck of 14 cards and a few red cubes to keep track of who won how many rounds. For the ~$7 MSRP, it's going to be worth it for the amount of game you're going to get out of this. Cards are a little thin, so if you're a OCD gamer like me, sleeve them. They will wear out really fast.
Love Letter plays fast and has been a hit with a lot of young children as well as adults. It lends itself well to a lot groups and even if you don't like it a lot, it's over extremely quickly. I certainly wouldn't be able to play a whole night of this, but I've seen people in my group play it for 2-3 hours straight.
This game definitely belongs into any gamer's collection. It's cheap, it's light, it's fast, it's fun.