It is easy to get caught up in the glow of video gaming, but it is always refreshing when you spend time playing a board game with a friend.
If you are a person who thrives on multiplayer cooperation, competition, and more, board games can be a great pastime to pick up. I’ll help you out by listing the best 2 player board games – from easy and casual to difficult and hardcore.
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- Customer Review: “Great co-operative game for just the right level of brain challenge!” (Rating: 5/5)
This is a board game staple these days. Pandemic has you and your friends pitted against a deadly disease threatening the human race. If you are geared towards more cooperative games like Left 4 Dead and Payday, this is the board game for you.
You band together with your friends and try to stop the spread of a tenacious disease. It can get frantic, as the disease can evolve and spread insanely quick. It could take up to an hour or so to play, but that hour will fly by as you try to save the world.
Expansions for the game have been released, including one where the world fell to a virus, and now you have to survive the wasteland.
- Customer Rating: “Whether played solo or with a group, you will not be disappointed.” (Rating: 5/5)
This one is a real treat and will cater to RPG fans. You take on the role of a lone adventurer, a drifter who inhabits this ever-changing world with companions.
Some things you will partake in are clearing dungeons, fighting enemies and more. No playthrough is the same, so you can replay this game over and over, even solo. It takes about one to two hours to play, so it’s a moderate investment of time.
This is the perfect game for a group of friends, or just two, to sit down and enjoy. It was the 2018 SXSW Tabletop Game of the Year Winner, no small feat! Many board game players have this consistently at the top of their lists.
7 Wonders: Duel
- Customer Review: “A tad inconsistent but great theme and worth playing” (Rating: 4/5)
Fans of games like Civilization will be drawn to this historical battle game.
Your goal is to duel against your opponent through eclipsing their civilization. This can be done in several ways. You need to build wonders throughout your game session, which should last around a half hour or so. Victory conditions can be met through science, culture, and military to name a few.
I love any game that emulates the addictive gameplay of Sid Meier’s Civilization, and 7 Wonders: Duel is one of those games.
Ticket to Ride
- Customer Review: “As a whole this is a great game. It is very simple for new players …” (Rating: 4/5)
No, it isn’t the Beatles song.
Ticket to Ride is a competitive game in which your goal is to build railroad tracks across the country. You need to score points by building through cities and other areas. It will take about a half-hour, so it is an easy game to pick up and play again and again.
It’s really fun to see who can build the longest track, or at least the one who scores enough points. I’ve had some heated games were tempers flared and competitive spirits soared, all over trains!
My stepmother became so addicted to this game, that she had to physically stop herself from playing!
- Customer Review: “Excellent combination of Codenames gameplay and co-op mechanics” (Rating: 5/5)
Codenames Duet is tailored for two players working using word association. It’s based on the original board game, Codenames, which has become very popular.
You and another player need to give each other clues in the form of one word to advance the game forward until you can guess the names of targets or their ‘code names’ with as few guesses as possible.
This is a great game for bonding with another, as you’ll be working with them and their thought processes.
- Customer Review: “Strategy packed civilization game but maybe too complex for casual game players” (Rating: 4/5)
This game, right off the bat, is a very serious and stark portrayal of war-torn Europe following World War I.
Players portray different Eastern European teams that have their traits, motives, and resources. Each nation has to build up its arsenal and make their way in a grim landscape.
This game will have you scheming and building, often at the same time. It takes around an hour and a half to two hours and is extremely detailed. You can even build a huge mech!
- Customer Review: “Clue meets 7 Wonders: And It’s Amazing!” (Rating: 5/5)
This is a card game that mixes and matches players’ wits with a murder mystery. The artwork is great, and contrary to what you might think, it only requires 2 players to get a game up and running.
Your goal is to hire a crew for a heist, thieving your way across Europe. The art style is unique and beautiful, leading to a feeling of whimsical mischief. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and is a lot of fun.
Twilight Struggle: The Cold War, 1945-1989
BE WARNED: this isn’t a casual game! It can take 3+ hours to complete.
That being said, this is a game for strategy and history fans. It isn’t light and airy like most party games. It simulates the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.
Considered a hardcore classic, Twilight Struggle has the two players facing off by way of competing spheres of influence through actual historical events. You’ll plan coups, covert military actions, and advance the Space Race.
This is a great choice for those board gamers looking for a heavy strategy game or investment of time.
