20 Two Player Games to Play with Your Husband

A list of 20 Games for Two People You Can Play with your Husband!Do fun games for two people exist?

Absolutely! Best of all–finding a board game for two players can build your marriage. And here at To Love, Honor and Vacuum, we’re all about fun marriages!

This week we’ve been looking at the problems many couples run into because husbands play video games, or you both turn to other screens, out of habit, instead of spending time together.

So I thought I would write a post on games you can play with your spouse that need only two players!

In the evening, instead of turning to a screen, break out a board game. I’m only including 2 person games that require no technology, because I find that when you play a game away from a screen, you also tend to talk more, and thus build your relationship more.

Let’s start with ten different 2 player classic games, and then we’ll move to ten new board games you can play with two people:

Classic Two-Player Board Games

1. Puzzles – $10-$20

They’re actually quite fun! And you can talk while you do them. In fact, we just bought a coffee table just for this purpose. The top of the coffee table is on a mechanism that raises it when you want to do the puzzle, and lowers it when you’re finished.

So you can keep a big puzzle going for a few weeks until you’re finished!

2. Jenga – 12.99

I love this game! Yes, it’s loud, so it may not be ideal if you’re trying to get school aged kids to sleep. But it can be fun. Who is going to knock it over?

Basically it’s a tower with three blocks per level, with each level rotating 90 degrees. On each turn you have to remove a block from the lower levels and deposit it at the top, creating a higher and higher tower until gravity eventually takes its toll. I like it.

Lots of Recommendations for two player board games

Scrabble for Two Players3. Scrabble – $16.21

Remember those episodes of Family Ties where Alex and his dad would play Scrabble til the death, staying up until 3:00 in the morning? My in-laws are like that. Growing up in rural areas they played a ton of Scrabble , and it’s still fun!

Bananagrams Two Player4. Bananagrams – 11.50

Like Scrabble? Bananagrams is similar. You get letter tiles and form them into “crossword” type puzzles. But you don’t need a board, so it’s super portable. Going for a picnic with your husband? Take bananagrams along!

Classic Yahtzee for 2 Players5. Yahtzee – $12.02

The famous dice game. You just roll dice and get points for your combinations. If you roll them on a tea towel it’s not that loud, so you can play even when kids are asleep.

6. Dominoes – $17.99

Double Six Dominoes Two Player GamesA classic game available in all kinds of versions! Play the double 9s (or even double 12s) for added challenge. I always loved Dominoes as a kid. And my mother, who hates competitive games, claims that Dominoes is the only one she can play without breaking out into a cold sweat. So it’s a good two person game option when there’s an ultra-competitive spouse and a not-so-competitive spouse. This one doesn’t hurt as many feelings.

7. Backgammon, Chess, Checkers

They’re the old staples for a reason: they’re fun. That’s why they’ve lasted for generations! And it’s really easy to find sets with all three games in it.

Tons of ideas for two person games to play as a couple

Boggle Great Two Player Game8. Boggle – $9.99

I’m dangerous to play Boggle with because I’m just so good. :) Really. I haven’t had anyone beat me since my Uncle Steve when I was 9. But it’s a fun one, if a loud one (especially if the kids are trying to sleep).

9. Cribbage – $9.46

The best 2-player card game around!

Rummikub10. Rummikub – $10.39

Like rummy? Here’s a great tile version that’s super fun and doesn’t require much brain power. Fun to play on nights when you want to just relax together.

And now for some newer two-player games that you may not be as familiar with:

Travel Blokus11. Blokus for two – $36.96

This is one of my favourite games for two people! It only takes about 10-12 minutes, but you have tiles of all different shapes, and you have to put them down in a specific way. The first one to get rid of all their tiles (or to get rid of most before you’re both out of possible moves) wins.

We play it as a family (we have a 4-person version), but there’s also this two person version, and I really enjoy it. It’s not for the spatially challenged, mind you, unless you want to increase your spatial skills!

Hive Two Person Game12. Hive – $24.71

One of my new favorites–really unique, really challenging, and really fun. Like dominoes, with Hive you build your own game by putting the tiles together in different ways. It can be learned in just a few minutes, and the matches are really quick. It’s chess like strategy for two people, but much quicker to learn–and to play!

Carcassonne Basic Game 13. Carcassone – $26.99

One of my favorite party games, can be played with up to 6 people, but works fine with 2. It takes about half an hour. Basically you each select a tile on each turn that you place, creating a medieval city with roads and monasteries and farms. It’s hard to explain on a blog, but easy once you see it. I like it when we have people over because it doesn’t take long to explain. And because you create the terrain each time you play, it’s different every time, too! It also has lots of expansions you can buy to turn it into a different, and more complicated, game if you want.

