What are the best two-player tabletop board / card games?

Of all the questions we get asked at Gameapalooza Australia “what are the best two-player games” is probably one of the most frequent. This generally comes down to all our hipster friends not having children and wanting to play together at home, whilst listening to Miles Davis, or Arcade Fire, because HIPSTERS! But we digress, two-player tabletop games are great, because whether you are a hipster or not, chances are there will be times when there’s just two of you and you’ll want to play a board game or card game.

Because we adore you – you cheeky little internet hugging mite – we have compiled a list of “THE BEST TWO-PLAYER TABLETOP GAMES” (in caps, because we are saying it really loud). So, let’s crack on shall we gamers?

Some of the best 2-player tabletop games available…

“Ascension” is a deck building game, so if you don’t like deck building give this a swerve, if you don’t mind them, this 1 to 4 player game plays great as a two player title.

“Carcassonne” is playable by two players, even though it’s a 2 to 5 player game (and some might argue it plays better with 3 or more).

The Castles of Burgundy great in Two PlayerThis and actually Castles of Mad King Ludwig… so much two player goodness! And Castles!

“Castles of Burgundy” is another great game for two players, sure it’s meant for 2 to 4 players, but unlike some other games the two-player version can actually be more fun than the larger groups.

“Dungeon Heroes” is a great two player game for those who like their dungeon crawlers. If you’re a poor lonesome solitary type, you can even play it solo!

“Forbidden Island” is a 2 to 4 player game and again, plays well with the full accompaniment, but there’s still fun to be had with just two players. Sister game “Forbidden Desert” is also good with two players (and is a 2 to 5 player game).

“Guillotine” is a 2 to 5 player card game that plays pretty well as a two player offering. It doesn’t have a whole lot of depth, but if you’re looking for a little game to pass some time, this is it (our Guillotine review).

Jaipur two-player card game - Gameapalooza 2-player pick!Everytime we take out Jaipur someone starts singing that Slumdog Millionaire song.

“Jaipur” though not full of thematic depth is a great two player game for beginners and veterans alike. If you’re after a good two-player card game, try this one.

“Lost Cities” is by far one of the coolest two player tabletop games available, why the game itself was designed to be played by 2 players!

“Love Letter” is a game we’ve found doesn’t immediately grab everyone, but when it does you’re in for the win. It’s a 2 to 4 player card game, but works well with just two. Also comes in various themed forms.

“Pandemic” is quite possibly our top pick for a great two-player game, you still get the depth, you just get less people saying “It’s SPREADING, OH MY GOD EVERYONE IT’S SPREADING!!”, okay sometimes you still do. (our Pandemic review).

“Seasons” is a 2 to 4 player game, but like some of the others listed here it plays well as a two player game, but it’s not a tiny card game so there’s that.

“Splendor” is a 2 to 4 player game that actually plays pretty great with just two players. If you don’t have this one in your collection… what’s wrong wit you? (our Splendor review).

“Ticket to Ride” definitely plays better with 3 to 5 players (in our humble opinion), but that’s not to say there isn’t fun to be had in a two player game.

And that fellow gamers is your lot!

What more do you want from us… get outta here… but come back… come back soon, because we’re all tabletop gamers, so we gotta stick together.