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Board game for adults Carcassonne Labyrinth or something else

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theghostofchristmaspast Sun 03-Dec-17 19:57:43

I want to get a board game for a 60+ couple.

I had Carcassonne in mind but it costs a bit more than I can afford.

I have never played it but love the look of it and they love all things French. However not sure if it's too complicated. Risk, eg, would not be their thing.

Thought of Othello. Safe choice but would have liked something they haven't come across.

Labyrinth looks really good and price is great. Is it too childlike?

ojell Sun 03-Dec-17 20:30:10

Are you looking purely for a 2 player game? Patchwork is a good one (and the theme is quite quirky).

Carcassonne isn’t that complicated (at least the basic game isn’t - if you add in some of the expansions that are available it gets much more complex), and works well enough with 2, though it’s really best with 3 or 4 people. It’s often seen as a ‘gateway’ game, i.e. a gentle introduction to the modern style of board games. Ticket To Ride is another good game in this sort of category (and has a travel theme).

ShutUpLegs Sun 03-Dec-17 20:33:32

We love Labyrinth as a family game but DH & I wouldn't play it if it was just the two of us.

RandomMess Sun 03-Dec-17 20:40:42

How about card games? Can canasta be 2 player?

Stompythedinosaur Sun 03-Dec-17 20:45:14

If it is just for the two of them, Duke is fantastic. Or Hive if they haven't seen it before?

If it's to play with others then Code Names is wonderful.

LIZS Sun 03-Dec-17 20:49:45

Settlers of Catan

soupforbrains Sun 03-Dec-17 20:49:52

There's a game called Journey through Britain that is relatively simple to learn but combines general knowledge and gentle strategy. My parents love it.

Also rummikub is excellent.

theghostofchristmaspast Sun 03-Dec-17 21:02:40

It is mainly just for the two of them.

Feedback re Labyrinth handy thanks. Wasn't sure (might get it to play with my 8yo).

Going to look up some of the others mentioned. Thank you.

FatRedCrayon Sun 03-Dec-17 21:05:22

Putting in a vote for Pandemic. It's a co-op game and works well with 2 (or 3 or 4). Relatively easy to learn and there are expansions and different variants if they enjoy it!

CisCucumber Sun 03-Dec-17 21:07:16

We love Labyrinth and will play it just adults
Definitely not childish
We also like Dixit

MaisyMary77 Sun 03-Dec-17 21:10:16

Pandemic. If it’s just two of you it’s perfect. DH and I often play. Very easy learn. No arguments either as it’s a cooperative game.

MachiKoro Sun 03-Dec-17 21:13:15

You need three for catan!
(Though there is a two player adaptation I think, with cards?)
Dixit also cannot work with two!

Machi Koro is good (hence name!)
Ticket to Ride works well with two.
Lost Cities card game by Reiner Kniezier is a good two player game.
As is Star Realms.

RandomMess Sun 03-Dec-17 21:13:33

DH says carcassone has very good reviews and has observed it being played plenty or times, another one is code game duette.

I suspect there will be much game playing in my future...

RandomMess Sun 03-Dec-17 21:15:25

Odin's ravens is a 2 player game and DH plays it against our young teens and they often beat him grin

theghostofchristmaspast Sun 03-Dec-17 21:33:16

So many great suggestions.

I had no idea how many fantastic games there were.

Jaffalong Sun 03-Dec-17 22:20:32

Not strictly a board game but bananagram is like a fast paced version of scramble. Two people can play and it's great fun.

RandomMess Sun 03-Dec-17 22:26:23

Yes PILs love Bananagram, I think it's great too!

theghostofchristmaspast Sun 03-Dec-17 22:40:02

The banana game sounds good and the price is great. The presentation has rather less gravitas than what I was aiming for grin

BlackAmericanoNoSugar Sun 03-Dec-17 22:44:48

I like Ticket to Ride but I play a computer version as we aren't much of a board game family.

freshstart24 Mon 04-Dec-17 09:19:38

Love labyrinth, but it's best played with 3 or more I think. With two players you are taking turns immediately after each other which isn't ideal.

Having said that we've enjoyed it when I've played with just DS (10), so as a stand in game with kids I'd say 2 is ok. For a great game with adults, I think you need 3 or more.

ImminentDisaster Mon 04-Dec-17 09:22:46

We love Ticket to Ride as a 2 player, but also Jaipur and Lost Cities are really good. We also enjoyed Patchwork.

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