Top 3 best 2 player board game
Board games are great with big groups of friends, but there are loads of great board games for just two players, too. Indeed some say it’s the best way to play. There’s no plotting, no balance issues, just pure one on one strategy. And the game doesn’t care if it’s a couple or a roommate.
In fact, there are so many games that are enjoyable with two that we couldn’t list them all. Instead, we’ve broken them down into three categories so you can find one to suit your mood: quick, cooperative, and competitive. Many of these games support more players, but play excellently when just two are at the table.
These are the best board games for 2 players — from couples on a date night to a parent spending quality time with their child, and everything in between.
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Some say that the genteel world of arts and crafts hides a beating heart of competition. That’s what you’ll be exploring in Patchwork as you and your opponent race to stitch together the best… quilt. Wait – don’t go. It’s actually really good. Each turn you pick a piece and fit it into your growing blanket, trying not to leave gaps. It’s a simple competitive puzzle, fast and fun. Or is it? See, the gentle premise of Patchwork hides a ruthless heart. You gain resources based on progress around a time track. So you can play nasty by planning to snip critical buttons and patches off the track before your opponent gets there. It’s great either way, and that makes it great for couples.
2. Battle Line / Lost Cities
Battle Line sounds more aggressive than it is. In theory you’re lining up archers, elephants and warriors for ancient warfare. In practice it’s more like Poker as you try to collect triplets of colour or number which you assign to one of nine flags. The secret of Battle Line is that you’re forced to start making plays before you collect complete sets. That makes every card down and every card drawn an agony of anticipation where bluff and timing are everything. It’s a fine game but, better still, you can also use the cards to play a related 2-player game, Lost Cities.
Trading games tend to work best with multiple players, so you’ve got a bit of bargaining going on. Jaipur solves this problem with an elegant economic system. As an Indian merchant you want to collect goods like cloth, gold and tea to sell in bulk. But the market is one of diminishing returns. That creates constant tension between hoarding goods and selling early to get the best prices and deny them to your opponent. With other smart, interlocking mechanics, Jaipur is a slippery customer. Whenever you feel like you’ve mastered it, it reveals new tricks: so it rewards repeat play against the same person.