When the original Love Letter first released, it was a favourite amongst board gamers, especially those looking for a simple and easy way into the growing community. Touted as a microgame, it has since been reskinned many times over the years. The latest of these is Infinity Gauntlet: A Love Letter Game, which sees players facing off against the Mad Titan Thanos.
Could this be the best Love Letter game yet?
What does the game consist of?
Infinity Gauntlet: A Love Letter Game comes in a lovely little pouch just like the original – but this time it is adorned with the popular Marvel characters.
Inside the pouch are 36 cards – each with unique character artwork on them.
The game also comes with power tokens – little plastic tokens with a plus-two on them.
And that’s a full list of the contents. And while there are very few components, all of them are of outstanding quality.
How does it work?
As you can guess from the name, Infinity Gauntlet: A Love Letter Game, the game divides players into two groups. One player takes the role of Thanos and the rest the heroes.
The cards are then split into the Hero deck and Villain deck. The Hero deck is then shuffled, and each hero takes one card as their starting hand. Thanos, on the other hand, takes two cards.
Each player gets a chance to draw a card from the Hero deck and play one card from their hand. The card is then placed face up in the middle of the play area for all to see. The special action on the card is then resolved.
These actions could, for instance, be to take a power token or to view Thanos’ cards.
There is also a fight mechanic where the heroes and Thanos each choose a card and the one with the highest value is defeated.
Each time a card is discarded, the Heroes lose a life point. Lose all your life points and Thanos wins. If Thanos draws all the Infinity Stone cards from his deck, he also wins. The heroes win if Thanos’ life points are reduced to zero.
Help during battles comes in the form of power tokens. Players who have these tokens must use one during battle and this can swing the fight to their advantage.
Something to keep in mind is that the heroes can only share common knowledge. If one player, for instance, had a look at Thanos’ hand he may not share that information with the other heroes.
What did we think of Infinity Gauntlet: A Love Letter Game?
This is without a doubt my favourite version of Love Letter. It keeps the classic formula but changes it up enough so that the Marvel reskin makes sense.
Even with the extra cards, the game still plays quick, not as quick as the original, but a game takes around 10 – 15 minutes.
Infinity Gauntlet: A Love Letter Game also scales very nicely, working great with 2 to 6 players. It feels balanced with both Thanos and the heroes standing a good chance of winning.
Infinity Gauntlet: A Love Letter Game will no doubt become a travel companion for myself and the family.
For more information on Infinity Gauntlet: A Love Letter Game, visit solarpop.co.za. The game retails for around R300 locally.
Infinity Gauntlet: A Love Letter Game
Infinity Gauntlet: A Love Letter Game is the best iteration of the classic Love Letter formula yet.
- Quick to play and learn
- It's Marvel
- High quality components
- It's Addictive
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