What Are The Best 2-Player Board Games?

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Do you love playing board games but never have enough people to play them? This article is full of our favorite 2 player board games so you don’t have to worry about inviting that weird couple from across the street over to your place just so you can play your favorite game. We discuss some of our favorite 2-player games including a brief overview of how to play, any cons we have, price, age restrictions and more.

What makes us experts in this category? We’re glad you asked! Cover Story Media (parent company to Exploring Life’s Mysteries) is a virtual team but we get together once every quarter for “company retreats”. Besides work, we also spend our evenings playing the latest games. We’ve played these games with large and small groups and found that many of these are great 2 player board games. So, let’s get started so you can start playing these fun games!

Libertalia Review

Libertalia#1

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Libertalia is our winner for best 2-player board games. It can be a bit tricky to learn at first, but once you learn it you’ll be addicted. We suggest watching some video tutorials to help you learn how to play the game. It’s a fun game that is great for two players but you can also add additional players (up to 6). The one downside is that not all of the rules are included in the game so you may have to look some rules up online. Here’s a brief overview of the game. The game is played with 3 campaigns over a period of 6 days. Doubloons are drawn at random and placed on each day. The number of players will determine the number of doubloons placed. Each player plays a pirate card in an attempt to obtain the most doubloons in that campaign. Did I lose ya there? Yeah, it’s a bit confusing to understand and a bit difficult to explain so we definitely suggest taking advantage of video tutorials.

  • Price$41.61
  • Number of Players: 2-6
  • Age: 14+
  • Play Time: 45 minutes
  • Year Released: 2012

How To Play Libertalia

Here’s a run-through of how to play Libertalia. It’s confusing to learn on your own but watching someone else play it can help you learn how to play.

Catan Card Game Review

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Settlers of Catan is a blast to play but sometimes it can be difficult to get enough players. That’s why Catan Card Game is a great solution. The Card Game is a bit more complicated than the Settlers game but if you’ve played Settlers, then it will be easier to transition to the card variation. Each player places two settlements, one road and six regions to start the game. If your region number is rolled you receive resources for that region (same as Settlers).  Resources are used to add new cards to your settlements. Where it varies are the different action cards like The Black Knight, Arsonist and Merchant. The goal is to be the first player with 12 victory points. The game can last longer than expected, so be prepared for an intense game.

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  • Number of Players: 2
  • Age: 10+
  • Play Time: 60-90 minutes
  • Year Released: 1996

Wit’s End Board Game Review

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Wit’s End is a trivia based game with questions in different forms including true/false, analogy and sequence (ordering things from smallest to biggest, oldest to youngest, etc.). Players start at the outer part of the game board and work their way in toward the center. They move closer by answering questions correctly, or they could be demoted spaces for incorrect answers. The first player to reach the center wins the game.

  • Price$28.95
  • Number of Players: 2-6
  • Age: 12+
  • Play Time: 60 minutes
  • Year Released: 1995

What Are The Best 2 Player Board Games?

When we were writing this article we had a tough time picking a top 3. Aren’t all games fun?! So even though these didn’t make our “favorites” they are still fun games to play when you’ve only got two players.

Cranium Hoopla | Pandemic

Cranium Hoopla Review

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Cranium Hoopla is a timed version of Cranium. Players are dealt four cards which depict people, places or objects. Players take turns rolling the die to decide which types of clues can be given. They then try to get the other player(s) to guess what their card is. There are 4 types of clues possible to help describe your card: cloodle (drawing and doodling), tongue-tied (using alliteration), soundstage (acting or sound effects) or tweener (giving hints like “it’s louder than blank but quieter than blank“). What’s unique about this game is that everyone is a winner since you all must work together to guess the cards in play. So, if someone’s a sore loser this is a good option for you 😉 .

  • Price$25.15
  • Number of Players: 2+
  • Age: 13+
  • Play Time: 20 minutes
  • Year Released: 2002

Pandemic Board Game Review

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Diseases have broken out around the world and it’s up to you to treat them by researching the cures before they get out of hand. During your turn, you can do up to four things: travel between cities, treat infected areas, discover a cure or build a research station. Cards give you the ability to do these things, but be careful, included in the deck are Epidemic! cards, which accelerate diseases. Each player has a specialty and it’s up to you to come up with a strategy on how to stop the spread of these diseases. If a disease spreads too far, everyone loses, But, if you cure all 4 diseases you all win. This is also a good option for anyone who’s a “sore loser” since everyone wins together.

  • Price$21.60
  • Number of Players: 2-4
  • Age: 8+
  • Play Time: 45 minutes
  • Year Released: 2007

What 2-Player Games Do You Like To Play?

In case you were wondering, the World Record for longest board game played ever by two players was set in June 2012 by Brett Carow and Sam Hennemann in New York for 61+ hours!

We bet (and hope) that you’ve never played quite that long but we also bet there are tons of other 2-player games that you wish we’d covered here. If you have a favorite, suggest it to others in the comment section!

What do you think is the best 2 player board game of all time?

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Kimberly is always up for an adventure. She’s used to living out of a suitcase and travels consistently. Her first time out of the country was to Thailand, where she spent 4 1/2 months traveling throughout southeast Asia. Kimberly enjoys exploring new places and diving into new cultures. While Kimberly isn’t traveling you can find her trying a new recipe in the kitchen, spending time outside or just lounging at home.

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