Five Crowns 2 Player Card Game14. Five Crowns – $9.47

I love all the card games put out by SET, and this one’s awesome! You can play with two players, but it also works well letting the kids join in. It’s a strategy game that isn’t hard to learn, but it’s hard to stop playing once you start.

15. Xactica – 8.80

XacticaAnother card game put out by SET. It’s all strategy, and it’s really easy to learn. It’s fun with two, but again–it works well as a family game, too.

And if you like Xactica and Five Crowns, you can also buy all four of SET’s card games (including Quiddler and Set) together, as well.

'20081112-Dominion-6' photo (c) 2008, Chris Brooks - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/16. Dominion – $29.50

Here’s a fun game that changes every time you play! The game comes with dozens of different cards, each with different actions and results. But each game you choose only 10 cards, so the flavour of the game is always changing. This can be played with multiple players, too, but it also works with just two. It’s one of our new favourites, and it has several expansions to change the nature of the game as well.

17. Ticket to Ride – $36.99

Ticket To RideYour task is to build a railway connecting two cities. The hardest part? Choosing which routes to keep, and which to turn in. And then getting yours done before your spouse gets his completed! The original Ticket to Ride is North American based, but the expansions are for Europe, India, and Africa. Again, a game that can be played with many more players, but still works with just two. This is another of our big party games for when we have other people over.

18. Forbidden Island – $16.25

Forbidden Island Two PlayersThis card game has tons of strategy, but the nice thing is it only takes 30 minutes. You can learn it quickly, but there’s a ton of different scenarios you can play. And it was voted Mensa Favourite Game in 2010! So you can tell your hubby that if you guys play it it means you’re super smart. Not only that, but it’s a cooperative game, so if he’s super competitive (or you are) and that often makes two-player game nights end badly, then here’s a great alternative.

19. Forbidden Desert – 20.25

Forbidden Desert Two Player Board GameYou’re stranded in a desert, and you have to get out before you die of thirst–or something worse. Another cooperative game that’s full of strategy, and takes only about 30-45 minutes. If you’ve mastered Forbidden Island, this game is one-step up, with individual resource management and a board that’s always changing.

20. Pandemic – $29.67

Pandemic Board Game for Two PlayersA pandemic has broken out–and it’s your job to prevent it from spreading! This is a really engrossing, challenging game for couples who want something to sink their teeth into. You can play with 2-4 players, and each of you plays one specialist who can help defeat the disease. You have to find the four possible cures before the game is over.

And here’s the real bonus: it’s a COOPERATIVE game, not a COMPETITIVE game. So if either of you is a sore loser, choose this one! You have a goal and you work towards it together.

Chances are you already have at least some of these games in your games cupboard.

So here’s my challenge to you: why not pick one night of the week (or more, if you’re up to it) which is a “games night” for you and your hubby? Games nights are great for families in general, but they can also be fun just for you as a couple. And the more games you play together, the more you laugh together and the more you build relationships. It’s hard to do that in front of a screen. So go for it! Pick a two-person game, and start a new tradition.

What games for two people do you enjoy? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. We love Dominion! We even bought expansion packs to add a little more variety for when it was just the two of us. We also have just been introduced to Settlers of Catan, which is typically a four-player game, but I found a tutorial online for how to modify it for two players, so we may be buying that one soon.
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    • Oh, we have Settlers but I didn’t know you could play it with two. I can’t picture how that would work, because how could you trade for resources? But thanks for letting me know! I’ll look that up.

    • They make a couple of variations of Settlers that are intended for two players. However, my husband and I also have Settlers of Catan and Settlers of America and we found a way to modify both games. We do use the robber sometimes but usually we are nice to each other and let it float around on unused or desert tiles! For Settlers of America if anyone has it, it works well with two players if you each take turns building 3 cities each and attached rails on the unused purple spaces. You can play that you pay a gold to the bank to use them or just let them be free. We also play that we get double resources to make the game go faster and so you don’t have series of turns spent not building anything. Otherwise we just play the game normally.

      • Sheila’s a gamer! WooHoo! We’re everywhere!

        The two player rule we learned for Settler’s, and I’m not sure if we read it in the rule book or picked it up somewhere else, is each of you takes two colors, play from one hand, and play to 20 VPs total between your two colors. Trading isn’t that big a deal because you both go into every trade knowing that you’re each likely to get a point out of any trade and no one made out like a bandit on a trade unless the trade set them up for multiple points.

        We also have the Settler’s card game which is designed for just two players.

        We also love Dominion and Carcassone, and many of the other games that are popular among fans of the ones already mentioned, but finding ones with good two player rules can be tricky.

  2. We love to play Uno, Skip Bo and Monopoly together. My husband and I are both competitive, so playing games with each other turns out to be a lot of fun!

