By: Matthew Bednarick
Have you ever played Love Letter by AEG? Of course you fucking have. If you haven’t, go play it. It really is a fantastic game. However, as you can tell by the title, I am not reviewing Love Letter. Today, I’ll be reviewing Munchkin Loot Letter by AEG, which is the same exact goddamn game as Love Letter, just re-themed to fit the Munchkin universe created by Steve Jackson Games.
Munchkin Loot Letter is a 2-4 player game. The deck is shuffled, and one card is secretly removed, or “burned,” from the deck, to avoid card counting. Each player then draws one card. Then you choose a player to go first, which usually takes longer than one round of gameplay. There may be some special rule to see who goes first, but who gives a shit anymore. The first player then draws a card, and plays one of the cards in their hands. Various effects then happen, such as that player looking at another player’s card in their hand, comparing hands with another player to see who has the higher card, among many others. The play then continues around the table, until either one player is left, or whoever has the highest value card if multiple players are left. That constitutes one round of gameplay, and if you win a round, you get a piece of “loot” (little yellow cube). The first person to successfully win 4 rounds wins the game. And that is it.
Now, this is my conundrum. I love AEG’s Love Letter, among their other variations that initially existed (Kanai Factory Edition, Legend of the Five Rings, Wedding Edition). However, I don’t really care for Munchkin Loot Letter. Maybe it’s the size of the cards or how they feel. They are straight-up Munchkin cards. However, I think the main reason why it isn’t as popular with the people on our show is because the cards aren’t funny to me. Yeah, there’s a Duck of Doom and a Potted Plant, and I get that they wanted to stay true to the Munchkin theme, but I just think it’s dumb. The only card I like is the Dread Gazebo (I think it does the same thing as the King in Love Letter, but I don’t care enough to look it up to see), just because it’s really stupid. So, I guess what I’m saying is the game isn’t stupid enough for me to like. Take that as you will. For everyone else, if you love Munchkin and you love Love Letter, I guess there’s no reason not to get this game; it does come with a shitty Munchkin card that can be used in Munchkin. However, if you don’t have the original Love Letter, get that instead. It looks and feels much nicer, and it makes more sense, thematically.
Final Score: 5 / 10
Until Next Time, Adios Amoebas!