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Love Letter Two Player Review

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You would think a game called Love Letter would be a nice friendly game, but often it turns into just the opposite.  Your friends are spying on you and betraying you at every opportunity they get.  All is fair in Love and War, so might not be the best game to play with your loved one.

Love Letter Card Game Review

6.5 out of 10
Love Letter Card Game Review

Is It Good For Two Players?: We’re not loving this one at two

Love Letter for two players might not be the best option out there, but for 5 minutes of fun here and there it might still be worth consideration. For a compact and portable filler game it’s pretty good, but expect the level of fun you have to decrease the longer you continue to play it with only two players.

Theme: 5/10
Replayability: 5/10
Components: 7/10
Conflict: 5/10
Fun: 5/10

Husband’s Rating
6 out of 10
Wife’s Rating
7 out of 10

Pros

High Quality Components

Simple and Easy to Play

Highly Giftable

Extremely Portable

Cons

Takes time to Learn Cards

Almost too quick

Gameplay Experience:

Love Letter is such an intriguing looking game when you stumble upon it.  This is especially true for the current second edition which is the one we will be referencing in this review.  A nice luxurious tiny scarlet velvet bag is all you see in action-figure style packaging.  

That’s it, one tiny little luxurious bag. Love Letter is the board game equivalent of Crown Royal, but the velvety bag and having something to do with royal(ty) is where their similarities end.  

Love Letter Bag
Love Letter Bag

We were intrigued and it didn’t take us long to uncinch the bag and dump its contents onto the table.  A few cards and some nice maroon tokens were all there were, but this simple-looking game still had us itching to play a few rounds.  

We learned the various cards and their roles and were off to try and best each other and successfully deliver our letters to the princes. The first few rounds of Love Letter are a little clumsy as we both try to figure out cards without giving information away, but soon we get the hang of it.

Man does this game play fast with two players.  Some rounds are over in a matter of seconds, with most not lasting more than a few minutes.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but during some rounds, it felt as if we weren’t even playing a game.

Even though we felt options were limited and strategy choices were almost non-existent, we definitely still had fun trying to survive long enough to win and successfully deliver our love letters to the princess.   

Love Letter Rules Summary:

In Love Letter players each start with one card, the remainder of the cards are set as a draw pile and one card is face down next to the draw pile.  The goal is either to not get eliminated or to have the higher card at the end of the round.  The deck of cards used in Love Letter includes cards from 0-9, with each value of the card having its own ability.  

Love Letter Components

On their turn each player draws a new card, now giving them two card options to play.  Whichever card is played the ability of the played card if it has one is used immediately.  Play continues until only one player is left or the deck runs out.  Players receive one favor token if they win a round, and the game continues until one player gets a certain number of tokens according to player count.

Love Letter Game Rules

Playing Love Letter with two players is essentially the same as with more people except instead of one card set face down to the side, three cards are set face up next to the draw pile.  This gives players a little bit more information but makes the games go even faster than they already would.

Love Letter includes a couple of reference cards that show all the cards in the game but you can also find a list of all the cards and abilities in Love Letter below.

CardHow Many in DeckCard Ability
Spy (0)2No effect when played initially, but if you are the only player who has played a spy by the end of the round you receive a favor token.
Guard (1)5You may guess another player’s card other than a guard, and if correct that player is eliminated.
Priest (2)2Allows you to see another player’s card.
Baron (3)2Compare your newly drawn card with another player, if your card is higher the other player is eliminated, if not you are eliminated.
Handmaid (4)2Protects you from other cards until your next turn.
Prince (5)2Choose another player or yourself to discard a card and draw a new card.
Chancellor (6)2Draw two cards from the deck and keep one of the 3 cards now in your hand.
King (7)1Choose another player to trade hands with.
Countess (8)1No effect when played, but must be played if you have the Prince or King.
Princess (7)1If you discard the Princess you are eliminated.

Conclusion:

Love Letter is a pretty neat and simple little card game.  It doesn’t take long to learn how to play and even for non-gamers the concept is pretty easy to grasp.  It does take a few rounds or even a few nights of playing before it becomes really enjoyable though because it takes time for players to remember and memorize the roles.  This is a pretty common characteristic with many deduction or role-style games.

