Publisher: Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG)
Year Made: 2012
Platforms: Tabletop - Card Game
Content Areas: English, Social Studies
Suggested Age Level: Middle School, High School
Play Length: 15 minutes
Number of Players: 2-4
Difficulty Rating: Easy
Just as people fall in love with book or movie series, game series can be just as engaging and beloved. One such game is Love Letter, the fourth game in the Tempest world created by Senji Kanai. In Love Letter, players are suitors to the beautiful Princess Annette. All of the suitors write love letters to the princess but only one will reach her while the others are sabotaged and knocked out of the running. Even though it is part of a series, players who have never before entered the world of Tempest can jump in and enjoy trying to win Princess Annette's heart.
Much like the earlier reviewed Coup, one of Love Letter’s drawbacks is that if a player is knocked out of the running early, it takes some time before he or she can join back in. That could also mean plenty of time to plot revenge and restrategize though. There are a number of characters, so new players will need others to be patient while they learn the game. Love Letter does come with several “cheat sheet” cards that help players keep track not only of each character’s role, but also of how many there are of each character, so it is easier for players to make their best guess about which character a player has.
Given that Love Letter is part of a series, students who play the game could be tasked with writing the next installment of Princess Annette and Tempest’s story. In an English language arts class, they could also write the letter that they think their character (or a failed suitor or Annette herself) would have written. It could also be used as a hook in a social studies class into talking about famous royal couples throughout history. It could also just be used as a way to get students thinking and warmed up for a big day in school.
Love Letter is a simple game that moves quickly and gives everyone a chance at feeling some success and could be the start to a love of a new series for students and teachers alike.
Educational Rating: 6/8
(Classroom Tech Friendly, Motivation, Concrete Learning, Additional Skills, Feedback, Difficulty, Accessibility, Extension)
Overall Rating: 7/8
(Immersion, Environment, Storyline, Replayability, Entertainment, Gameplay, Originality, User Control)