Best Board Games for 2 Players

A selection of board games for 2 players

We thought we'd compile a quick list of board games for 2 players so that you can have an insight into what you board games you might want to play with your girlfriend, boyfriend, husband or just the person sat opposite you in the coffee shop.

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The Complete List of Board Games for 2 Players

Santorini

Kick started into life back in 2016, the board game Santorini is very quick to learn but will take an age to master. The basic premise of the game is get one of your workers on to the 3 level of a tower on the island of Santorini. These towers are being built and destroyed by you and your opponent so there is a constant struggle between trying to jump up levels of the towers whilst trying to prevent the other player doing the same. It is very enjoyable to play, like a simplified 3D chess game.

7 Wonders Duel

This is the excellent two-player version of the game, 7 Wonders and has two players building their own civilisation in ancient Rome. 7 Wonders Duel is card management over 3 rounds which define the eras of your civilisation. Both players must carefully collect resources in the first rounds to allow them to build in the latter stages whilst also trying to pick up the rewards points for other tokens and sets. This is one of the best 2 player games as it is designed for just two players!

Quadropolis

This is a very fun, strategy building game, simple to learn, quick to set up and done in around 30 minutes. Quadropolis is definitely a board game for 2 players as there are limited options as you build on your city board thus making the choices you make vital but also it's easier to try and block your opponent from completing building sets on their board.

Pandemic

Technically this may play better with more than 2 players, but Panedmeic is definitely a board game that you can play with 2. it is obviously harder with only two people but it doesn't detract from the gameplay, and you have to work harder to move around the board and clear the disease.

Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on a Cursed Island

This board game is also possible with 2 players and we've had many a fun night trying to stay alive, keep the fire going, build shelter and ward off rampant forest bears with just two players. Like Pandemic it is much harder and you are unlikely to win but it is still a lot of fun. Read The Board Game Box's full review of Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on a Cursed Island.

Century Spice Road

Century Spice Road is a lovely looking game with beautiful artwork on the oversized cards and satisfying cubes and cubes bowls that represent the spices. This board game is designed by Emerson Matsuuchi and distributed by Plan B Games and has players pretending to trade spice in the fifteenth-century, and each player competes for points as they buy and sell spices represented by coloured cubes. A board game that works well with two players as you aren't generally playing overly tactically as you tend to focus on your own spice collection.

Forbidden Island

Matt Leacock's great board game in a tin with tiles, trophies, tall timing devices. Forbidden Island is very simple to learn and one for 2 players with the fun of the game actually better because the board game is slightly harder with fewer players. The board itself is made up of tiles also means that there are many different starting layouts so it doesn't get repetitive.

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