Greg and I are lucky to run an awesome, active, local gaming group, so we get in 2+ player games regularly. We also like to have game time for just the two of us and have several bins full of 2-player games. Many of the games in these bins were designed specifically for two players, but some of them are 2+ player games that we happen to really enjoy with just two players. You’ll find three lists below:

  1. Games designed specifically for two players
  2. Games Designed for 2+ players that work well for two
  3. Board Game Apps for Two Players (because some games have a ton of cards that we’d rather not set up when we play with 2)

I’m using the MLU BGG Plugin from Meeple Like Us to display my lists below. It’s pretty handy for displaying various game data and makes list making incredibly easy. If MLU have done an accessibility teardown on a game, you’ll see it linked in the game’s data block.

Are your favorites missing from my lists? Add them in the comments below!

Designed Specifically for Two Players

Game Details
Name7 Wonders Duel (2015)
ComplexityMedium Light [2.22]
BGG Rank18 [8.10]
Player Count2
Mechanism(s)Layering, Open Drafting, Set Collection, Sudden Death Ending, Tug of War and Variable Player Powers
Game Details
NameConsentacle (2014)
ComplexityLight [1.33]
BGG Rank6705 [6.75]
Player Count2
Mechanism(s)Cooperative Game, Hand Management and Simultaneous Action Selection
Game Details
NameThe Duke (2013)
ComplexityMedium Light [2.48]
BGG Rank701 [7.35]
Player Count2
Mechanism(s)Grid Movement, Pattern Movement and Tile Placement
Game Details
NameRival Realms (2018)
ComplexityMedium Light [2.25]
BGG Rank7323 [6.97]
Player Count1-2
Mechanism(s)Area Movement, Hand Management, Pattern Building and Set Collection
Game Details
NameHive (2000)
ComplexityMedium Light [2.32]
BGG Rank270 [7.32]
Player Count2
Mechanism(s)Enclosure, Grid Movement, Hexagon Grid, Pieces as Map, Score-and-Reset Game, Slide/Push, Three Dimensional Movement and Tile Placement
Game Details
NameHolmes: Sherlock & Mycroft (2015)
ComplexityMedium Light [1.81]
BGG Rank1691 [6.82]
Player Count2
Mechanism(s)Hand Management, Open Drafting, Set Collection and Worker Placement
Game Details
NameJaipur (2009)
ComplexityLight [1.47]
BGG Rank156 [7.50]
Player Count2
Mechanism(s)Hand Management, Hidden Victory Points, Market, Open Drafting, Score-and-Reset Game and Set Collection
Game Details
NameMorels (2012)
ComplexityMedium Light [1.74]
BGG Rank808 [6.99]
Player Count2
Mechanism(s)Hand Management, Open Drafting and Set Collection
Game Details
NameOnitama (2014)
ComplexityMedium Light [1.68]
BGG Rank277 [7.37]
Player Count2
Mechanism(s)Grid Movement, Hand Management, Pattern Movement, Square Grid and Static Capture
Game Details
NamePatchwork (2014)
ComplexityMedium Light [1.61]
BGG Rank105 [7.62]
Player Count2
Mechanism(s)Grid Coverage, Income, Open Drafting, Square Grid, Tile Placement, Time Track, Turn Order: Stat-Based and Victory Points as a Resource
Game Details
NameThunder & Lightning (2016)
ComplexityMedium Light [1.83]
BGG Rank1957 [7.20]
Player Count2
Mechanism(s)Action Points, Hand Management and Secret Unit Deployment
Game Details
NameWonderland (2018)
ComplexityMedium Light [1.71]
BGG Rank8642 [6.16]
Player Count2
Mechanism(s)Area Majority / Influence and Hand Management
Game Details
NameAssembly (2016)
ComplexityLight [1.18]
BGG Rank4909 [7.16]
Player Count (Recommended)1-4 (1-2)
Mechanism(s)Communication Limits, Cooperative Game, Hand Management, Modular Board and Push Your Luck