  3. Well, now I’m going to have to go shopping …
    A note: We received “Ticket to Ride” from a European coworker/friend last year — very much fun to play. The various versions, from our friend’s experience, have changed a bit with each introduction, and you can buy expansion packs … with actual, adult-size cards! Kids love it, too.

    Loving these suggestions. Where were you when I was putting together my husband’s gift of “Twelve Months of Date Nights” before Christmas? :)
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  4. Another great one is Quiddler. It’s sort of like a Scrabble/Phase 10 hybrid card game. Love the idea of game night!!
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    • Kari Romaine says:

      Yes! Quiddler is our favorite two-player game. It doesn’t take a lot of concentration, so even on a night you’re feeling “burnt out” it’s still fun!

  5. workinprogress says:

    We have a few card games we like to play, but what really makes it fun is that one of us will often declare, “Loser has to be on top” or “Winner gets to pick the position” :-) So, essentially, we both are winners!

  6. My husband and I rarely play games together, but we do lots of other things together. I would like to start playing games now and then. I do enjoy them. One of my favorites is Stratego. It’s a game for two players, and as the name implies it’s about strategy. You have lots of soldier pieces with different ranks and abilities and a “flag” that must be captured to win the game. But all the pieces look the same from the back so your opponent can’t tell what is what…until you attack another piece and must each tell the rank to see who wins the battle. You place the pieces on the board and move them around, capturing your opponent’s pieces, until someone captures the flag and wins.
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  7. We tend to play a lot of card games – Poker, Speed, Go Fish, War. We started this when we were dating and we still get a lot of joy of beating each other. :)

    We also love to play some of the Wii games against each other.
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  8. Heather P says:

    During the holidays, we played Monopoly and LIFE with our daughter. She is just learning how to play these games, so it teaches her and gives a family fun night instead of watching TV together.

  9. bananagrams.
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    • This is our favorite hands down! Once made the mistake of taking it into a pub with us, and my beer got warm :) Also, flux is downright zany and somewhat addicting. Not a ton of strategy to it though. You mostly play it because it’s one of those games where the rules can change, and part of the fun is putting together the most complicated, aggravating set of rules possible and watching your partner roll his eyes.
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  10. We play Sequence and Cross Cribb (a variation on Cribbage, has a board) quite a bit. One card game I haven’t seen on the list yet (I think) is Gin Rummy, it’s a great 2 player game. Another fun one is honeymoon whist.

    We don’t have kids and so we play a lot of games over dinner :)
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  11. Thanks for the ideas! Hubby and I love to play games, but tend to not play when it’s just the two of us. I grew up playing stratego and have taught my hubby to play, but dont think we own that one yet. Loving the suggestions for more two player games, they can be hard to find!

  12. There is actually a new two player settlers out! My husband and I just got it. I am sure you could modify the regular game, but the game makers did the work for you ( it is also cheaper than the regular game…I think we got ours for <20 in the US) One big difference is that there is no board, so it will be better for travel and playing on the go. We also like Abalone and speed scrabble. We cheat and use an iPad app, but Mancalla is also fun (and mobile, and good for all ages)

  13. Great list! I have a few to add :-) We do play Scrabble, and we enjoy puzzles very much. The more interesting the picture, the better. We have an X-Box with Kinect and before you stop reading wait! There are some great family and couple games – like Top Hand Rodeo (HILARIOUS to see your husband barrel racing!), Adventure Sports and Lego Games. We play Creationary by Lego – a wonderful game. You should try it – really!

    We also have iPad versions of some of these games for when we are travelling. A nice way to spend time and it encourages visiting and that is always good.
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  14. It was so awesome to see “Ticket to Ride” on here! We love that game & many of the other ones! However, we do play Ticket to Ride on the computer via the internet sometimes and are able to interract & encourage other people we meet! Lots of fun! My husband & I love playing games together!

  15. Julie in Houston says:

    THANK YOU! We’ve been looking for some fun 2-player games. Perfect!

  16. Jeana Phillips says:

    Our favorite is 500 Rummy. Thanks for reminding me how much fun it is to play with my husband. Sounds like a date night with a deck of cards is in our future!

  17. My hubby isn’t a board game kind of person but we both LOVE playing Phase 10 – it’s a great card game and great whether you have 2 people or a bunch of people-and since you just need a stack of cards it’s really inexpensive too! I’d highly recommend it!
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  18. Our family LOVES games and we have and play many of the ones listed. Excited to look up the two player Catan rules as our kids are heading off to college soon and it will just be hubby and I.

