Games for 2 Players

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Sometimes you don’t have a group of people to play a game. When my kids have a friend over or I am alone with one of them at home, these come in handy:

For the appropriate age, go to BoardGameGeek and look up the game.

Magic Labyrinth (my kids are slowly growing out of this one but it is an awesome game)
The Magic labyrinth

 

 

 

 

7 Wonders Duel Board Game
duel

Jaipur
jaipur

Lost Cities – The Card Game
lost cities card game

Patchwork Board Game
patchwork

The Castles Of Burgundy
castles of burgundy

Boggle
boggle

Battle Line
battle line

Hive Pocket
hive

Codenames: Duet
codenames duet

 Carcassonne (30-45 min)
Carcassonne castle

Carcassonne: Hunters And Gatherers
carcassone hunters and gatherers

Lords of Waterdeep
lords of waterdeep

Tessen (15 min)
tessen

Lanterns Festival (2-4 players, 30 min)
lanterns

 Karuba
karuba

Memoir ’44
memoir

Agricola All Creatures Big and Small (2 players, 30 min)

 

Gobblet
gobblet

Dominion (best with 3 but fine with 2 players)
dominion

Azul (2-4, best with 2 players, 30-45 min)

azul

Splendor
Splendor

Oh My Goods (2-4 players, 30 min) with its expansion  Oh My Goods: Longsdale in Revolt
oh my goods

Word Drop

Headbandz

headbandz

 Caesar and Cleopatra
caesar and cleopatra

Johari (2-4 players, 60-90 min)
johari

Mastermind

mastermind

Quoridor
quoridor

Battleship
battle ship

Soluna

soluna

Beasty Bar (20-30 min) I’ve read somewhere that this game plays nicely with two. we have not tried it with only 2 players, mostly with 3 or 4.
beasty bar

Forbidden desert (2-5 players, 45 min)
forbidden desert

 Pandemic (45 min)–there is also Pandemic Legacy etc.
Pandemic

Escape (10 min)
Escape

Hanabi (fine with 2, 30 min)
Hanabi

Tales Of The Arabian Nights (120 min)
tales of arabian nights

Kanagawa (45 min)
kanagawa

Samurai (2-4 players, best with 3, 30-60 min)
samurai

Peloponnes Card Game (2-5 players, 25-40 min)
peloponnes

Q-bitz

Qbitz

 

 

 

 

Five Tribes (40-80 min)
five tribes

Ticket to Ride (30-60 min)
Ticket to ride

El Dorado (2-4 players, 30-60 min)
el dorado

Legends of Andor (1-4, best with 4 players, 60-90 min)
legends of andor

Guillotine (2-5 players, best with 4, 30 min)
Guillotine

Stone Age (2-4 players, best with 4, 60-90 min)
stone age

 Battle Sheep (2-4 players, best with 4, 15 min)
battle sheep

Kodama (2-5 players, best with 3 players, 40 min)
kodama

Raptor
raptor

Fleet
fleet

Dungeon Roll Dice Game
dungeon roll

Scythe (1-5 players, best with 4, 90-120 min)
scythe game

Fuse (a co-op 10 min game)
fuse

Isle of Skye
isle of skye

San Juan (2-4 players, best with 3, 45 – 60 min)
san juan

Near and Far (2-4, best 3 players, 60-120 min) An awesome game from 2017, with story telling elements.
near and far

Kahuna (2 players, 30 – 40 min)

New York 1901 (2-4 players, best with 4, 30-60 min)

Samurai Spirit (1-7 players, 30 minutes)

Eight-minute Empire Legends (1-4 players, best with 4, 18 – 32 min)

Pentago

Dragonwood (2- 4 players, best with 3, 20 min)
dragonwood

Mint Works (1 – 4 players, no difference, plays well with all numbers, 10-20 min)

Timeline Diversity (2-8 players, best with 4 players, 15 min)

Latice (2 – 4 players, 10-30 min)

The Fox in the Forest (2 players, 30 min)

Fantastiqa: Rival Realms (1-2 players, 20-30 min)

Century Spice Road (2-5, best 3-4 players, 30-45 min)
century spice road

 

People also successfully played some games that are better with more players but are still a good experience with just two (Istanbul)

Here is an interesting thread  on Board Game Geek about games for two players.

Another great list on the same website is here.

 

On My Wish List

Paperback (2-4, best with 2 players, 45 min) When I was looking, the game was available here.
paperback

Rise of Augustus (2-6, best 3-4 players, 30 min)
rise of augustus

Alhambra (2-5 players, best with 3, if only 2 players, you use a third dummy, 45-60 min) or you can get a big box with all the extensions on Amazon here. Alhambra (2-5 players, best with 3, 45-60 min) or you can get a big box with all the extensions on Amazon here. After watching a few videos, I would go for the big box with all expansions. The best expansion is #2 but it is not available separately anymore. You will get all expansions in the Big Box.
alhambra

Onitama (2 players only, 15 min)
onitama

Onirim

Roll for the Galaxy (2-5, best 3-4 players, 45 min)
roll for the galaxy

 Claustrophobia (2 players, 45 min)
claustrophobia

 

Star Wars: Imperial Assault (2-5, best with 2 or 5 players, 60 – 120 min)
star wars

Age 13 and up

War of The Ring  (2, 4 players, best with 2, 150-180 min)
war of the ring

Age 14 and up

Mage Knight (1-3 players, best 1-2, 150 min)
mage knight

Age 16 and up (because it is dark)

This War of Mine (survival story, 1-3 players, check some reviews here)
this war of mine

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