Once players know what they are doing though Love Letter is a great filler game.  You won’t be making any crazy strategic decisions but there still is enough meat to the game for most players, especially if you’re playing with more casual players.

The gameplay aside there are a lot of other unique positives about Love Letter. Its compact size makes it a great travel game and it can almost be played anywhere because it doesn’t take up a lot of space.  

The game is also just calling out to be gifted because of its luxurious velvety bag, affordable price, and low complexity.  A game’s gift ability normally isn’t something we consider in our reviews but Love Letter might possibly be one of the best games to gift to your non gamer or gamer friends so we felt we just had to mention it.

Overall Love Letter isn’t crazy remarkable in any single category but when you look at it as a whole it is a perfect, quick, and compact filler game that would fill a spot in many people’s game collections.

Is Love Letter Good For Two Players?:

For a game called Love Letter, you might assume it would be quite good for two players, but this is probably where our Love Letter to the game will end.  All the positive things we said about the game are not nearly as positive when playing with only two players.  

Like we said earlier the rounds are insanely fast.  If your opponent gets a Baron right away the round could be over before you even get a turn, so occasionally we literally are talking seconds for a round.  

This isn’t always a bad thing but if you play more than just a few rounds of Love Letter, the sensation you aren’t really playing a game starts to grow and the enjoyment you get definitely starts to decline.  

Having only one player to use abilities on also makes the game feel less like a game over time as you have very few choices to pick from.  This is even more apparent when your opponent plays the Handmaid, which basically skips your turn because you have no options.

In other words, Love Letter is an okay game for two players for maybe 5 minutes total. Any longer and its weakness will start to become more and more frustrating and you likely won’t feel the satisfaction of playing a game anymore.  

That was a very negative statement about the game, and we don’t want to give the wrong impression so to restate, the game is quite fun for the first little bit you play, but the game definitely gets less and less fun with each round after that.  

So if you are considering Love Letter for only two players, you might consider looking elsewhere, but, if you just need something for 5 minutes of fun here and there and something to play with more players when you have the chance it still might be worth the consideration.

Pros

  • High-Quality Components
  • Simple and Easy to Play
  • Highly Giftable
  • Extremely Portable

Cons

  • Takes time to Learn Cards

Love Letter Card Game | Classic Renaissance Strategy Deduction and Elimination Game for Adults and Kids | Ages 10+ | 2-6 Players | Average Playtime 20 Minutes | Made by Z-Man Games
Love Letter Card Game | Classic Renaissance Strategy Deduction and Elimination Game for Adults and Kids | Ages 10+ | 2-6 Players | Average Playtime 20 Minutes | Made by Z-Man Games
Love Letter Card Game | Classic Renaissance Strategy Deduction and Elimination Game for Adults and Kids | Ages 10+ | 2-6 Players | Average Playtime 20 Minutes | Made by Z-Man Games

We hope this Love Letter two player review has helped you.

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Love Letter Editions

Love letter is nearing the age where it will soon become a classic, so it’s not surprising that there have been many different editions and versions of the game released over the years.  Most editions kept the gameplay the same and mostly changed the theme while others made minor changes to the rules.  

The edition most widely available and the one you will likely be able to find on the shelves is the new second edition of the original which is the one we have used for this review.  Even this edition made some small changes to the gameplay by adding a few more cards and allowing the game to be played with up to six players.

Below is a list of some of the different versions released over the years.

Love Letter Batman

This edition of Love Letter was released in 2015 and had some slight differences but mostly was a retheme.  This edition is very hard to find nowadays with some selling on eBay for almost $100.  My wife and I are huge Batman fans, so if it wasn’t for the crazy prices we would definitely add this to our collection.  

Love Letter Wedding Edition

We already said that this game is highly giftable and the publishers/creators must have realized that because they created a wedding edition of the game around 2014.  This version had to be directly ordered from the game’s official site.  It is no longer available to order.  

Lovecraft Letter

One of the more recent versions is called Lovecraft Letter and is a H.P. Lovecraft retheme of Love Letter.  This game changes the gameplay quite a bit by including new cards that add insanity powers to the gameplay.