    Our favorite 2 person game is Five Crown. It’s an easy, quick card game. Very portable. We drop the kids off at youth group, hit Panera or a coffee shop, and play until it’s time to pick them up. :)

  19. Hope this doesn’t post multiple times, but internet is freezing up with the temperature, so I’m trying again. Our son (aka “the gamemeister”) has introduced us to many great games. My dh and I like to play Lost Cities, similar to Racko with a beautiful archeological theme. Ticket to Ride is an app for the iPad, with a great pass and play version–much faster and easy to take on trips. (Just don’t fling it at the flight attendant when your route gets blocked by accident or on purpose.) My husband has a computer game that he can get lost in, so appreciate your suggestions for ways to draw him out; am loving your blog and book. :)

  20. It’s difficult to find games we both like. I enjoy word games, and my hubby enjoys strategy games. We recently got Bananagrams, though. I also enjoy Battleship and Mastermind.

    But I hereby challenge you to a game of Boggle, Sheila! I’ll be ready for you. :)
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  21. My husband and I love playing board games, and most evenings find us winding down with a cup of tea and a game. It’s become our routine that once the little ones are in bed (4 months and 22 months), that I pick up the house a little and my husband puts on the kettle and sets up a game. I love having the time to connect, to quiet down, and to have a mentally challenging activity after changing diapers, doing laundry, cooking, housecleaning, dishes, diapers again, etc. all day. :) In addition to Carcassonne, Dominion, and Ticket to Ride (those are some of our favorites) we have a decent collection of other great strategy games that are specifically for two players. Here they are:

    -Hive – about 20 minutes, Hive is an abstract strategy game where you try to surround the opposing player’s queen bee tile while protecting your own queen bee
    -Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small – about an hour. It’s a small version of Agricola (see below) where you try to score the most points collecting and breeding various farm animals. One of my favorites.
    -Morels – 30-45 minutes. Morels was designed by a husband wanting two-player games to play with his wife (you can get it from Two Lantern Games). It’s all about mushroom hunting, collecting, and cooking to score points.
    -Battle Line – about 30 minutes. Battle Line is about playing sets of cards to beat your opponent’s sets to capture tokens set in a line. You win by collecting five tokens total or three in a row.
    -Lost Cities – a fairly easy game, again about collecting points by playing down cards. Multiplier cards either help you score lots of points, or make you lose lots of points (if you can’t get the other cards you need), so there’s an element of risk there.
    -Jaipur – again, probably 30 minutes or so. Jaipur is about collecting various types of “goods” cards (cloth, silver, gold, etc.) and trading them for points. I like the trading element that is made to work well with two players via the use of a central market.
    A Few Acres of Snow – at least 90 minutes. This is about the only war-time game I play; it’s reenacting the French-Indian war. It’s more complex than all the other games listed, but I actually got it and enjoy playing it if I’m not too tired from the day. :)

    A few more games that we often play as two players (but are also loads of fun with more players):
    -Bohnanza (bean duel variant) – fun, fun, fun! Trade your beans to collect enough of one type to harvest and turn into gold
    -Agricola (full version) – All about breeding animals, growing food, harvesting, and feeding your family members at the end of each round. A little more complex, but tons of replay value, and a lot of fun.
    -Troyes. Work together and for yourself building a cathedral, battling enemies, and gaining prestige. The inclusion of dice adds some chance to each turn, and a “virtual” player makes for less battling directly against your husband. :)
    -Stone Age (two-player variant) – Again, a game about growing your family and placing family members on various spaces to collect food, wood, stone, brick, gold, etc. in order to build houses and increase culturally.
    -Glen More (two-player variant) – A fun Scotland-inspired game about increasing your clan, by collecting tiles to place in your domain (similar to Carcassonne, but with some other elements). Use those tiles to collect sheep, grain (to turn into whiskey [we don’t drink, but this is not the central idea of the game so it’s not a big deal]), wood, stone, which you can then use to sell or buy castles or lochs.

    Ummm… I guess we’re a little geeky about all our games. Anyone in the Denver area want to come over and play with us?

    Most of these games are available on Amazon.com (where we buy most of our games). You can read all about these games and other ones on http://www.boardgamegeek.com.

    Hope that gives some ideas!!

    • It gives me great hope and happiness for having a family one day that you and your husband play games together with small ones in the house. Thanks for that! Also, excellent choices 😀

    • We love Agricola and Bohnanza, too, but I’ve never tried either with just two players! Maybe I will…I always liked Agricola but my girls didn’t, so it fell out of play in our family games nights. Maybe I’ll pull it out with just us!

    • Thanks for the suggestions! :) We love strategy games! San Juan, Citadels and Caesar and Cleopatra are also 2 player card games we enjoy.
      We love Ticket to Ride, Agricola (full version – I didn’t know of a smaller version but now we’ll have to check it out!), Pandemic.

