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Board games for 2 players - me & ds(11)

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WeAllHaveWings Fri 23-Oct-15 17:07:19

ds and I like board games, dh not interested so any games have to be good for 2 players only.

We got Small World and Forbidden Island last year and tbh even with the rave reviews/recommendations we found they were a bit meh! Maybe its because there are only 2 players.

Any recommendations for this year?

Some games we have and he likes Cludeo, Monopoly, Survive Escape from Atlantis, Trival Pursit (family edition from 1980s!!), Game of Life.

I see Ticket to Ride recommended sometimes, is it still good for just 2 players?

Misty9 Fri 23-Oct-15 21:42:55

Pass the pigs? grin

BuildersBum Sat 24-Oct-15 17:27:13

Have you looked at Carcassonne?

We only have the app, I'm hoping to get the board game for Xmas.
You can loads of extension packs to mix things up.

There are several 'table top' gaming blogs to scout too.
It appears that most of the 'best' games originate in Germany.

Balance Games?
Animal Upon Animal, there are a few variants. Me & OH play when little has gone to bed.

Sallyhasleftthebuilding Sat 24-Oct-15 17:31:35

Monopoly empire is good, try card games, masterminds, othello, draughts, have you got rush hour?

WeAllHaveWings Sun 25-Oct-15 13:58:54

Have looked at Carcassonne before and reviews always seem to say its not good with only 2 players.

We also have mastermind, Othello, draughts, labyrinth, ingenious, and rush hour, Yahtzee, rummikub, q-bitz,

RevealTheHiddenBeach Sun 25-Oct-15 15:50:28

Monopoly deal (the card game version) is really good, fairly quick, and portable! Also nothing wrong with a bit of connect 4!

BlanketSky Sun 25-Oct-15 21:04:01

Blokus is good with two

Chasingsquirrels Sun 25-Oct-15 21:08:25

Tantrix (my 9yo and 13yo are have just got it out, it can be a really good game).

irregularegular Sun 25-Oct-15 21:10:29

Labyrinth. My favourite. And perfect for two.

MARGUERITE18 Sun 25-Oct-15 21:55:34

gloom smile its like happy families but unhappy

flashpad from QVC - Addcitive!

MythicalKings Sun 25-Oct-15 21:56:04

Ticket to Ride

Minniemagoo Sun 25-Oct-15 21:57:19

Rubiks race

momb Sun 25-Oct-15 22:00:38

SET. Very simple in theory and DD(11) beats me every time and has since she was about 7. It's cards rather than a board game per se but an excellent game for two.
Also Labyrinth: can be played with up to four but works well with only two.

JustWantToBeDorisAgain Sun 25-Oct-15 22:23:08

Machi Coro dh plays with dd1

FishWithABicycle Sun 25-Oct-15 22:28:38

2-player card-versions of settlers of Cattan (not the full version which only function properly with 4 or can just about scrape through with 3)

chicaguapa Sun 25-Oct-15 22:35:52

I bought the Sherlock Holmes detective game today and whilst looking at the reviews it said it was good for two people.

PigeonPie Sun 25-Oct-15 22:37:32

It's not really a 'board game', but we enjoy Bananagrams which can be played with two or more people and it doesn't matter how many; it also doesn't matter about age because you can play at your own level.

Davros Mon 26-Oct-15 00:26:45

I really want to learn to play some card games. I used to love playing cards when I was growing up but I can't remember how to play any of them! Anyone know a good way it place to learn? I suppose I should look at YouTube

VulcanWoman Mon 26-Oct-15 00:35:10

The game of life.

madmotherof2 Mon 26-Oct-15 08:00:09

Just place marking as my nearly 12 year old loves board games!

Avebury Mon 26-Oct-15 09:30:47

Blink is a good simple card game for two players.

Avebury Mon 26-Oct-15 09:30:58

As is Dobble

EnglishRose1320 Mon 26-Oct-15 11:47:48


madmotherof2 Tue 27-Oct-15 17:16:37

I've just bought Jenga Quake for my sons 12 birthday

WeAllHaveWings Wed 28-Oct-15 20:20:08

Lots of ideas and checking them all out.

I have also seen Carcassonne: The Castle. Not an expansion pack, but a stand alone 2 player game. Has anyone played it?

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