Do you enjoy spending the evening at home with your spouse and are tired of watching countless hours of television and movies, then I suggest you try out a board game for 2 players. My husband and I are huge board game fanatics, so much so that we drove all the way to Columbus, Ohio to attend Origins Board Game convention last year. We also enjoy board games so much that we used it as the theme for our wedding as each table was named after a board game and had a picture of us playing it. Board games for 2 players are difficult to find so I have created a gift guide of the best 10 games to play as a couple.

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Best 2 player board games

 

Our basement shelves are stuffed with board games to the point that we could open our own board game cafe. I love playing board games for a couple reasons: its a cheap date night as it requires no babysitter if you have kids, a board game costs $40-60 most times and can be played multiple times and enjoyed for hours where as a going to a movie costs about $30 for 2 hours of entertainment, I love being competitive and trying to beat my husband who always wins, and really just enjoy spending time together playing a game. We love playing board games and have for years, but started to find it challenging that most games needed 3-4 players and you don’t always have others to play with so this is why we began looking for the best board games to play as 2 players. Now all of the games on the list, I personally own or have tried playing as a couple, and strongly recommend them even for beginner gamers. 

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Best Board Games for 2 Players

If you don’t find a game you love on this list there are lots more Board Games for 2 players on Amazon, take a look!

1. Ticket to Ride London:

What is it?

Ticket to Ride: LondonTravel the historic streets of London on a double decker bus while you race to complete the most important bus lines and complete your Destination Tickets, connecting Districts of London. Created for beginners and experienced players to enjoy! Breeze past Buckingham Palace or stop in to visit Big Ben.

Why do we love it?

We love that this game is fun, simple to teach new players and super fast to play as you only need about 20 minutes. It is a great compact size so you can easily travel with it. 

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2. Code Names Duet:

What is it?

Code Names Duet – Take turns giving one word clues to help your partner identify your agents from the cards on the table, working together to find all the agents. Each player sees a grid which identifies 9 agents, 3 assassins (different place on each side of the card) and neutrals – the goal of the game is to reveal all 15 agents without revealing the assassin or running out of time by revealing too many neutrals.

Why do we love it?

I love that in this game were not competing against each other but instead working together which is a rare occurrence in the games we own.

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3. 7 Wonders Duel

What is it?

7 Wonders: Duel – Take control of your civilization and make decisions to develop your science and army, build buildings, and lead your civilization to victory. Build your civilization but also defend your capital city or your opponent may destroy your progress.  The game is set in the world of the 7 wonders, and is a constant tug or war battle. Win with military supremacy, scientific supremacy or civilian victory.

Why do we love it?

We love that in 7 Wonders Duo you can win in more than one way, therefore you must be more strategic and plan out your game play.

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4. Castle of Burgundy

What is it?

Ravensburger The Castles of Burgundy – Family Game– This strategic building and trading game is about building the prosperity of your estate in Burgundy. The two dice control the game and allow you to take actions such as trading, farming, city building, or scientific research – each path leading the game in a different direction. The winner is the person who gains the most points however no two estate boards are the same so you create a plan on how you are going win.

Why do we love it?

We love the changing player boards, so no two games are the same as there are 9 different boards. The game also has many ways to win, so you can try out different strategies.

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5. Agricola

What is it?

Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small The Big Box by Lookout Games – You are a farmer in charge of building stables and fencing pastures to keep horses, cows, pigs, and sheep. Expand your farm by building troughs and buildings to give yourself more room to hold animals. Goal is to have the most animals – who will be the most successful farmer.

Why do we love it?

We love any game that involves building as its our favourite type of game.  I love that this game is very simple and quick to play as it only takes about 30 minutes.

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6. Trambahn

What is it?

Trambahn –  Resembling street cars from Munich, the tramways needs expansion and only one player can receive the contract – compete to build the best tramway. You can use your cars in three different ways: money to pay for routes, building new routes, or as passengers on the tram. You need to bring passengers to your tram line to gain victory points and win.

Why do we love it?

We like that this game is simple and easy to learn, and is very portable as we even took it camping. 

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7. Patchwork

What is it?

Mayfair Games Patchwork Board Game – The goal of the game is to create the best quilt, by attaching patches together however they don’t all fit together so you must use your fabric pieces carefully and keep a healthy supply of buttons to help finish your quilt.

Why do we love it?

We like that every game is different and that there is no luck involved as the game revolves around the strategy and game play of the player and their opponent.

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2 player board games

8. Grand Austria

What is it?

Mayfair Games Grand Austria Hotel – The game takes place in Vienna, and you are the owner of the hotel. You must expand your hotel, build rooms, and serve guests their proper food and drinks. Hire employees and expand the hotel to create the Grandest hotel in all of Austria.

Why do we love it?

We love that it is challenging and that you need to plan out your turns and not just focus on one aspect of the game in order to succeed.

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What is it?

Santorini – Strategy-Based Board Game – Play against your opponent or team up and play two on two and compete to get to the top of the stack of blocks first. Use builder pieces to move one space in any direction and build your towers. If you find yourself stuck, use a God card to break the rules and get out of a tight spot.

Why do we love it?

We love this game as it is easy to learn, fast to play and intellectually challenging.

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9. Rivals of Catan

What is it?

Rivals for Catan: DeluxeTM – Just like original Catan, your goal is to build roads, cities and settlements and control the fate of your settlers. You can construct special buildings, hire heros, and build ships to boost trade to make your opponents game more difficult.

Why do we love it?

We love the original version of Catan, so having a different version that uses cards instead is entertaining. We enjoy that the game can be expanded so there is a lot of ways to ensure each game is different. There are many cards with different abilities so the same strategy is not guaranteed to win twice in a row. We also enjoy that you can change the amount of time the game takes depending on if you play the basic game, theme game or a duel.

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10. Pandemic

What is it?

Pandemic Board Game– A virus has spread across the world and you and your partner are in charge of stopping it.

Why do we love it?

We love Pandemic because instead of playing against your opponent you are a team and together trying to complete a goal of eradicating the virus. This is a cooperative game instead of competitive.

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Celebrate the competitiveness of your spouse by playing board games together, build your love relationship by spending time playing games together and remember an investment in these games is an investment in time together!

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