  22. My husband isn’t much on playing games but he does like Scrabble and we are trying to reconnect right now so maybe trying a few of these he will be surprised and like a couple. I think Blokus sound pretty fun and he enjoys Tetris so it may be a good fit. Another good game for 2 to 4 players is Rummikub (http://www.amazon.com/Pressman-Toy-0400-06D-Rummikub/dp/B00000IZJB/ref=pd_sim_t_40) it is like the Rummy card game but with tiles. And Skip Bo is one of my favorites.

  23. We love to play Dutch Blitz! It is fast paced and very competitive, :)
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    • Mrs. Right says:

      Dutch Blitz is the store-bought version of Nertz, my favorite game for over 30 years. However, it isn’t much fun with just two people, especially when I always win. Get a table full and game on!

      I grew up playing games, and I’m very competitive as well. Hubby’s family didn’t play games, so it’s really difficult to talk him into playing a game with me. I’d go for Boggle or Scrabble, but he doesn’t want to play something I always win. We have found some card games we like, though. The only one I can think of at the moment is Spite and Malice which sounds bad but is kind of fun – some luck based on shuffle and deal of cards, but a bit of skill as well.

  24. Dominion is so awesome. My husband and I play very often — and I almost always win, which is good, because I am a wretchedly sore loser (God please help me with this). Also good for two people (though probably better with more): Fluxx, a card game where the rules constantly change, Pandemic: where you try to stop diseases from overtaking the globe (this one is cooperative, which is fun, but kind of depressing, because it’s easy to lose and have the diseases take over..), and Kingdom Builder, which I’ve only played once, but it’s a good time and rather Catan-esque.

    • I just got Fluxx for my birthday but haven’t tried it yet! I thought it was for more players, but hmmm… maybe we’ll have to pull it out tonight! We got Kingdom Builder for Christmas and have played it a couple times. Good stuff. Games are just a great way to connect as husband/wife, and also for breaking the ice with a larger group of people.
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      • Yeah, I would definitely say Fluxx is BETTER with more people, but it’s pretty fun (and sometimes pretty funny) with just two. Hope you enjoy it! And yeah, they really are. They make for some excellent memory-making. 😀

  25. Thanks for the suggestions! Last year we tried to start having a weekly game night. Some of our favorite games are in Monopoly Deal, Yahtzee, Pandemic, and Mille Bornes. We aren’t able to have our game night very week, but its a good way to reconnect, and we’ve made lots of fond memories. : )

  26. Love. this.

    My husband and I play a game called “Marbles” that is a homemade board game. We love it.
    We also play “Amish Dice” (called Farkle online, perhaps? We called it Amish dice growing up.) which is a fun game that doesn’t take too much brain power so we can visit and share about our day while we’re playing. :)
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  27. Crystal Goretti says:

    Thanks so much for these! My husband and I are newlyweds and have come to love playing games as a date night. Yet it took some brainstorming to find some other two person games besides cards! We are loving Blokus (very mind stretching) and Scrabble, the gardening edition, which lets you disobey the Scrabble rules with extra cards you receive during the game. Thanks for all the other suggestions! This is great!

  28. My husband and I play Wii Sports Resort together almost every night after the kids are down to bed. We usually have a few rounds of 100-pin bowling or Frisbee Golf… A lot of fun! We also really enjoy Scopa (an Italian card game) either the two of us or with another couple, and recently acquired Logos, a Trivial Pursuit style board game based on knowledge of different brands and products, which we also play a lot. If my darling is feeling especially generous he will play Othello with me, as it is an old favourite of mine and I usually win. 😉

    • I was in Italy some years back (ex husband was military) anyway we played an Italian card game with its own set of cards, but I can’t remember what it was called or how to play I wonder if it could be Scopa? Will you email me when you can an explain it to me? In the mean time I will go dig out the cards!

  29. We like Bananagrams, Monopoly Deal, Killer Bunnies, Set, and Wii games like Lego Harry Potter.

  30. Awesome. The wife and I used to play board games a fair amount but we haven’t lately. We really need to do some of that again.

    Still, no Twister? Seriously, folks? Given the regular discussion of how to get physically intimate, I was expecting to not be the first to mention good old Twister.

    Some of you people are slipping…

  31. My husband and I play Yahtzee and Farkle often! :)
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  32. Great list! But I will say, if your husband loves video games, it could be good to try to take an interest in them too — not to the exclusion of other ways to spend time together, but just as a show of love and bridging the gap. There are great 2-player games out there that are tons of fun, even for people who don’t play a lot of games. Any of the Mario Kart or Super Smash Bros. games, Little Big Planet Karting, NintendoLand, New Super Mario Bros. U, deBlob 2, Portal 2, and TONS more. It will make your husband feel good that you’re showing an interest in his hobbies, and it may make him more open to doing what you want to do sometimes. I think too often we expect him to just drop his hobbies to hang out with us, but we’re not willing to do the same. My husband has picked up reading a little bit because it’s something that I love, and in turn I’ve picked up some gaming with him. And yes, we play board games too, and do other things together, but we try to participate in each other’s hobbies when we can as well as looking for new hobbies for us to share. It helps us understand each other better, and it helps us feel validated.

