Love Letter

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Short strategic card game where romance is the goal.

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Ease of Play

The game can be confusing at first, even with the tutorial, which might frustrate players, but it quickly becomes clear after you've played a few rounds. 


While the game is about romance, it's very mild. 


This is the digital version of the card game.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Love Letter is a card game app for iOS and Android devices. The goal of the game revolves around players trying to win the affections of a princess. The game is played over several rounds and incorporates strategic elements to outwit other suitors (both real world or AI, depending on your gameplay mode). While the game does focus on romance, it doesn't delve into any aspects that parents would find inappropriate. It's more about beating opponents than actually wooing a mate. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In LOVE LETTER, players vie for the heart of a princess in this card game, by picking the right cards to use against opponents, bluffing at the right times and, often, by the luck of the draw. You'll hold just two cards in your hand at a time, Each can be advantageous, but if played wrong or at the wrong time, it could cost you the game. A priest card, for instance, lets you look at your opponent's hand, while a handmaiden protects you against any sort of offensive move, and guards can help you discredit another's suitor's letter. The deck is made up of just 16 cards, so rounds go fast. 

Is it any good?

Romance is complicated in the best of scenarios, but when you throw an entire kingdom into the mix, it can be maddening. Love Letter is a strategic card game (in app form) that can be too clever for its own good sometimes. The premise is a good one -- each card can be useful to defeat your opponent and accomplish your goals, and a misstep or wrong card played at the wrong time can be fatal -- but the execution isn't seemless. The game's tutorial isn't as clear as it could be on the rules. It takes actually playing a few rounds before you really start to grasp the strategic elements. And, despite the name, there aren't any real romantic elements to the game, which is surprising. 

Love Letter does offer an array of gameplay modes, though, letting you compete against AI, a friend in the room or a stranger online. (There's no chat function, so kids won't be exposed to inappropriate content.) The game rounds are fairly quick, too, so you won't sink an hour into a game before realizing you've been doing it wrong. It's not a game with which you'll fall in love, but it's certainly one you won't regret spending time with. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about deductive reasoning. What clues are there to the cards your opponent holds? Can you use these skills outside of the game to solve problems in real life?

  • Would a love letter make you fall for someone -- or would you want to know them better as a person first?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: $3.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: October 27, 2018
  • Category: Card Games
  • Size: 69.00 MB
  • Publisher: Asmodee Digital
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Requires Android 4.4 and up
  • Last updated: May 20, 2020

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