Do you often play card or board games with a set amount of friends but not sure what to play next?
Board games are often playable with different amounts of players, but most of the time people prefer a certain amount as the ‘optimal’ amount of players. Luckily the loyal fans of BoardGameGeek voted for the best amount of players for each game and the list below sums up the 8 highest rated games for 2 players. Enjoy!
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Best board games for 2 players
8. Star Wars: Imperial Assault
Star Wars Imperial Assault is a game set in the Star Wars universe. It is a science fiction Wargame in which you go on an adventure and have to fight your opponents. The core game mechanics are: dice rolling, grid movement and role-playing. Besides these core game mechanics you also have a modular board, can form partnerships with other players and have variable player powers.
Playtime: 60-120 minutes
Difficulty: 3.28 / 5
7. Arkham Horror: The Card Game
Arkham Horror: The Card Game is a fantasy horror adventure card game. It is based on a novel by H.P. Lovecraft. In this cooperative deck building and role-playing game you play with characters with variable powers. Core mechanics of this game are action point movement and hand management. If you are a fan of the Cthulhu fantasie you will love this game!
Playtime: 60-120 minutes
Difficulty: 3.17 / 5
Developer: Fantasy Flight Inc
6. Mage Knight Board Game
Mage Knight The Board Game is a thematic strategy game. In this fantasy adventure you explore the word and fight baddies. You do can do this alone or co-operative by building a deck (drafting cards), moving around the board, rolling the dice and placing tiles. This game is a favorite single player game for a lot of die hard board game fans and definitely deserves a spot on this list!
Playtime: 150 minutes
Difficulty: 4.23 / 5
5. War of the Ring
War of the Ring is a thematic Wargame set in the novel-based world of Tolkien. In this Fantasy adventure game you build your territory and place miniatures (which most people who love Tolkien will love! They look so cool). The game revolves around hand management, controlling your action points and moving around the game board. There is a first and second edition available, as well as a collector’s edition.
Playtime: 150-180 minutes
Difficulty: 4.02 / 5
Developer: 999 Games
4. The Castles of Burgundy
The Castles of Burgundy strategy game set in medieval France (Burgundy) heavily revolves around territory building. You build up your land by placing tiles. You play against other aristocrats (players) who are also trying to gain more land. During the game you try to collect a set of matching tiles. Fun part about this game and a reason why so many people place it on this list is the variable phase order. There is also a less popular card and dice variant of the game. You can read my full Burgundy review here.
Playtime: 30-90 minutes
Difficulty: 3.03 / 5
3. 7 Wonders Duel
In 7 Wonders Duel is a card game in which you draft cards and try to collect sets. You play as a civilization of ancient times and try to advance your military and scientific development to eventually build wonders. There is 1 expansion available at the moment called 7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon which was released in 2016. You can read my full 7 Wonders Duel review here.
Playtime: 30 minutes
Difficulty: 2.25 / 5
2. Star Wars: Rebellion
Star Wars: Rebellion is a thematic strategy game set in the Star Wars universe. Players play either as part of the Galactic Empire or Rebel Alliance. Rebellion is a form of Wargame in which you fight with miniatures in this science fiction setting. During the game you roll the dice, move your miniatures around the board and form partnerships to finally emerge as victor!
Playtime: 180-240 minutes
Difficulty: 3.61 / 5
1. Twilight Struggle
Twilight Struggle is one of the best board games of all time because of its perfect blend of Strategy and Wargame. In this quick-playing political strategy game you play during the cold war (1945-1989) and move units across the world map to exert influence. If you love history and 2 player games Twilight Struggle will not disappoint you.
Playtime: 120-180 minutes
Difficulty: 3.55 / 5
And this concludes our list of best board games to play with 2 players. Remember that if a game is not in this list it might still be a very good game, these games are just the best of the best in this category.