    • I second Mario. Team Fortress 2 is a great game. Not very hard to learn and it can be cooperative if you get on the same team. Sometimes I’ll play his pocket medic. Minecraft, though, is the best. It’s a sandbox game, so basically you get on a server that contains a world you can explore full of all sorts of resources. People go on there and build just incredible castles and mining operations and basically whatever they can imagine.
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      • We have Minecraft, actually! He got it for me for Christmas. 😛 But we only have one computer so we can’t play it together. He does play it, just not at the same time as me. It gives us something else to talk about though. :)

  33. I grew up in a board gaming, card game playing family, where every family dinner and vacation always involved a round of Trivial Pursuit or Pinnocle (I would pretend to not know how to play every time and then snow them), an undoing of a puzzle where the five kids would gather around and put it together like a pack of reverse piranhas.

    My husband didn’t. He sees board games and puzzles as something to do when the power goes out. Lol :( He will play them when it’s a dire emergency, but how can I get him to play all the time? This feels like one of those big family vs. only child upbringing things.

    • Try suggesting having a game night as something to do, or as part of a date night. To get him interested (and to make things extra fun), you can say that the winner gets to pick _________ (whatever). Plan to have games as part of a date night. It truly is a nice way to connect and spend time with your spouse. My husband and I are pretty competitive, and playful game nights usually end with play time in the bedroom as well. 😉

  34. The ladies over at East Coast Creative have an idea for a game that really is meant for just two: The Game of Love 😉


  35. I just bought Ticket to Ride for a date night in for my hubby and me! It has great reviews online, and I’m excited to try it out. I also ordered a train movie from the library, am going to set up a little table to look like a dining car, and found train sounds and music on Spotify. Hello, Train Date! :)
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  36. I love dominion and ticket to ride!!! Good picks!!

  37. Mancala is also a fun game for two. I have seen boards on sale for about $3. Uno is also a fun family favorite.
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  38. I don’t think I could get Hubby to play board or card games with me, but we do a lot of Wii & Wii U games: RockBand 3, Nintendo Land, any Lego games, Boom Blox, etc…

    We also play Starcraft on the computer. We play Starcraft a lot when Hubby is traveling. We talk on our cell phones as we play. Great way to connect & have fun together while miles & miles apart!
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  39. There’s a card game my husband and I used to play but haven’t in quite some time: Skip-Bo. It’s a cute game for two or more players, but my husband got the idea one day (before our children were born) to pay a version of it called “Strip-Bo,” with the loser of each round having to remove an item of clothing. Of course, you know what he hoped for…but the funny thing was that, at the end of the game, he sat there naked and I was almost fully clothed because I won almost every round. He “won” shortly thereafter in another way, though. :^)
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  40. Yahtzee and dominoes is two games we play a lot. The other night we stayed up tip 1 just playing yahtzee and spending quality time.

  41. My husband and I tend to watch movies and TV in the evening, and we don’t bring out the card and board games as often as we could. And we have a lot to choose from! We especially enjoy The 80s Game, Name That Tune – The 80s Edition, Trivial Pursuit (we probably have five versions, including the new Classic Rock one), Scene It (we have a few versions of that, too, including a sports one) and Bananagrams.

  42. We always enjoyed playing Mastermind. Haven’t played just the two of us for too long. I had just thought about doing this the day before reading this article. I love this and all the ideas. Thank you!

  43. Barbara S says:

    We’ve been married 43 years. Very early on we bought a Hoyles card game book and found Gin Rummy as a two person card game. Game on! We’ve played off and on all this time. We will start a game and keep score for a year. Then start again. Easy and quick to play a hand or two at dinner, or even before turning in for the night. Right now I’m behind by about 200 points. But I still have till September to take over!