Designed for 2+ Players and Work Great with Two Players

Game Details
NameT.I.M.E Stories (2015)
ComplexityMedium [2.60]
BGG Rank217 [7.45]
Player Count2-4
Mechanism(s)Cooperative Game, Dice Rolling, Move Through Deck, Narrative Choice / Paragraph, Storytelling and Variable Player Powers
Game Details
NameExit: The Game – The Abandoned Cabin (2016)
ComplexityMedium [2.53]
BGG Rank280 [7.47]
Player Count (Recommended)1-6 (1-4)
Mechanism(s)Cooperative Game
Notes from RebeccaWe enjoy the entire series of Exit: The Game escape games.
Game Details
NameUnlock!: Mystery Adventures – The Tonipal's Treasure (2017)
ComplexityMedium [2.53]
BGG Rank1635 [7.02]
Player Count (Recommended)1-6 (1-4)
Mechanism(s)Cooperative Game and Storytelling
Notes from RebeccaWe enjoy the entire series of Unlock! escape games.
Game Details
NameDead of Winter: A Crossroads Game (2014)
ComplexityMedium [3.01]
BGG Rank166 [7.51]
Player Count (Recommended)2-5 (3-5)
Mechanism(s)Action Points, Area Movement, Dice Rolling, Hand Management, Narrative Choice / Paragraph, Push Your Luck, Semi-Cooperative Game, Storytelling, Trading, Traitor Game, Variable Player Powers and Voting
Game Details
NameSword & Sorcery (2017)
ComplexityMedium Heavy [4.07]
BGG Rank376 [7.96]
Player Count (Recommended)1-5 (1-4)
Mechanism(s)Action Points, Area Movement, Cooperative Game, Dice Rolling, Modular Board, Role Playing, Solo / Solitaire Game and Variable Player Powers
Game Details
NameFolklore: The Affliction (2017)
ComplexityMedium Heavy [3.68]
BGG Rank1174 [7.75]
Player Count1-5
Mechanism(s)Action Points, Cooperative Game, Dice Rolling, Grid Movement, Modular Board, Role Playing, Solo / Solitaire Game and Variable Player Powers
Game Details
NameCharterstone (2017)
ComplexityMedium [2.84]
BGG Rank416 [7.27]
Player Count (Recommended)1-6 (2-6)
Mechanism(s)Catch the Leader, Hand Management, Legacy Game, Open Drafting, Scenario / Mission / Campaign Game, Solo / Solitaire Game and Worker Placement
Notes from RebeccaWe've been enjoying 2-player Charterstone without the Automa, but you can add it if you'd like.
Game Details
NameThe 7th Continent (2017)
ComplexityMedium [2.90]
BGG Rank69 [7.96]
Player Count (Recommended)1-4 (1-3)
Mechanism(s)Cooperative Game, Grid Movement, Hand Management, Map Addition, Modular Board, Scenario / Mission / Campaign Game, Solo / Solitaire Game, Storytelling and Variable Player Powers
Game Details
NameSherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases (1982)
ComplexityMedium [2.67]
BGG Rank126 [7.68]
Player Count (Recommended)1-8 (1-4)
Mechanism(s)Cooperative Game, Narrative Choice / Paragraph, Solo / Solitaire Game and Storytelling
Game Details
NameLisboa (2017)
ComplexityHeavy [4.58]
BGG Rank61 [8.19]
Player Count1-4
Mechanism(s)Area Majority / Influence, Hand Management, Open Drafting, Solo / Solitaire Game and Tile Placement

Board Game Apps for Two Players

The following are games that we prefer to play digital versions of for simplicity and ease of setup due to the number of cards, etc.

Game Details
NamePathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles – Base Set (2014)
ComplexityMedium [2.92]
BGG Rank1108 [7.30]
Player Count1-4
Mechanism(s)Cooperative Game, Deck, Bag, and Pool Building, Dice Rolling, Move Through Deck, Role Playing, Scenario / Mission / Campaign Game and Variable Player Powers
Notes from RebeccaPathfinder apps are available via Google Play or iOS
Game Details
NameAscension: Deckbuilding Game (2010)
ComplexityMedium Light [2.14]
BGG Rank650 [7.03]
Player Count (Recommended)1-4 (2-4)
Mechanism(s)Deck, Bag, and Pool Building, Hand Management and Open Drafting
Notes from RebeccaAscension apps are available via Google Play or iOS

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