The Fox in the Forest
- Customer Review: “Halfway between a game of traditional Playing Cards and something like Love Letter..” (Rating: 5/5)
This artistically brilliant trick-taking game has you dealing with foxes and other fairytale creatures in a fantastical setting. You need to win more tricks than your opponent to defeat them.
In the 30-minute playing time, one player starts by putting a card from their hand, followed by the second player then playing one of theirs. Whoever has the highest card wins the ‘trick’. Pretty simple, right? However, if you win 10+ tricks, you become ‘Greedy’, bringing you back to 0.
The aim is to get a cool 7-9 tricks under your belt to be victorious. The subtle strategy and beautiful art make this an easy recommendation.
- Customer Review: “Fun game for everyone with good amount of replayability.” (Rating: 4/5)
Tiny Towns is a sweet little resource management game, (who doesn’t love those?), where 2-6 players get together and build their towns.
The story is that you, (woodland creatures), are building a town away from predators in the woods. Resources are very rare, so you have to play things smart.
The playtime is 45-60 minutes usually and will have you scoring victory points by actions like building buildings. The game ends when no one has any more pieces to use.
- Customer Review: “Such a fun date night game for you and the cook in your life!” (Rating: 5/5)
This is a game all about mushrooms. Yep, you read that right.
Foraging for morels is your goal in this quaint little card game where you are tasked with finding mushrooms, cooking them, and more to get the best of your opponent. Who thought that competitively gathering mushrooms could be this fun?
For 30 minutes, you and an opponent will use strategy to get the most points for the most strategic plays. Just watch out for the poison mushrooms lurking in the deck!
The Game of Life
- Customer Review: “Easy for kids but not what I remember” (Rating: 2/5)
I am obligated to include this classic board game on this list.
The Game of Life has you and others, (anywhere from 2-6 players), start out graduating from college, (or not), and starting your ‘life’ in the game. This includes buying insurance for your house, having kids, and choosing an occupation.
It is a great mash-up of simple and strategic gameplay aspects, allowing casual players and competitive players to join in on the fun. If you haven’t played ‘Life’, you owe it to yourself to give it a go.
- Customer Review: “Confusing” (Rating: 1/5)
I love a good story setup for a game, and Terraforming Mars has exactly that. It takes place almost 400 years in the future, and man has started to terraform Mars to make it more habitable.
Playing as different large corporations, players acquire cards that allow them to build cities, industries, and more if there are adequate oxygen and water. This is a good blend of city-building as well as resource management that I love to see in PC games, so I’m delighted it transferred so well to board games.
Players increase their terraforming rating, and by the end of the game, the player with the highest rating wins.
Arkham Horror: The Card Game
- Customer Review: “For RPGers who want a board game. Less so for boardgamers moving towards RPG” (Rating: 3/5)
Fans of H.P. Lovecraft and ghoulish ghosts will feel right at home with this terrifying card game.
In Arkham, players take on the role of the residents of Arkham, a town situated in New England. Each character has pros and cons, adding an interesting role-playing aspect to the game.
This game will be a true test in endurance, as you and others will come up against some seriously scary encounters. You and another player go through the deck and use your skills to overcome the terrors that await you.
Each game lasts about an hour or two, so this will be a good little time investment. For fans of horror, this is your game.
Kingdom Death: Monster
Another entry for those of us who have a masochistic streak in their souls.
Kingdom Death, along with being one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns for a board game, is a punishingly difficult and time-intensive game. Playing time can easily rack up to 60 hours and combines multiple genres like role-playing and survival horror.
This is no ‘pick up and play’ like some of the games on the list, but if you’re a hardcore board gamer and have some cash to spare, this might be what you’re looking for.
The game works in three phases: Settlement, Hunt, and Showdown. The settlement phase has the players using resources to build their settlements and prepare themselves for battle with new tech. The hunting phase is where the story aspects kick in and you’re treated to event cards. Finally comes the showdown where the players will fight the monster.
If you’re lucky enough to win, you’ll reap some serious benefits and be able to invest in your town to take down the next baddie.
- Customer Review: “A great game for beginners which experienced players can enjoy” (Rating: 4/5)
One of my personal favorites, Carcassonne is a tile-based game where you need to connect rivers, paths, and buildings. The player has control of ‘meeples’, or game pieces and must decide what best place to set them is. If placed strategically, a player can score major points. It scratches the itch of city building, organization, and more.
The game moves lightning-fast and lasts about 30 minutes. This is a great game for 2 players or more; a perfect choice for any small gathering of friends or family.