  44. My husband and I like to play phase 10 together. Sometimes we have a picnic at a local park and we make sure to take that game with us. Or sometimes we will throw a frisbee :-)

  45. Stephanie says:

    We have Blokus for four players. We modify it for two players by playing two colors each or by not using the outer two rows of tiles, therefore shrinking the board. A few more that we enjoy are
    -Bang-there is a modification of playing two characters each on the bang blog
    -Ratuki-a fun fast game for 2 to 5
    -Sentinels of the Multiverse-a little involved, but it’s a co-op game (good for the highly competitive like us-work TOGETHER to defeat the monster instead of defeating one another)
    -Battleship is my favorite

  46. Canasta is a favorite of ours. Easier to play with the actual Canasta deck, but can play with 2 regular decks.

  47. This is a great thing to share. A couple that my game player hubby and I also like are Qwirkle and Mille Bornes. Qwirkle is probably my favorite as you can easily chat while playing it. Mille Bornes is a French card game that is small and easy to take along on a trip. Both of these games are easy to learn while still competitive and our entire family of game players likes them. Thanks for the great post.
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  48. We really like Spot-It. It’s nice because it’s a game that can also be played with young kids (we play with our 4 year old and just make a rule to slow us down that we have to find – without saying it – what the matching symbol on her card is before we can find ours) or with a larger group, but works just as well with just 2 players. It’s also in a small container so it’s an easy one to take with you on a trip or to take to someone’s house to play and it’s very quick to learn (good for those of us with young kids and not much brain power for following tons of rules). It also comes with a bunch of variations so you don’t get bored of one way of playing.

    We also like Quirkle and Ticket to Ride and Carcassone. Or should I say, I do. Sadly, I’m much better at games than my husband because I grew up playing more games than he did. We’re always on the hunt for new ones to try so we’ve tried a lot of games this way.

  49. This is a really good list, but I have to giggle. We’ve never had a Carcassone game last a half hour. They are usually way way longer. But we’ve got quite a few of the expansions.

    My problem is that I love word games, and my husband likes strategy games. He actually gave me a compliment the other day when he said, “you are just SO good at word games.” But we usually end up playing something like Magic: the Gathering or Monopoly.

    But this is a really good list to start off with. Thank you for the ideas. 😀
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  50. So, this is a homemade game for 2 that I just came across on another blog. I was hoping you would share with your readers before February to give time to make it for valentines day. It’s a fantastic and inexpensive idea and goes along with what you teach about keeping marriage alive and intimate. 😉 I hope you’ll share! http://www.realhousewivesofbuckscounty.com/2012/01/perfect-valentine-gift-game-of-love.html?m=1

  51. Laura, I just made that game yesterday for my husband’s Valentine gift! Totally fun to make — even made “chance” cards similar to Monopoly.

    Terrific idea!
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  52. For Elizabeth, here is the Wikipedia link that gives a complete overview of Scopa including pictures of the Italian deck of cards used. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scopa

  53. We love a lot of those games, too! The newest game that we found (in a group) was 7 Wonders. We weren’t sure how it would work to play with just two players, but we found it to be just as fun! It looked complicated because you actually play a dummy third player, but it was actually really easy.

    Like some others have said, we also play computer games together as those are my husband’s first love. He’s actually gotten me into several computer games (like Civilization), but my favorite thing is still to just watch as he plays King’s Quest RPG style games. I know he appreciates it when I show interest in the things he’s interested in.

  54. We love playing dominion. Ticket To Ride as well (though we usually don’t have the time to pull that one out). I keep meaning to buy Carcassone, have only played it once.
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  55. I am so impressed with your list and all of the comments! (I definitely expected to see a lot of the old standard board games listed.) My husband has hundreds of games (it is his major hobby), and we play often – sometimes a little too often for me, but I do agree with you that it is a great way to connect away from a screen! Good job (and he would be MORE than happy to give you recommendations, if you are looking for new games). :)

  56. I tried to review all the responses before commenting. There were a lot so I hope I did not miss this… But my hubby and I are looking for game apps we can play on our phones/ipads where we take turns. We have something called dice with buddies that is like yhatzee. We used to pay Draw something, but it was not working well last time I checked. Any other app games where we can just take turns any time of day on our own phones?

  57. we like fluxx, zombie fluxx, settlers of catan, killer bunnies is fun
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  58. Stacey says:

    I actually really dislike games. I always have. But we do have a game that hasn’t been mentioned that I think is very cool. It’s set up kind of like Monopoly. But it’s a game just for couples. It’s called the Discovery game. Not sure if its currently being made though. http://thediscoverygame.com/

  59. I love this! My husband and I love playing games and play almost everyone you have listed in the new category together. Here are some I would like to add:

    Forbidden Island: great player against the game for the couple that gets too competitive. Collect the elements before the island sinks.

    Word on the Street: come up with words from different categories to get the most letters on your side of the street. Great for families too!

    Settlers of Catan: in the barbadian expansion, they have two player rules. Also plenty of variations to keep you hooked.

    Castle Panic: another player against the game. Save your castle from the monsters and watch out for boulders!

    Thanks for the great post. Also fun, to invite another couple over for a game night!

  60. Thanks for sharing all of these awesome games to play with family Sheila. My favorite are domino and chess by the way. I also like playing card games with my family when we’re bored and want to kill the time. I also agree with you. Playing games that doesn’t require technology or screen is way much better with family because our concentration will not be focused on the screen, so that way, we can talk or discuss something with our family along the game.
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  61. Monopoly Deal
    cheap, easy and addictive. Great for 5 people as well as for two at date night.

