What are the best two-player tabletop board / card games?
Of all the questions we get asked at Gameapalooza Australia âwhat are the best two-player gamesâ 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 thereâs just two of you and youâll 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 âTHE BEST TWO-PLAYER TABLETOP GAMESâ (in caps, because we are saying it really loud). So, letâs crack on shall we gamers?
Some of the best 2-player tabletop games available…
âAscensionâ is a deck building game, so if you donât like deck building give this a swerve, if you donât mind them, this 1 to 4 player game plays great as a two player title.
âCarcassonneâ is playable by two players, even though itâs a 2 to 5 player game (and some might argue it plays better with 3 or more).
This and actually Castles of Mad King Ludwig… so much two player goodness! And Castles!
âCastles of Burgundyâ is another great game for two players, sure itâs meant for 2 to 4 players, but unlike some other games the two-player version can actually be more fun than the larger groups.
âDungeon Heroesâ is a great two player game for those who like their dungeon crawlers. If youâre a poor lonesome solitary type, you can even play it solo!
âForbidden Islandâ is a 2 to 4 player game and again, plays well with the full accompaniment, but thereâs still fun to be had with just two players. Sister game âForbidden Desertâ is also good with two players (and is a 2 to 5 player game).
âGuillotineâ is a 2 to 5 player card game that plays pretty well as a two player offering. It doesnât have a whole lot of depth, but if youâre looking for a little game to pass some time, this is it (our Guillotine review).
Everytime we take out Jaipur someone starts singing that Slumdog Millionaire song.
âJaipurâ though not full of thematic depth is a great two player game for beginners and veterans alike. If youâre after a good two-player card game, try this one.
âLost Citiesâ is by far one of the coolest two player tabletop games available, why the game itself was designed to be played by 2 players!
âLove Letterâ is a game weâve found doesnât immediately grab everyone, but when it does youâre in for the win. Itâs a 2 to 4 player card game, but works well with just two. Also comes in various themed forms.
âPandemicâ is quite possibly our top pick for a great two-player game, you still get the depth, you just get less people saying âItâs SPREADING, OH MY GOD EVERYONE ITâS SPREADING!!â, okay sometimes you still do. (our Pandemic review).
âSeasonsâ is a 2 to 4 player game, but like some of the others listed here it plays well as a two player game, but itâs not a tiny card game so there’s that.
âSplendorâ is a 2 to 4 player game that actually plays pretty great with just two players. If you donât have this one in your collectionâ¦ whatâs wrong wit you? (our Splendor review).
âTicket to Rideâ definitely plays better with 3 to 5 players (in our humble opinion), but thatâs not to say there isnât 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.