- Customer Review: “One of My All Time Favorite Games + Most Accessible Expansion for a Good Price” (Rating 5/5)
Dominion is a card game where you find yourself as a monarch facing off against other monarchs for control of the land. Players achieve their victory points through building the most ideal deck by acquiring different cards to their initial hand at the beginning of the game.
All the mainstays of resource management are here: building castles, hiring goons, and getting money. I love the look and feel of this game; it draws heavily from medieval history.
Games are pretty quick, with games typically lasting about a half-hour.
- Customer Review: “One of the greatest board games of all time!” (Rating: 5/5)
Agricola is a game originally released in the Netherlands and portrays the life of a simple farmer. However, you’ll soon see that farm life is anything but simple.
It’s a turn-based game where players engage with action cards that are activated. Players have the option of engaging with Occupation or Minor Improvement cards. This builds and builds and eventually culminates in the Harvest at the end.
How bountiful will yours be?
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
- Customer Review: “Great game overall, however this core set is a bit lacking” (Rating: 4/5)
Fellow fans of The Lord of the Rings rejoice! This card game is a great coop option for those more non-competitive gamers. You join up with a friend and venture into the rich world of Middle-Earth.
Players will, along with a deck of allied characters, fight monsters and deal with different scenarios where they’ll be forced to strategically play their hands to mitigate losses and complete quests. You’ll have to be careful, so you and your team aren’t spread ‘…thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread’, as Bilbo Baggins once said.
The Oregon Trail
- Customer Review: “Grade school computer class memories relived with entertaining and accurate game” (Rating: 5/5)
Fans of the classic computer game will recall these iconic images now in card form. Players can join up together in a wagon party to traverse the unforgiving American Midwest, hopefully reaching Oregon and winning.
This game is tough and unforgiving. You and your wagon train will experience snake bites, broken arms, dirty water, starvation, and of course, dysentery. Players are given resource cards like extra clothing and oxen as well as drawing event cards, slowly but surely making their way west.
Things can go bad quickly, and you need to work together to even have a chance at surviving. In the 45-minute-long games, you’ll find yourself on the edge of your seat, expecting the worst and hoping for the best.
There’s no feeling like being able to rest at a fort, mosey on into town, and reaching the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Safe travels!
Which game is played by only two players? ›
Chess. Draughts. Go. Some wargames, such as Hammer of the Scots.What is the most played board game? ›
What is the most played board game in the world? Monopoly has been played by more than 500 million people worldwide.What is the hardest two player game? ›
- Math Game.
- 42 Squares.
- Speedy Ball.
- Trackmania Blitz.
- Heart Star.
- Sky Jump.
- Keyboard Party.
30 Seconds is a charades-like fast-paced general knowledge board game, created by Calie Esterhuyse and first published in South Africa in 1998. The game is played with two or more teams of at least two players.What was the first 2 player game? ›
Some of the earliest video games were two-player games, including early sports games (such as 1958's Tennis For Two and 1972's Pong), early shooter games such as Spacewar! (1962) and early racing video games such as Astro Race (1973).Why are there no 2 player games anymore? ›
Because the games are designed to give you, the one and only player, the best experience. From the progression through the story, to your impact on the world, to the game play, everything is built around your experience. With a multi-player game, everything has to be balanced around everyone.Is it 2 players to play 2? ›
It Takes Two is an action-adventure platform game developed by Hazelight Studios and released by Electronic Arts in 2021 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. This game does not have a single-player option. It requires 2 players to play a married couple, Cody and May.What is a fun game to play with friends? ›
#1 – Charades
Charades remain one of the best games to play with friends because it is challenging, fun and guaranteed to generate some laughs. To play charades, split the group into several teams of between 2 to 4 players per team. One player from one of the teams is chosen to start.
- Host a private wine tasting with various cheeses. ...
- Have a board game night. ...
- Have a cooking competition. ...
- Create a home workout routine. ...
- Build a fort in your living room. ...
- Have a video game marathon. ...
- Create a memory book/photo album.
- Cosmic Encounter.
- Gloomhaven | Jaws of the Lion.
- Pandemic Legacy Season 1 Red Version | Blue Version.
- Twilight Struggle.
- The Castles of Burgundy.
- Lord of Waterdeep.
- Ticket to Ride.
What are the 10 most popular board games? ›
Family Board Games
- Uno. All you need to play this fun family game is the Uno card deck. ...
