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Experts Tell Us the Best Two Player Board Games

This article showcases our top picks for the Best Two 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.

7 Wonders Duel

This product was recommended by Katherine Brown from Spyic

Two players engage in a supremacy battle in an ancient world by creating seven wonders to develop a civilization and win the game. Duel is a strategy game and is extremely challenging, making it all the more thrilling.


Crokinole

This product was recommended by Katherine Brown from Spyic

Created in the 19th century, Crokinole is a classic and entails shooting discs towards the center of the board and subsequently aiming to hit other discs in the board. It consists of a simple wooden aesthetic and provides hours of endless fun.


Patchwork

This product was recommended by Katherine Brown from Spyic

Players work in this beautiful and artistic game to create a highly aesthetic quilt on their boards. Played in turns, it is a great delight, involving and time-consuming, which makes it an interesting play.


The Fox In The Forest

This product was recommended by Mohamed Sehwail from FullSession

The Fox In The Forest is a card game that requires you to win more tricks and thereby get more cards. The one who collects more cards in the end wins. What’s lovely about this game is its picturesque design that is ideal for those who need a piece of fairy tales. It comes in a compact package so it’s easy to carry around.


Fluttering Souls

This product was recommended by Brenna Noonan from Good Games Publishing

A meditative 2-player set collection game where players collect sets of beautiful butterflies. Light and quick, but with enough variability to capture the interest of seasoned gamers, too. Plays in 15 min. Players: 2 Length: 20 minutes Age: 14+ (really 10+) Audiences: Couples, parent & child Talking points: – Beautiful butterfly theme & art – Easy to learn, play and get to the table – Open drafting with variable layouts – Surprising depth of gameplay – Interaction through choice control and the Great Eggfly card. – Good for lockdown play. – Sold out at Gen Con 2019 & in Australia


Funfair

This product was recommended by Brenna Noonan from Good Games Publishing

Perfect for families or light to medium strategy gamers who want to build the best theme park in an hour or less!

Players: 2 – 4
Length: 30-60 minutes
Age: 10+
Audiences: Families, couples, hobby gamers

Talking points:

  • Build your own theme park a la “Rollercoaster Tycoon”
  • Satisfying tableau and engine building
  • Cards reward planning and goal chasing
  • Bright & beautiful theme park artwork

Fugitive Card Game

This product was recommended by Kane Swerner from Memento Memorabilia

Fugitive is a chase game for two players. To put it simply, a fugitive is pursued by a marshal. The fleeing player uses concealed cards to deceive the agent, while the agent must guess and predict what those cards are. It’s a fantastic game about outwitting your opponent with stunning visuals. The suspect wins if they reach the last location card, while the marshal wins if they find all the fugitives’ hideouts before they do. The game is quick. It’s only supposed to last 20 minutes max. That means you can’t utilize all of your hideouts while you race across the city. If you’re traveling or waiting for someone, this is an excellent filler game. In a bar or restaurant, you might play a game between ordering and eating your favorite dish.


Hive Board Game

This product was recommended by Jill Miller from Your RV Lifestyle

When my husband and I have free time, we love playing HIVE. This is a great strategy game that remains complex whether you have played it once or fifty times. The resin tiles are weighted, so you do not have to worry about them blowing away, and they make the game nice and portable. Hive has also won various product of excellence of games awards.


60 second city

This product was recommended by Victoria from Buffalo Games

Team-up, work together, and strategize to build your city. You have 60 seconds… GO! Both players draw tiles & quickly place them on the game board at the same time. Work together to complete building goals while protecting your city from space-blocking pollution. The clock is ticking… Win together or lose together in this collaborative strategy game. If you can complete all the building goals after 5 rounds of play, you both win. This addictive game takes quick thinking, exceptional communication, strategic collaboration, and fast action to build the ultimate city!


Two Some

This product was recommended by Victoria from Buffalo Games

Pair up and answer the ultimate “me or you” questions to see how well you know each other. Play with just two or team up and go head-to-head against other couples. In each round two cards are put in front of the group such as “avoid when hungry” or “better poker face”. Each player simultaneously chooses which of the two cards they feel they are better at than their partner. If both players choose different cards, they are on the same wavelength and score. The team with the highest score after 12 rounds wins. Break the ice and find out if you are the perfect pair or perfect strangers!


