Every year around Valentine's Day we start thinking about games for two players. Sitting down at a table with your significant other and taking some time away from the screens is always a great way to reconnect and have fun. And let's be honest, nothing says romance quite like crushing your loved one at a good board game!
When we think about games for two, we often think about games that have been designed ONLY for two players. There are a LOT of super games in that genre, but this year we wanted to highlight a few of our favorites that are good for two players, but which can also be played with more. It's great to have options!
Cosmic Factory - Boy, I am terrible at this real-time galaxy-building game, but it's so clever that I have a blast playing it anyway! Through five game rounds, each player tries to build and optimize their personal nine-tile galaxy in a limited time. You must rearrange your planets into different zones while trying to keep your asteroid path as long as possible. Cosmic Factory is easy to learn and play but tricky to play well, and is one of those rare games that plays from two to six players (yes, SIX players!) equally well.
The Voyages of Marco Polo - Dice allocation, variable player abilities, secret goals, multiple paths to victory... when it comes to meatier strategy games, The Voyages of Marco Polo has got it all. I can't tell you how many times Andre and I have played this game with just two players, and it continues to be one of our all time favorite games!
Dragon Castle - We're in a golden age of puzzle-y games that are delightful to play and lovely to look at. Azul and Sagrada are two of the best known of this type, but our personal favorite has got to be Dragon Castle. We just can't resist its chunky mah-jongg-style tiles and the absolutely beautiful artwork, and we always enjoy getting this game to the table. It's equally good with two, three, or four players. If you're a fan of Azul, you should definitely check out Dragon Castle!
The Legend of the Cherry Tree - What a fun, lovely game! The idea is that you're gathering cherry tree flowers, and making decisions about how many you want to collect and how you want to display them. If you get too greedy when you're collecting the flowers, you'll find yourself with fewer options. We really enjoy press-your-luck games like Celestia and the classic Incan Gold, but many in that genre are best with larger groups of players. It was a pleasant surprise to find that Legend of the Cherry Tree worked beautifully as a two player game!
And in case you're curious, here's a list of our bestselling 2-player-only games.
- 7 Wonders Duel
- Lost Cities
- Schotten Totten
- Twilight Struggle