- Cranium. ...
- Dominoes. ...
- Chutes and Ladders. ...
- Carcassonne. ...
- Traffic Jam. ...
- Trouble. ...
- Ticket to Ride.
Making Monopoly: A History of the Origins of America's Favorite Board Game — Google Arts & Culture.What is the number 1 hardest game in the world? ›
- Ninja Gaiden. ...
- Super Meat Boy. ...
- I Wanna Be The Guy. ...
- Cuphead. ...
- Elden Ring & any other Soulsborne game. ...
- Devil May Cry 3. ...
- Ghosts 'n Goblins. ...
- Contra. Konami Be prepared to die, die, and die again.
- Poker. Poker is a card game that is actually simple to play. ...
- Chess. Here's one of the most popular games around the world. ...
- Blackjack. Just like Poker, Blackjack is another very popular card game. ...
- Dota. ...
- StarCraft. ...
- Counter-Strike. ...
- Gin Rummy. ...
- Call of Duty.
Chess. One of the most famously difficult games in the world to master is chess. There's much debate about how old chess is and where it came from, but one thing's for sure: The objective is to checkmate the opposition king, while keeping your own monarch safe.Can 2 people play Zero Hour? ›
The CO-OP mode allows the players to achieve the experience of SWAT units. This game mode allows you to play bigger operations that you can either tackle solo or with a team of up to 5.Can you play 1 hour with friends? ›
You can spawn into the game as twins/triplets/quadruplets, so you can play with your friends every time. As Twisted said you can play with up to three other people at a time.Is 12 minutes a 2 player game? ›
But as a group experience, it's a lot of fun; even though it's technically a single-player game, I found myself sharing ideas and theories with my partner, and it was helpful having an extra pair of eyes to spot clues I might've missed.Who is your daddy? ›
Who's your daddy? is a slang expression used to show dominance over someone else in an aggressive, playful, or sexual way. Daddy goes way back. Records from the early 17th century show daddy being used for any controlling and older figure, regardless of biology.What is the 2 best selling game of all time? ›
- Super Mario Bros. – 48 million. ...
- Overwatch – 50 million. ...
- Mario Kart 8 + Deluxe – 56.87 million. ...
- PUBG – 75 million. ...
- Wii Sports – 82.9 million. ...
- Grand Theft Auto V – 170 million+ ...
- Minecraft – 238 million. ...
- Tetris – 520 million.
What was the very 1st game? ›
The earliest known publicly demonstrated electronic game was created in 1950. Bertie the Brain was an arcade game of tic-tac-toe, built by Josef Kates for the 1950 Canadian National Exhibition.What game has most active players 2022? ›
Top on our list is Fortnite with up to 1.6 million concurrent players and 30 million monthly active users.What game has the most player right now? ›
The top #1 most played popular game in the world right now is Minecraft.Is Split Screen dying? ›
Why Is Split Screen Gaming Dying? There are three key reasons why split screen gaming is dying. Firstly, performance issues. It is much more difficult for developers to make a game that has more than 30FPS, high-resolution graphics, expansive content, and includes split screen.Can 2 people play 13? ›
There are two players, and the object of the game is to be the first person with zero cards. Deal out 13 cards to each player and place one card face up in the middle to start the play pile.Can you play 13 with two people? ›
You can play this game with anywhere from 2 to 6 players. You'll need one deck of cards for every two players. There are 11 rounds to the game. In each round, the number of cards dealt changes, and the requirements for laying down your hand changes.Is it taking two fun? ›
It Takes Two is a just a series of fun co-op moments. It's some of the most fun I've ever had with a two-player game. It's also a pretty game, with the lighting standing out as especially impressive.What is the 21 questions game? ›
21 Questions is a game for people to get to know each other better. It can be played either in a group or with just two people. If the game is being played in a group, a target volunteers or is selected. Then, the target is asked a total of 21 questions and must answer them honestly.What are some juicy 21 questions? ›
- What's the weirdest dream you've ever had?
- If you could travel to any year in a time machine, what year would you choose and why?
- If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
- What's one of the most fun childhood memories you have?
- Rent bicycles and explore your surroundings. ...
- Host a laid-back game night. ...
- Throw on your athleisure and exercise together. ...
- Play tourist for the day. ...
- Ask each other the '36 questions that lead to love' ...
- Head to the woods and go hiking. ...
- Go on a grown-up treasure hunt with the Geocaching app. ...