Space Invaders

This product was recommended by Victoria from Buffalo Games

Join the fight and stop the invasion! Based on the classic arcade game that started it all, play Space Invaders like never before! Can you team-up and defeat the alien Invaders to claim victory, or will it be GAME OVER, and the Invaders win? It’s all hands-on deck as all players either win together or lose together in this collaborative strategy game. Take turns moving your 3D shooter and lining up the best shot. Launch blast tokens at the waves of descending Invaders. It takes skill and strategy. You have limited shots, so all players need to coordinate their attack, and hit their targets. Destroy all the Invaders AND take down the UFO mother ship before it is too late!


Tetris

This product was recommended by Victoria from Buffalo Games

Now play Tetris head-to-head against your friends in an all-new tabletop strategy game for up to 4 players designed by Phil Walker-Harding. Each player drops tetrimino pieces into their own Matrix tower each turn. You know what to do. Another piece is up. Rotate. Rotate again. Move it and drop it… Score points by completing horizontal rows and racing to fulfill special challenges on achievement cards for bonus points! Place specific pieces to match the icons on your Matrix towers to earn even more. Who will come out on top?!


Sushi Go

This product was recommended by Karen James from The Geordie Grandma

This game is so much fun, the cards are really cute and each game only takes around 15 minutes. Plus you could also order some sushi and have a really good themed at-home date night!


The Settlers of Catan

This product was recommended by Pratik J. from TicTacBonkers

One of the best two player board games in the market today is Settlers of Catan. This game was created by Klaus Teuber in 1995 and has been on the top 10 list of board games since 1999 when it was published by Mayfair Games.In this game, players have to become rich in resources, such as wood, sheep and stone, by trading with their opponents and by constructing roads, settlements and cities. This game has sold over 12 million copies worldwide since its publication.Although there are many versions of this game, the original is quite complex to play because it requires players to understand several concepts such as turn orders or game concepts. The resources that you acquire during the extraction phase also have an effect on how you play the game.The two player game can either be played on one side of the board or, in a variation called the Duel, it can be made for each player to have their own side and their own set of resources while playing against each other. Other players try to get resources from the winner’s section when they also want to build up their own parts of the board.


Pandemic Board Game

This product was recommended by Harsh Goyal from Improve Dogs

This board game gained massive popularity after the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world as the game’s motto is to eradicate outbreaking diseases. It’s a truly strategic game and requires excellent teamwork to solve the challenges. One can enjoy this masterpiece with their friends or family, and it will be great fun.


Classic Monopoly

This product was recommended by Harsh Goyal from Improve Dogs

This is one of the most famous board games across the world. From small kids to adults, everyone enjoys playing it in the hope to become rich. The game involves buying and selling assets like property, cars, rich schemes, etc. It is a perfect game for someone trying to learn the basics of financing and improve their math skills.


Unmatched Battle of Legends

This product was recommended by Harsh Goyal from Improve Dogs

If you’re looking for fighting combat board games, then the battle of legends is a great choice. This game involves choosing a hero and getting a deck of cards for that hero. The heroes are equipped with unique abilities and skills, and the powerful ones win. The board pieces are nicely built, and the game can be a treat for the family.


Sorry Classic Game

This product was recommended by Harsh Goyal from Improve Dogs

One of the classic vintage board games with the tagline, reignite your family. The game involves pawns and cards and requires intermediate skills to win the challenge. This game can be played by either 2 or 4 players; the more, the better. And the best part, one can enjoy this game as much as they can in a short interval of time.


Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza

This product was recommended by Daniel Adams from Cosier

With minimal set up time, a small handy box that neatly stores all the cards and fast, easy, hilarious play, Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza is the 2021 version of snap – but way better. The addition of animal impressions really elevates it. People who don’t like pretending to be narwhals need not apply.


Couple Connect

This product was recommended by Sara Castillo from Ballistic Media Group

Developed by a licensed Psychologist, Couple Connect makes the perfect gift for new couples looking to spark some interesting conversations on your next date night. Backed by psychological science, Couple Connect was designed to improve communication, romance, and trust between you and your loved one. And if a stronger connection isn’t enough, the company has pledged a donation of 1 meal to Feeding America for each game sold.


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