Top 5 best two player board games

Top 5 best two player board games

We all have those nights where our game group can struggle to breach the two player boundry. The only fix for this situation is to be equipped with two player board games! “What are the best two player board games?” You might ask me. Well, since you did(‘nt) ask I’ll tell you what I think! With two player board games it is a matter of finding games that either max out at playing with 2 players (and does it well) or does a fantastic job articulating gameplay for 2 players. Luckily, I spend a lot of my nights being a party of 2, so we’ve organized our game on my shelf from what works for 2 players and what does not.

I can’t help but suggest these following 5 for my listof Top 5 best two player board games

two player board games

Star Realms

Star Realms is a spaceship combat deck-building game that was developed by Darwin Kastle (who brought us Cthulu Realms) and definitely tests the tide of time. Although it’s been a year since it’s release I continue to play it. It is a game that can easily be picked up and completed within minutes. With four factions all interlacing with each other, it is easy to compile cards and commence a devastating blow to your opponent. First one to lose all their authority loses!

two player board games

two player board games

Sushi Go!

When it comes down to quick and easy two player board games I can’t stress Sushi Go! enough.  This is a Super fast pace card game about grabbing the best dishses (out of your hand of cards) to have the most totalled points at the end of each round. Combine wasabi with Nigiri for bonus points, or play puddings to strategically gain more points towards the end game results. While fast, be wary when selecting cards as your hand will be rotated to your opponent, which can result in them getting a card they needed to win.

two player board games

two player board games

Memoir ’44

Interestingly enough, one of the best two player board games has to be Memoir ’44. Now, I may not be the only one who wasn’t interested in the war game genre. Memoir ’44 is definitely an exception as I have become hooked. With over 15 different battle scenarios and a double sided hex board for play, expect a very tactical deployment of infantry, tanks, and artillery. Why so good? It is specifically designed for 2 players and offers simple mechanics with a lot of strategy inolvement.

two player board games

two player board games

Boss Monster

What would this list of two player board games be without Boss Monster. This game pits all the players in the game in the position of the last boss of a dungeon. Yes, you are fighting heroes. A town full of them actually. They are attracted to your golds, magics, and spells. So use cards to build the most depraved dungeon and kill of heroes to make your coin. It plays with more players than 2 but I find this game perfect for 2 players.

two player board games

two player board games

The Builders: Middle Ages

The Builders: Middle Ages. This is a worker placement card game that pits worker stats (capentry, masonry, architecture, tilery) into buildings. The players score points by developing buildings and gaining money. To complete a construction, hire workers to fullfil the construction requisite. What I found perfect about this game is the pacing for 2 players. The game is set up by having buildings and workers between both opponents readily available to pick up and hire. Each player will take turns playing 3 actions (taking builings/workers, hiring workers to building, taking money. While they game plays for up to 4 players, 2 players looks and plays well.

two player board games

 

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Joseph Nicholas

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Indietabletop. Communication major. Favorite mechanics include: Bluffing and Deduction, modular boards, and action point allowance. Favorite video game genres are Rpgs, Puzzles games, and Sim/Tycoons.

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