In part two of our series, two player games for couples, we include games more recently introduced and strategic games. We’ve also listed some cooperative games, which are great for couples who are competitive and prefer to work as a team to play the game.
Zero – A unique trivia game! Answer a question with what you think is the least popular answer to earn the lowest points. But be careful, if your answer isn’t listed, you get the full 100 points for that round! The player who earn the lowest points, wins! It’s a fun game we occasionally toss into the mix and the topics can be fun items to discuss while you play.
Scattergories Categories – Kevin is the master of this game at our house. He has a crazy ability to come up with legitimate double word answers, earning him extra points. Like Scattergories, this game gives you a word, and you create associated words based off each letter, or the spelling of the clue. A fun twist to the classic Scattergories.
Last Word – If you like quick thinking games, Last Word may be for you! Each round, a category and a letter of the alphabet is given. Start the timer and whoever can give the last answer to the clue before the buzzer goes off, wins that round. Kevin and I like this one too!
Word on the Street – Another word game that’s for quick minds. Race against the timer to come up with a word for a specific category, using only the letters available on the board. We haven’t played it yet, but it has great reviews online.
Carcassonne – Take turns placing tiles to build cities, lengthen roads, expand fields and more while placing “meeples” to claim ownership and win points. Kevin and I are slightly addicted to this game and have started buying the expansion packs to add more challenges. Has lots of replay value too since every game creates a new map!
Settlers of Catan / Rivals for Catan – Settlers of Catan is wildly popular but just recently came across our radar. Settlers is actually intended for multiple players but there are modified rules to make it a two-player game. We bought this game and shortly afterwards learned there was a two player card version called Rivals for Catan. So we’ve now have both but haven’t played them yet. If you’ve played these games, let us know if you’ve enjoyed them!
Ticket to Ride – This game has won many awards and had great reviews so we ordered this on Amazon. When Kevin and I first bought it, we played like 4 games in a row! Then we played a couple more games the next day. The goal is to collect points by completing trains between the cities found on your destination tickets. Bonus points for the player with the longest train. The player with the most points, wins! Now I want the Europe version!
Dominion – A tactical deck-building card game in which players compete to create the most valuable deck of cards while acquiring land, hiring staff, fixing up castles and expanding their dominions. A game lasts 30-40 minutes. And since it has such high reviews on multiple sites, I’m adding this to my cart!
Stratego – A classic, strategic battlefield game for two players, it’s the ultimate capture the flag board game. It has elements like chess but easier to learn.
In case you are the couple who battle it out on regular games and think a cooperative game is better for you, here are a few games you can play where you work together to beat the game.
Forbidden Island – Players work together to accomplish missions, capture the island’s treasures and escape before the water floods the island! We have this game and have played it many times. Great for those nights you want to spend together doing something fun at home but not in a competitive mood.
Pandemic – Diseases have broken out in the world and players work in a combined effort using their assigned specialist skills to find the cures before certain conditions are reached. Expansion packs allow for new creative play with new challenges and events.
If you missed the first part of this series, check out Two Player Games for Couples (Part 1). Be sure to also check out Two Player Games for Couples (Part 3) and Two Player Games for Couples (Part 4).
Do you have any other games you like to play at home for date night?