Infinity Gauntlet: A Love Letter Card Game | Fun Marvel Themed Strategy Game of Risk and Deduction for Adults and Kids | Ages 10+ | 2-6 Players | Average Playtime 15 Minutes | Made by Z-Man Games
Infinity Gauntlet: A Love Letter Card Game | Fun Marvel Themed Strategy Game of Risk and Deduction for Adults and Kids | Ages 10+ | 2-6 Players | Average Playtime 15 Minutes | Made by Z-Man Games
Infinity Gauntlet: A Love Letter Card Game | Fun Marvel Themed Strategy Game of Risk and Deduction for Adults and Kids | Ages 10+ | 2-6 Players | Average Playtime 15 Minutes | Made by Z-Man Games

Infinity Gauntlet

Keeps many of the same characteristics of the original Love Letter card game but lets one player act as Thanos creating a one vs all twist. The player interaction is higher and the need for teamwork is an interesting addition to the game.

Z-Man Games Jabba's Palace A Love Letter Game | Star Wars Strategy Card Game | A Fun Game of Risk and Deduction for Adults and Kids | Ages 10+ | 2-6 Players | Average Playtime 20 Minutes | Made
Z-Man Games Jabba's Palace A Love Letter Game | Star Wars Strategy Card Game | A Fun Game of Risk and Deduction for Adults and Kids | Ages 10+ | 2-6 Players | Average Playtime 20 Minutes | Made
Z-Man Games Jabba's Palace A Love Letter Game | Star Wars Strategy Card Game | A Fun Game of Risk and Deduction for Adults and Kids | Ages 10+ | 2-6 Players | Average Playtime 20 Minutes | Made

Star Wars: Jabba's Palace

Plays pretty similar to the original but adds to different alliances that increase player interaction and change things up a little. There are also a few more additional win conditions in this version of the game.

A full list of all versions and variations of Love Letter can be found below:

  • Kanai Factory Edition (2012)
  • AEG (Tempest) Edition (2012)
  • Arclight Edition (2014)
  • Z-Man (Asmodee) Edition (2019)
  • Munchkin Loot Letter (2014)
  • Legend of the Five Rings (2014)
  • Letters to Santa (2014)
  • Wedding Edition (2014)
  • Harap Alb Continu (2016)
  • Thai Edition (2017)
  • Pummeleinhorn: The Super Cookie (2018)
  • Sender (2020)
  • Princess Wonder (2013)
  • Ken Niimura Edition (2014)
  • Star Wars (2015)
  • The Hobbit (2015)
  • Batman (2015)
  • Adventure Time (2015)
  • Land of the Lustrous (2015)
  • Game Center CX (2019)
  • Princess Princess Ever After (2021)
  • Big Love Letter (2014)
  • Archer: Once You Go Blackmail (2016)
  • Osomatsusan (2016)
  • Premium (2016)
  • Second Edition (2022)
  • Love Letter from YZQ (2018)
  • Magic Examination for Witch Hat (2019)
  • Touhou Bomb Letter (2020)
  • Danganronpa (2020)
  • Infinity Gauntlet (2020)
  • Star Wars: Jabba’s Palace (2022)
  • Xeno (2019)
  • Lost Legacy (2013)
  • Double Nine (2017)
  • Love Letter to Lady Luck (2013)
  • Love Letter Batman
  • Lovecraft Letter
  • Love Letter Wedding Edition

That’s definitely a lot of different versions, but you’d be very lucky to be able to get your hands on the majority of them.  Now some of these are so different that they might not be considered a version of Love Letter, but we still included them here for reference. For the ones that are readily available, we have included links to their product pages.  This giant list has us wondering which game has the record for the most versions, Love Letter might be a contender. 

Love Letter Cards Pdf

Love Letter is available as a print-and-play file directly from AsmoConnect.  So if you’re not sure about buying the game you can always try it out first if you wish.  You will have to create an account to download the cards and rules pdf file though.  Just follow this link to get a printable pdf version of Love Letter: Print & Play – Love Letter (asmodee.fun)


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