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Best 2 player board games?

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Asmadasmax Sat 17-Mar-18 18:16:36

Dp and I like to play board games but many don't work with just two players. Any suggestions?

We have cluedo, trivial pursuit , Ticket to ride, game of life, Who wants to be a millionaire, Risk ... we don't get on with Ticket to ride, seems very complicated blush.

Shoxfordian Sat 17-Mar-18 18:46:18

Do you have the traditional ones as well? I like backgammon

Also cribbage is fun if you like card games

PurpleDaisies Sat 17-Mar-18 18:49:08

Which ticket to ride do you have? The Scandinavia one is best for two.

We really like Lost Cities which is a card game. Pandemic works well as a two.

VeganCatLover Sat 17-Mar-18 18:53:53

I like nine men's morriss.

Asmadasmax Sat 17-Mar-18 19:16:20

Yes we have cribbage and backgammon smile

We have Ticket to ride Europe, all the different parts seem complicated ...

Davenotdave Sat 17-Mar-18 19:17:58

Exploding kittens, pandemic, blockus

ShoesJerry Sat 17-Mar-18 19:18:13

We like the card games Gubs and Sushi Go which work well with two players. I've also just bought Hive for DS's birthday, but we haven't tried it yet.

Asmadasmax Sat 17-Mar-18 19:21:01

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll take a look at them.

Blankiefan Sat 17-Mar-18 19:21:38

You can never play too much backgammon.

gerbo Sat 17-Mar-18 19:23:01

If you like wordy games, Bananagrams is great. Dh and I play on holiday a lot. Bit like scrabble with no board! Travels well with tiles in zip up case.

edwinbear Sat 17-Mar-18 19:23:47

Labyrinth is fab.

Clevs Sat 17-Mar-18 19:24:17


Tryingtogetitright Sat 17-Mar-18 19:25:42

Scrabble, Rummikub and Yahtzee

Tryingtogetitright Sat 17-Mar-18 19:26:01

Cross post Clevs!

SugarMiceInTheRain Sat 17-Mar-18 19:29:28

Another vote for Pandemic. Also Rummikub, Codenames, Settlers...

kennythekangaroo Sat 17-Mar-18 19:36:35

Jaipur, hive and patchwork are all good and designed for 2 players.

Jenijena Sat 17-Mar-18 19:37:43

We’ve recently bough Kingdominos, which works great for two.

Jenijena Sat 17-Mar-18 19:39:57

And I enjoy Carcassonne which I think works fine for two players as well.

brightandsunnyday Sat 17-Mar-18 19:41:45

The novel that is the rule book on Ticket to Ride put us off for nearly a whole year after buying it, but it's now one of our favourite family games, as well as being fun for 2 people. It's worth persisting.

Carcassonne also good, but we've enjoyed it more since getting expansions to have more tiles to play with as before we felt they ran out just as the game was getting started.

"Ok play" is also a good one.

Testarossa1 Sat 17-Mar-18 19:51:50

Yahtzee, scrabble, othello, Tri-onimoes, Chinese checkers (play 3 colours each when you get good at it) We also like card games, (invest in a good card game book) and if you want to be a little silly, frustration, (based on ludo, but with a pop-o-matic dice) play 2 colours, you wouldn't believe how competitive (and vindictive!!) it can get!

travelmad Sat 17-Mar-18 19:56:36

We play a lot of 2 player games and our favourites are Pandemic, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, 221b Baker Street, Jaipur, Patchwork, Yahtzee and Sushi Go.

We found Ticket to Ride (Europe) a challenge to get our heads around as well - the rule book is long and not overly straightforward, but we watched a quick play through on Youtube which made it really clear. Definitely persist - its my favourite!

Chasingsquirrels Sat 17-Mar-18 19:57:10

I really like Tantrix

Chasingsquirrels Sat 17-Mar-18 20:03:09

And Sequence is enjoyable but untaxing

EyeDrops Sat 17-Mar-18 21:11:03


Star Wars: Empire vs Rebellion is fantastic

UnaOfStormhold Sat 17-Mar-18 21:29:17

Try the boardgamegeek website for reviews and recommendations. Dominion is a favourite here, so many possibilities. Carcassonne is good too.

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