A Bouquet of Cardboard
Valentine’s day is right around the corner and maybe you need a gift that isn’t roses and chocolates. Check out our list of top games that require two to tango. Did we miss something? Don’t agree with our list? Let us know in the comments below!
5. 7 Wonders Duel
Remember the old card game pyramid? Well this only looks like that. 7 Wonders Duel is a set collection game with a very unique card drafting mechanic. You pick your cards from a pyramid trying to collect resources. With multiple ways to win and countless strategies, replayability is fantastic.
4. War Chest
Want to take on the role of a historical army commander? War Chest is a bag building, war game where each player commands an army of 4 units depicted by nice heavy poker chips. Each round the players select three units at random from their bag, each with unique abilities. The player to control the majority of the control points win!
3. Codenames: Duet
Alright, let’s pretend for a moment that you enjoy working together as a team. Codenames: Duet will push your team work to the edge. Players take turns trying to get the other player to guess a series of words by only using a single word and number. Unlike regular Codenames, Codenames: Duet has a built-in timer requiring you to combine multiple words into a single guess. All versions of Codenames can be mixed in for limitless replays.
2. Dice Throne
This has easily become our go-to two player game. It combines everything we love about TCG’s and Yahtzee. Each turn players will play cards from their hands to upgrade their abilities and then roll dice. Like Yahtzee certain combinations of rolls are needed for each ability, large straight, 2 of a kind, etc. There are currently 14 characters in the Dice Throne universe and Season 3 is expected this summer.
Now hear me out. I know that having Azul at number one will likely garner some complaints but if you think about it, it’s really best at 2. Thematically, you are tile workers selecting tiles from suppliers to decorate their palaces. Each turn players select tiles from the factory to place in their palace ensuring they match the pattern. When playing this set collection, abstract strategy game with only two players it becomes more like a chess match than a tile laying game. There is also an advanced version where you create your own pattern. Azul is relatively small and quick, allowing you to easily play during that fancy steak dinner or during your peanut butter lava cake desert. Rating: 8/10 Weight: 2/5 MSRP: $49.99 Board Game Geek | Amazon
Honorable Mention: Guess Who?
Gotta have a classic on here right? Guess Who? is sure to spark some childhood memories for you and your special someone. The one saving grace for Guess Who? is the countless versions available to you. Find a theme you like and go for it!