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Experts Tell Us the Best 2 Player Board Games

This article showcases our top picks for the Best 2 Player Board Games. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Love Letter

This product was recommended by Tony Grenier from Instrumental Global

This thematic game will teach you to assess the risk and decide if all of this is worthy. What I love about this game is that both you and the other player try to send the letter into Princess Anette’s hands, so basically, both you and the other player are competing against each other. The game works by having a deck of 16 cards, both of you will get one card each, and another card removed from the play. If it is your turn, you get to draw one card and put down another with a task so the other player will be exposed. Basically, both of you try to be powerful so you can go near the princess. You have to decide properly which card to show and which card is to wait until the final parts of the game. However, is it worth waiting for the final part to use that powerful card, or is it time to use the card to gain an advantage against the other player. Compute for the risk vs the rewards.

Catan Board Game

This product was recommended by Amir Behrozi from My Home Dojo

If you and your partner are looking for a fun, competitive game that doesn’t take forever, then Catan should be at the top of your list. The board is built from modular, hexagonal tiles laid out in an island configuration — it’s generated during the game and always stays different each time you play. Players inhabit one-of-six starting areas around a central sea and more than 18 points offer access to valuable resources or ills, with more still emerging as players explore new lands.

Ticket to Ride

This product was recommended by Robert from Way of Martial Arts

In my opinion, the greatest attraction of Ticket to Ride is how enjoyable it is to play it even when you are losing. It feels good to build train routes and connect different cities regardless of the end result. In many other board games, it is the person who is winning who is having more fun. Ticket to Ride prevents this by involving exactly the same actions in everyone’s turn regardless if you are winning or not. This makes the game really fun and enjoyable for everyone! Ticket to Ride is also easy to learn. If you have friends that are not into board games, they will learn the whole concept in 15 minutes.

Sequence

This product was recommended by Bree Sheree from Bree’s Vegan Life

Sequence is as simple as playing a card, then placing a chip on that number on the game board. Five chips in a row is a sequence. When you are playing with 2 players, 2 sequences is a win. Sequence is a great game for any occasion because it can be played with 2 people, but also all the way up to 12 people. It’s also a fun game for a wide age range. It’s easy enough for kids to play, but for adults it can be challenging because they can use more advanced strategies when playing their moves. It’s fun and exciting to anticipate where other players are going to place their chips and it’s challenging because you need to try to ensure that you don’t place a chip that will help out your opponent.

Best Chess Set Ever

This product was recommended by Dave Pedley from YourCub

Chess might be one of the oldest board games in human history, but it remains the least BORING one! It’s hard to think of a 2-player game that is more absorbing, mentally challenging, and endlessly competitive. And best of all perhaps – it’s marvelously well adapted to the 21st century, with online groups and digital apps readily available that will connect players literally anywhere to play in real or delayed time. For free! A perhaps unique example of an ancient, timeless game that is bang up to date and flourishing in the digital age.

Shobu

This product was recommended by Jack Miller from How I Get Rid Of

It’s a thinking man/woman’s game that’s a cousin of both chess and checkers. If you’re used to traditional rules, you may find this game a bit quirky, but it’s enjoyable, nonetheless.

Monopoly Rivals Edition

This product was recommended by Jack Miller from How I Get Rid Of

If you’re a competitive Monopoly player like I am, you’ll thoroughly enjoy going head-to-head with just one opponent. The game moves at a much faster pace and brings more suspense with its Community chest and chance cards. Don’t ask, just try it out.

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective

This product was recommended by Jack Miller from How I Get Rid Of

Here’s another game that will make you want to use the old noggin, and that’s always fun when done with a partner. Yes, you get to play detective with a close comrade where you’ll solve challenging puzzles.

Lookout Games Patchwork Brown

This product was recommended by Steve Johnson from Boot Mood Foot

My wife loves board games, but it’s hard to find one that’s suitable for 2 people. When we read online that this game was made for two, it felt like it was the perfect game for us. A simple concept, but it’s incredibly playable. It can get very competitive, especially when you see how many coins the other person has, but the one with the best strategy wins! Please no marital drama with this game!

Pandemic Board Game

This product was recommended by Joe Flanagan from 90s Fashion World

I absolutely love Pandemic! It can be played with 2 to 4 players and after the real life pandemic we lived through, it certainly has more relevancy now than ever. It is a strategy game that has numerous expansions and standalone editions too, so once you go in countless hours of fun await you! It is also a great cooperative game where you either lose or win together. One of the reasons I like it so much is that it really makes you plan ahead and learn a lot about how a pandemic works.

War of the Ring

This product was recommended by Bryan Truong from GameCows

Unlike a lot of other 2-player specific board games War of the Ring is a massive big-box game that has an immense amount of strategy and thematic flair. The two sides of the war, Sauron vs. the Free People of Middle Earth, each play completely differently with their own strengths, weaknesses, and winning/losing conditions. A lot of 2-player games get muddled or feel half-finished, but War of the Ring’s theme and gameplay work brilliantly with two players without sacrificing quality.

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