It’s no secret that we are a GAME family.
We have a big game closet in our basement playroom, but our favorites almost never go downstairs and instead keep up a semi-permanent residence on our dining room bookshelf because they get used almost daily.
After my last post about some of our favorite board games, I got a lot of requests for games for 2 people.
A chance to talk more about our favorite games? COUNT ME IN.
These games are perfect for 2 people and ones that Bart and I play on our own after the girls go to bed or that my two older girls can play together or that I play with just one of my girls.
Our Favorite Games for 2 People
Ticket to Ride
This was the game that really got Bart and me hooked on playing games with just the two of us. I remember lots of winter weekend mornings playing Ticket to Ride during our first year of marriage. Sometimes, just to switch things up, we each take two sets of trains and two main missions.
I mentioned I was working on this post and listed this game and Bart said, “Have you ever played it with just two people?” Clearly he hasn’t, but Ella and I play this one together frequently.
Cover Your Assets
This was DEFINITELY our game of 2019 and it’s such a good one because even my 4 year old can play very well, and you can have a big group or play with just 2 people. And it’s fast (usually 10 minutes) and portable. We’ve played many a game of Cover Your Assets on vacation or waiting for our oil to get changed.
This isn’t one I’d play with other adults, but for a kids game, it’s remarkably enjoyable and also quick to play.
Settlers of Catan
In Arizona, when Ella had half-days every Wednesday, we’d spend an hour or so together of special time and almost always, she chose Settlers. I actually prefer playing it with 2 people because the board doesn’t get so clogged up.
This is one of our favorite games when we just want to play something quickly. It’s perfect for 2 people or bigger groups too, so it’s a go-to at our house. The expansion pack is cheaper and you don’t need the original to play.
Spot It is a long-time family favorite that’s been getting a lot of play time in our family recently as Tally discovers the joy of this super simple game.
This game can take FOREVER, so we usually play either odds or evens or even just pick 3 phases.
This looks like it’s going to be our 2020 game. We play it with Ella (and sometimes Ani) at least a few times a week and Bart and I play 2-3 games of it in a row several nights a week after the girls go to bed (this is what happens when you don’t have any show you’re watching). I LOVE this game, even if Bart beats me 80% of the time.
This is Ella’s favorite game and she asks to play it every single day after school. It’s a collaborative game, so you either all win together or lose together and it’s very fun.
I mean, not only is this a game for 2 people, it can also be a game for ONE person. Bart and I played this in the hospital after Ella was born and that’s probably why she loves games so much.
Do you have other favorite games for 2 people? I’d love to hear – we’re always up for another board or card game!
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Photos by Heather Mildenstein