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Board games recommendations for 2 players

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EdinaMonsoon Mon 11-Dec-17 14:35:35

I need ideas on good board games for 2 players. My Sis & DBIL are by themselves this Christmas (they live overseas).

Any recommendations?

Notreallyawaitress Mon 11-Dec-17 18:37:57

No ideas but interested in any suggestions you get! fsmile

TheOnlyPink Mon 11-Dec-17 18:39:38

7 wonders duel. We got it a few months ago and we really enjoy it! Simple to learn, but engaging and so far it's different every time we've played.

jojomom Mon 11-Dec-17 18:41:42


PinkAvocado Mon 11-Dec-17 18:42:17

Operation grin

Apileofballyhoo Mon 11-Dec-17 18:43:56

Can I jump on the thread and ask if any of those are suitable for a soon to be 10 year old? We already have Operation!

PinkAvocado Mon 11-Dec-17 18:51:03

Othello would be suitable for a 10 year old for sure.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Mon 11-Dec-17 20:10:30

Yes to Othello.
Mastermind, if you can still buy it.
Ticket to Ride

ThatsWotSheSaid Mon 11-Dec-17 20:15:20

Stratego or backgammon (the games of kings).

over501 Mon 11-Dec-17 20:36:49

Jaipur - I got this for DH last Christmas and we love it. I'm not sure that it would appeal to a 10 year old, though.

frenchknitting Mon 11-Dec-17 20:39:28

Mr Jack - best 2 player I've found.

Nan0second Mon 11-Dec-17 20:39:51

Agricola all creatures big and small
Lost cities
Battle line
SAN Juan (can also be played with 3 or 4 players but great as a 2)

The top two are by far the best (and also small enough to travel well)

GertrudeBelle Mon 11-Dec-17 22:37:08

Kingdomino - excellent excellent domino type game (but much more to it than dominoes). Very addictive and good for 2 players.

Jaipur card game as per pp above (which is also loved by my 5 and 8 year old)

Patchwork - really addictive game with a small box where you compete for Tetris type pieces and have to fit them together on a grid.

Akrotiri - really attractive game where you place map tiles and (a) try to make patterns in accordance with certain objectives and (b) create shipping lanes for your little boat to move around and trade.

WhySeaEm Mon 11-Dec-17 22:56:10

carcassone smile

BeyondTheMoon Mon 11-Dec-17 23:02:31

Hive - a bit like chess but you don't play on a board so can play anywhere.

annabel89 Tue 12-Dec-17 00:49:38

Monopoly Deal!

Battleax Tue 12-Dec-17 00:51:03


EdinaMonsoon Tue 12-Dec-17 12:25:18

Oh Thank you to everyone who replied! Some great ideas here. Definitely going to buy Jaipur for them (and for DH!)

Thanks again!

BlueChampagne Tue 12-Dec-17 12:51:38

Agricola (DS2 8 plays this too) All Creatures Big and Small, though 2 people can play the big version very satisfactorily
Backgammon (both DSs play)
Caverna (v heavy if sending abroad though)
Settlers of Catan the card game (DS2 loves this too, and Jaipur)
Isle of Skye (2-5 players, unusually).

Check out for reviews.

EduCated Tue 12-Dec-17 13:11:39

Another shout for Hive, its mine and DP's favourite.

7 Wonders Duel is on my wish list! Love the full game.

vikjul Tue 12-Dec-17 13:18:33

Strong recommendations for

Jaipur - beautiful aesthetics, easy to grasp, fun and addictive (a bit fiddly to set up though). My DC have enjoyed this since they were 8 or so.
Battle Line - this is our favourite. Simple rules and almost unbearable tension.
Port Royal plays very well 2-5, our DC (9 and 12) love this as well.

We used to play Monopoly Deal as both 2-, 3- and 4-player. Brilliant little simple and addictive card game that we must have played hundreds of times.

As for Lost Cities - I love this but DH and the DC find it too dry.

We had Agricola All Creatures Big and Small but sold it. Deeper and more static/strategic than the others recommended above which are more simple and more dynamic/tactical.

We have Patchwork but didn't like the tetris/spatial aspect. Lots of people love it though, so worth considering whether the spatial aspect would appeal or not.

I also love Carcassonne as a tactical 2-player game, but can't get anyone else in the family to play.

This year I have bought Hanamikoji for DH, it is supposedly a brilliant two player game. Possibly a bit deeper than Jaipur, Battle Line and Lost Cities.

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