  62. Catherine says:

    Qwirkle is a quick fun game. Lay your tiles down like scrabble but they are 6 different shapes of 6 different colors. When you place your tiles down they can be all the same color but a different shape, or all the same shape but a different color. Great with foreign exchange students with limited English. Kids and adults can play.

  63. Laura Macdonald says:

    My husband and I also like to play Connect 4 (4 in a Row) and Othello. I usually win but he must like the challenge and satisfaction when he does finally win 😛 Another good one is Bananagrams.

  64. Hi there,

    Lost Cities has been named here a few times and I will add my voice here. It is a great game. Most importantly, it is a game that everyone loves. So get a copy!

    If you are not sure, then try it online! There is a great tutorial on Happy Meeple (www.happymeeple.com/en/) and if you like it you can carry on playing there against other players. But be warned! It is very addictive.

    On Happy Meeple, you can also try lots of two-player modern board games (modern card games, modern dice games) and they all come with quick tutorials. Happy Meeple is beginner-friendly so you won’t get lost. The board game world can sometimes be intimidating, but you will feel comfortable on Happy Meeple.


  65. We play Boggle, Monopoly, Scrabble and Password…plus a few hands of Gin Rummy.

  66. I know I am way late to this, but I had to post a comment because my husband and I LOVE games and finding 2 player games can be a challange! We use to own a game store, and we love finding games that are a little more unusual. So without repeating anything that was already listed:
    SmashUp is fun (and you can start with a cheaper two player set and then buy expansions for adding more players if you like it)
    King of Toky
    Love Letters (I avoided this one at first because I thought it was going to be along the lines of sex dice, it isn’t at all!!!! It’s a actual game with strategy!)
    We love the original Brawl (I don’t know if it’s still being made.)
    I like Swish
    Cosmic wimp out
    Instinct (this is old and might not be made anymore.)
    Mermaid Beach (this one was developed by a little girl and it is kind of like old maid with extra rules.)
    Lego Magikus (we like to see how many rounds we can play while dinner is in the oven)
    And as an extra there is a video game I have to mention. It’s called ilomilo. This is probably the most adorably romantic puzzle game ever. It’s a download for Xbox and it requires cooperation and communication and since the object is to get the two characters that have been seperated back together everyone wins!!

  67. Thanks so much for this post! There isn’t room in the budget for date nights, so hubby and I like to play games together after the kids go to bed. We like Mastermind, Milles Borne, and Yahtzee, but I am always looking for new games to add to the collection. Perfect timing with Christmas coming up. Thanks, again!
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  68. A lot of these board games can be very expensive to buy new, but I have found that they are often really cheap at thrift shops or yard sales. If pieces are missing, keep an eye out for a second game to make it up with, or search online. It really is possible to get odd bits and pieces from ebay! There are also lots of websites that can supply the rules if those are missing (or in a foreign language!) I know, this is how I have built up our collection of family games 😉

  69. My husband seemingly does not like board games. He says, “They are called “bored” games for a reason”. I would love, love, love to be able to have a game time with him, but he is never interested in doing this. In my house growing up my parents played board games with us and also just between themselves (especially Yatzee!). Should I give up on this idea of games for me and my husband or still try to get him to see they really are fun and not boring?


    • Sara, what about trying in a larger group? Like with 4 or 5 people when you have friends over? If he can play some in a more social setting he may understand how fun they are. A lot of people grow up thinking that board games are just Monopoly, Sorry, and Life, and so their view is skewed. If you could try some of the newer ones then maybe he would have fun?

      But if he just doesn’t like them, then you’ll have to find something else to do together I’m afraid!

    • He might like a different kind of board game. I suggest searching for the nearest good game store in your area (or take a weekend trip to where one is nearest) and let him browse. I bet he finds one he likes!

  70. Clarice says:

    Try Suspend!! The best way to describe it is to compare it somewhat to Jenga. Although it is not like it…. Look it up cause it is SO FUN!! You can play with up to 4 people and it is so easy to set up and so addictive! We also play Battleship which is awesome.

  71. Alexandra says:

    I love playing games! My husband, however, absolutely refuses. He says they are called “bored” games for a reason. What can I do to either convince him other wise, or what else can we do together? He works evenings. If he comes home at a decent time we usually watch a movie. On weekends we watch a movie at night or just go to bed early. But definitely not a game which I would absolutely love to do!

  72. Boggle? Only if the kids are around. The rest of the time I much prefer strip Boggle! It goes fairly fast since you only have 3 minutes to find words in each round.

  73. BoardGameKing says:

    Good list!

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