There’s an incredible renaissance taking place in the board game world right now, but sometimes it can seem like you need to host a dinner for six just to have fun. Fortunately, that boom of great new games has created experiences of all shapes and sizes, for both small groups and solo players. Perhaps the richest vein is in the two-player genre.
Maybe you live with someone, a roommate or a partner, and you are trying to find something more than Friends look back to pass the time. Look no further than these amazing two player co-op board games that will mix up your nights without breaking the bank.
As a bonus, they are all available in your friendly local game store or online for less than $ 30.
The best board games for two players
This simple but challenging cooperative card game pushes you to your mental limits … and more. To start, each player receives a hand of cards. Next, stack the cards in the middle in ascending order. Sounds simple right?
Well, The mind it is a game where communication is limited. Words cannot be pronounced. No warnings can be given. It is about strategy expressed only through body language. If you are left with a lower card than the one in front of you, you have to discard your hand and the group loses a life. The silence is truly deafening as you play for your life and that of your friend.
Have you ever imagined being a treasure hunter? Good with Forbidden island you can test your metal against the clock while trying to gather as many treasures from a constantly sinking island. There are four treasures, all centered around the four elements, that you are tasked with finding by claiming tiles on the board.
But beware! If you take too long, the island will sink and the treasure will be lost forever. Each player has a special power that can make the difference between winning and losing, so be sure to cooperate if you want to escape with riches beyond imagination.
Ni No Kuni 2: The Board Game
Inspired by the legendary Studio Ghibli art style, it’s to be expected Ni No Kuni 2: The Board Game game to be cute, relaxing fun with adorable buddies and a moral adventure. Instead, they invite you on a strategy adventure of rebuilding your kingdom, killing monsters, and taking on missions.
Here’s the catch: The game only lasts five turns, so you have to choose what you do to get the most out of each round. Every moment counts and relies on intensive teamwork to get the job done. The sheer depth and variety of tasks will keep you coming back to rebuild your kingdom over and over again.
You are probably sick of the word ‘pandemic’ by now, but this one is not really related to COVID. We swear it. Pandemic is one of the best cooperative board games out there, in which you and a partner battle four deadly diseases that annoyingly attempt to wipe out civilization as we know it.
Spread across a world map across the board, each disease grows more dangerous with each turn as you investigate ways to defeat them, fight infected cities, all while assuming key roles as Investigator and Scientist. This is truly a race against time where you win or lose together. It’s also easy to teach and quick to get on and off the table.
You can also try out the new line of smaller and even shorter Pandemic experiences from Z-Man Games in the Pandemic: Hot Zone series. It also includes new characters and abilities, perfect for experienced players.
This lightweight dungeon crawling role-playing game (RPG) puts you in the role of a powerful adventurer, blasting your way through, well, a dungeon. Intended to remind players Dungeons and Dragons, You and your partner enjoy all the excitement of an epic tabletop RPG without the long and extensive campaigns.
The game is incredibly immersive for something that relies on a few dice-tosses and simplistic character cards. Depth is found in the variety of enemies thrown at you, as well as your personal deck of cards that you must select carefully from the huge pile the game provides. You will never get the same game twice. Your character can also be wildly different with each game; a crystal cannon, which deals heavy damage on low health; the damage sponge, which absorbs shock so your partner can cope with pain; or the bearer of magic, a fiery wizard who has no time for goblins. All these options and more are yours in the world of One-deck dungeon.