Party of Two: The Best Games for Couples to Play at Home Together

Party of Two: The Best Games for Couples to Play at Home Together

Taryn Williford
Mar 24, 2016
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This might be the homebody in me talking, but I happen to think date night at home is better than date night out in nearly every way. The drinks are cheaper. The clothes are comfier. And, if you have the right game, it can be a really fun night for you and your love to get competitive and cuddly all at once.

Based on recommendations from Amazon, Board Game Geek, Reddit's /r/boardgames and my own experience, here are some of the best two-player games for couples to play on their own.

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This one is my personal favorite for date night these days. In Carcassonne, each of you will take turns drawing and laying tiles like a puzzle, trying to complete cities, roads and other features in an area modeled after the South of France. You earn different amounts of points for each of the features you claim and complete.

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Ticket to Ride

In Ticket to Ride, you and your partner are simultaneously trying to connect specific cities on the board with train routes you place piece-by-piece. Things can get dicey when, since you don't know what routes your opponent is trying to finish, you block each other's progress.

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A bug-themed strategy game that sounds very much like a light game of chess, your objective in Hive is to surround your opponent's queen bee, while keeping yours from being surrounded.

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Here's one for folks who prefer to work together than compete: In Pandemic, both of you are specialists trying to cure the world of four different plagues by traveling through cities on the board and treating disease.

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A bit macabre, but Guillotine is a card game where you and your date will each be executioners vying for public opinion by executing the least popular nobles. You take turns changing the order of the line (a row of cards) and executing whoever is at the front.

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It's a classic for a reason. Scrabble is smart, strategic, competitive and gives you a chance to argue playfully about whether 'Za is a word (hint: it is).

Any other favorite games for couples? What do you play on game date night?

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