- Make your own photo or Snapchat story.
What do 14 year olds do at home with friends? ›
- Learn a TikTok dance. ...
- Start a book club. ...
- Set up an obstacle course. ...
- Make a time capsule. ...
- Work out as a family. ...
- Binge watch a show or movies together. ...
- Give back. ...
- Play a video game.
- Make a music video or movie.
- Eat a food you've never tried.
- Learn how to do origami.
- Make the best ice cream sandwich or freak shake ever.
- DIY bath bombs.
- Invent a new type of pizza or killer milkshake.
- Play water balloon games.
- Picnic at a local park.
It may not come as a surprise that one of the most-loved games of all time, Monopoly, is the most popular board game across the world.What is the number one best selling board game? ›
- Chess. First, let's start with the number one selling board game of all time, Chess. ...
- Checkers. Next, on our list of the most top-selling board games is checkers. ...
- Backgammon. ...
- Monopoly. ...
- Scrabble. ...
- Clue. ...
- Trivial Pursuit. ...
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- Paper telephone. In this paper-and-pencil version of the telephone game, everyone sits in a circle and writes down a straightforward phrase (something like “My dog is chewing a bone”). ...
- Balloon tennis. ...
- Indoor hopscotch. ...
- Indoor bowling. ...
- Movie-themed forts. ...
- Paper plane contest. ...
- Charades. ...
He Has a Favorite Board Game. Like many of his fans, he loves to play a good game of Monopoly.What is the #1 game in America right now? ›
Minecraft. Fortnite. Grand Theft Auto V. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege.What is the oldest board game still played today? ›
The Royal Game of Ur is the oldest playable boardgame in the world, originating around 4,600 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia.Is Monopoly fun with 2 people? ›
I've played many games of Monopoly with just two people. It's still a lot of fun. Just one of the two is the designated Banker, but the rules are the same. I played with a friend whose house rule was that when playing with two people you had to pass go once before purchasing property.
How do you play a board game with 2 people? ›
A: To play with two players, set up a deck of 24 Quirk cards. The players will play 12 rounds, each round flip over 2 quirk cards. For each round each player votes on which card they think they are better at than their partner. If both players vote different cards, you win the round.Is Catan fun with 2 people? ›
opinion- Catan is great in a 2 player game. At first we tried some varients but I think the best way to play catan in two players it just to change the required winning points to be 14. (in seafarers to 18). it makes us fight for the longest road and the largest army but keeps the game around 30-40 minutes.Can you win Monopoly in 21 seconds? ›
The shortest possible game of Monopoly requires only four turns, nine rolls of the dice, and twenty-one seconds, Daniel J. Myers, a professor of sociology at Notre Dame University, told NPR's Robert Siegel. (You can read the entire play-by-play after the jump, originally posted on Scatterplot.)What is the longest game of Monopoly ever played? ›
I read the longest monopoly game ever played was 1680 hours, 70 days. The longest monopoly game in a bathtub was 99 hours long.How long does a 2 person Monopoly game take? ›
A typical Monopoly game is meant to last around 60 to 90 minutes.What is a two deck game? ›
We found 1 solutions for Two Deck Game . The top solutions is determined by popularity, ratings and frequency of searches. The most likely answer for the clue is CANASTA.
Hand and Foot uses about 5 or 6 decks of standard playing cards and is played with 2-6 players. The objective of Hand and Foot is to be the first to get rid of all of your cards and for your team to have the most points.Why is it called Catan? ›
Scouts were sent into the interior of the island once more, and this time they found the legendary fields of wheat and herds of wild sheep as the legends told. Knowing they had found what they were seeking, they named the island Catan.Which Catan is best for 2 players? ›
Rivals for Catan has “a lot of the elements that makes the classic Catan such a great game” but is specifically designed for just two players, explains Amdisen-Cooke, who calls it “a must-play for Catan fans.”Is pandemic a good 2 player game? ›
I'm going to be honest: Pandemic is more fun as a three- or four-player game, but it's so damn good it's still one of the best two-player board games around.
Can I play It Takes Two alone? ›
It's an extremely stylish, fun and cleverly designed game, but also has to be played in co-op or not at all. It's a key part of the game's creative vision, and with a friend's pass system does its best to encourage players - someone who owns the game can play with a non-owner online if necessary.Can 4 people play It Takes Two? ›
Unfortunately, to play this game, players will need a friend, as it can only be played with two players.