Great Games for Two

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Sometimes you can’t find a whole group of people to play with. Sometimes you just want to enjoy a game for two and a quiet evening with a game can be a great way to spend time with your significant other. There are tons of great options for two player games — from board games to card games to collectible games and strategy games. Finding a game that’s a good fit for the two of you and for the time you have to commit can be a bit of a challenge. We’re always here to help, so here’s a list of great games for two with plenty more on our shelves to suit any taste!

Just try not to get too competitive!

Star Realms

The award winning deck-building game, players must grow their deck’s weak starting fleet into an armada powerful enough to crush the competition. Use your trade to aquire ships and bases while you use combat ships to attack your opponent’s authority and reduce it to zero.

Patchwork

An oddly compelling game involving the creation of a patchwork quilt. Choose your patches carefully and keep your buttons handy so you can not only finish your quilt but make it better than your opponent’s. A great strategy game for both kids and adults.

7 Wonders: Duel

The very popular 7 Wonders game has been transformed into a compelling two player duel. Chose to invest in science, military or prestige and build a capital greater than your opponent’s. Different victory conditions allow for different strategies.

Codenames: Duet

Work together to identify agents among those on the table without revealing the assassin or hitting too many innocent bystanders! Just as much fun as the original but structured for two (or more!) players to enjoy.

Jaipur

Compete to be the most powerful trader in the city by exchanging and selling goods. What seems deceptively easy results in some tough decisions as you need to decide the best time to sell — balancing early game chip value against the ability to sell large stacks of goods for better rewards.

Lanterns

A beautiful, fun and simple tile based game for two (or four) that’s easy to pick up and engaging to play. Plan the placement of your lanterns to earn the most points.

Teen Titans Go

Build a powerful deck as one of your favorite titans and defeat the supervillains! The player who can score the most victory points wins! Easy to learn, easy to play and most of all fun! It allows newcomers to the deck building genre to jup right in while providing veterans with a fresh experience.

Rivals for Catan

By the creator of the best selling Catan, Rivals for Catan has you rolling dice to gather resources to play cards that build your settlements. What it does, it does very well and provides an enjoyable two player experience. This update of the Catan Card Game makes it even more enjoyable for new players and once you get accustomed to the base game, you can add more complexity with expansions.

Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small

Like many games on this list, Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small takes themes from the original game and boils it down to an engaging two player experience. This time, you become an animal breeder trying ot make the most of your pastures. Expand your pastures, build fencing and increase your variety of animals to score points and win!

Hive

Place tiles one by one and try to surround your opponent’s queen while protecting your own! Hive is a surprisingly solid and engaging tile based game with sturdy pieces and requires nothing more than a flat surface to start having fun! There are also a number of add-on sets that give you new tiles to spice upĀ  your games a bit.

Dominion

The grand daddy of deck builders, Dominion has been around for a few years now and it’s accessibility, expandability and fun will keep you going for a while. There’s not a whole lot of interaction with your opponents but there’s still a lot of decisions to be made as you decide to buy cards to increase your currency, give you different actions or just outright buy victory points. Good for two but also good for as many as four players with plenty of extras you can pick up later to keep the game fresh.

Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures

Space dog-fights at their best, the Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures game has been around for a few years now with some great expansions. The ships are beautifully detailed and the game itself is easy to learn but very deep as well. The core box set is a perfect place to start and you can grow your collection and the scope of your battles as you see fit.

Magic: The Gathering

Nearing 25 years old now, Magic has been around for quite some time and for good reason. Easy to learn with a great deal of depth, Magic can be an engaging and entertaining game. Starting out can be as simple as picking up a Duel Deck box or a couple of starter decks. The game is perfect for one-on-one duels but multiplayer formats and free for all games are a lot of fun too. With booster packs and new decks you can buy, you can build on your collection and customize your own decks.

Android: Netrunner

Another excellent card game for two (and only two) players, Android: Netrunner is a little different in that each player’s deck plays very differently. It pits the runner — a skilled hacker — against a corporation and it’s security systems. Despite the asymetric playstyle, each side is equally matched in a battle over secrets and information. Once you get accustomed to the base game, you can pick up several expansions to customize your decks and build on the game even further. If Android: Netrunner isn’t your thing you may also want to check out some of Fantasy Flight’s other fantastic card games such as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. 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Greg Grondin
Gregory Grondin is a full time Systems Analyst working for Mariner Innovations. He also works as a weight loss consultant for Weight Watchers and is part owner of Heroes' Beacon. You can follow his web comic series at http://www.spacepawdyssey.com

Greg is a fan of gaming and comics in general and an avid collector of Transformers figures.