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Last Letter is a game by Joe Herbert and Dave Herbert, published by ThinkFun. It is for 2 or more players. In this game, players will race to play cards from their hands as they try to be the first one to get rid of all their cards. First person to do that will be the winner.
To start, the cards are shuffled and each player is dealt 5 cards. After that, the first card from the deck is played face up. The dealer now chooses a word to describe the card. For example, the picture might show a picture of a knight outside a castle. The dealer thens chooses a word like castle. Now players will rush to play the cards from their hand by then trying to find something about one of the cards that starts with the letter E, which is the last letter of the current card. Perhaps one of the players plays a card with an egg on it and says, “egg”. The next card that has to be played must now begin with a G. This continues until a player is able to play all 5 cards in their hand. The first person able to empty their hand of cards will be declared the winner.
61 large beautifully illustrated cards inside a travel friendly box are the only components to this game. As I just said, the cards are absolutely gorgeous. There are lots of different styles to the illustrations. It’s obvious that the images didn’t come from just one artist. I have to say, they are amazing to look at. The only down side is the size of the cards. These things are HUGE! They are very difficult to shuffle even in my large hands. I’m guessing that the large size is to be able to see smaller images a little better and give more options for choosing words to play. I just wish they’d been smaller. Not the size of a regular sized playing card, but small enough to be able to shuffle properly. Still, I’m impressed enough with the art that I don’t much mind the size problems.
9 out of 10
There’s really not that much need for a rule book. However a small little one is included. It gives the basic descriptions on how to play and includes a few options on game variations. It’s easy to understand and easy to read. It does the job even though one of the cards could have had all the rules written on them instead, like Think Again did.
8 out of 10
The game is really fast to play. I think we played 3 times in a row and still were done in like 10-15 minutes tops. Younger children might have a difficult time coming up with the letters but with a little adult help, they can play just as well. It’s definitely not a brain burner like some games are, but you will enjoy the light hearted play that this classic game gives.
8 out of 10
Last Letter is a very light take on the classic word game. It’s really fast and will spark creative imagination. I think the game plays best with 4 or more people. Teens won’t find a lot of fun with it, but adults and kids between 8-10 should really enjoy it. It reminds me a lot of my youth, as we used to play last letter before it was this particular card game. This would have been fun back then. It’s nice to play an updated version with my kids. If you like word games, you’ll like Last Letter. Give it a try.
8 out of 10
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