Finding games for just you and a partner can be tricky sometimes. Here are several we’ve found, to help you choose the perfect game for your one on one game night.
This game is great for on-the-go. It comes (you guessed it) a banana shaped pouch. Dump out a chocie of 21 letters and see who can build the most words in the least amount of time. It can be played anywhere. Whether you’re meeting a friend at a bar, hanging out in the park or relaxing in the comfort of your own home, Bananagrams can be set up and played in a matter of minutes. It’s a game of speed and spelling.
You’ll enjoy this game if - you’re a spelling nerd, love Scrabble, work quickly and love to shout the word Peel!
A classic game that promises a loud crash at the end, Jenga has been around since the 1970's. It requires strategy, dexterity, finesse, and a whole lot of luck. It's fun with a group or just with your mate. This classic, is one that never gets old.
You’ll enjoy this game if you have very precise hands, think physics or architecture is fun, or if you like watching things go boom.
With many different editions and variants to fit your specific taste and style, Fluxx is a card game that is never the same twice. The rules are dictated by the cards drawn and how the players choose to play them. The more rules in play, the wilder the game can become. Fluxx can be a tame easy game or it can be out of control silly. It’s entirely up to you. Different editions include Zombie Fluxx, Pirate Fluxx, Nature Fluxx, Stoner Fluxx and many more.
You’ll enjoy this game if - you like making rules, are good at following rules, or if you just like to causing game chaos.
“A card game for people who like kittens and explosions” This tagline speaks for itself. Exploding Kittens is a lot of fun so long as you can defuse those kittens in time. Luckily, there are cards that include things like ‘belly rubs’, ‘laser pointers’ and ‘catnip’ to keep those exploding kittens at bay. There are expansion packs available to make this game feel fresher after you’ve defeated all of the kittens. This game is highly strategic and
mixed with a lot of kitten cuteness, this game is such a crowd pleaser. It was the most-funded project in Kickstarter history.
You’ll enjoy this game if - you like kittens, you like explosions, you like strategic card games with very cute imagery.
Code Names is a fun game that is perfect for two but can become a completely different game with four or more. It’s a word game that involves a lot of creativity and a bit of strategic thinking. Imagine you’re a secret agent and the only way to find your fellow agent is by their code name. The trick is you only get a one word clue. Just remember to be careful, there’s an assassin out there.
You’ll enjoy this game if - you like spies and secret agents, you are very clever with words, or if you like a game that has many different variants. There are special editions that involve Marvel Heroes, Disney characters and more.
For the medical nerd in all of us is the game Organ Attack. The object of this game is simple: destroy all of your opponents organs before they can destroy yours. Don’t worry if you’re not a medical professional, this game is super easy to learn and so much fun to play. If you want to destroy your competitors Heart card, just give them the condition known as Love. If you want to get rid of your opponents Eyes card, just give them the condition known as Conjuntivitis. Who knows? You might even learn something after it’s all over.
You’ll enjoy this game if - you have a dark sense of humor, enjoy biology or if you like to look a cute pictures of Lungs and Trachea.
A true two-player game, Lost Cities is perfect for the new board gamer in your life. The rules are simple, the components are few but the game requires strategy. Be the first to uncover the archaeological sites and if you’re daring, bet on your success. But be cautious - the highest score after only 3 rounds wins. A game that blends travel with resource planning, Lost Cities is a perfect game for date night.
You’ll like this game if - you or your partner is a first time gamer, you love to travel or explore, or if you are very adept at planning ahead.
Do you have what it takes to save the world from raging viruses? In this cooperative game, that’s the question at hand. You must work with your teammate(s) to stop the infections from spreading and ultimately cure and eradicate the virus. You will assume the roles of Medic, Researcher, Scientist and more. There are many spin-offs available of this game as well as expansion packs. It can be a challenging game but the reward of winning together is pure magic.
You’ll like this game if - you want to play cooperatively not competitively, are skilled at working on a team or if you think diseases are yucky and want to save the world.
Ticket to Ride
Do you like to travel by train? In this very popular game, the object is to see who can travel to the most cities in North America in just one week. Using cards and different types of trains, connect your routes and make it across the continent. This game has excellent replayability value, it’s a different game each time you play. The game has shorter rounds with fewer players. It's easy to learn but it will take a lot of strategy to master. Also makes a great game to play with family!
You’ll like this game if - you enjoyed the game Settlers of Catan, you like to travel or enjoy trains, if you or your partner is a casual new player
OK Play is a simple tile game at first glance but is more complex than it seems. Be the first to get five tiles in a row. Turn by turn, each player puts down one tile of whichever color they choose. Whoever gets five in a row, wins. Easy right? This game requires blocking, sneaking and thinking ahead. It’s easy to transport. You can pop it into your bag and have it ready to play on your next date night.
You’ll like this game if - you like easy to learn games, you like chess or Connect Four, and if you like an easy to transport game you can play at the bar or in the park.
Overall finding a game for two can be challenging. However, when you find the right game it will end to endless rematches and fun for hours. Let us know your favorite two player games below.