The Best 2 Player Games We Have Played
Everyone thinks that having a big family automatically means you want games for groups, but that is very incorrect. Many of my favorite games are for 2 players or 2+.
Frankly, some 2 player game variations stink, but you’re not going to find those here. What you will find is our very favorite 2 player games. These are games designed specifically for 2 players or that have an excellent 2 player game variation. These games have great replayability and range from ages 3 – adult!
Tip: Don’t worry about age ranges too much. Age ranges are mostly arbitrary & don’t mean the game won’t be a good fit.
2 Player Games for Ages 3+
While this game is not meant to be a competitive game, Happy Bunny is even more fun when played competitively. Read my full review and learn how to adapt the game.
Skills: Memory, counting, comparison
Games for 8+
Sonar is like Battleship, but better. You play along the same principles but you also get to move your subs, hide them, etc. It comes with quite a few maps so the game is always different.
Skills: Prediction, strategy, dysgraphia
Games for Teens & Adults
Take a trip to ancient Greece by using gods & goddesses to help you build the first complete building. Sounds pretty great, right? Just hope your opponent doesn’t get the Athena card, that’s all I’m saying. Santorini is a favorite game with our teens.
Skills: Strategy, prediction, fine motor control
Codenames is a word & spy game. It’s pretty great, you have to identify 15 secret agents, without harming any bystanders. Duet is the two person version of Codenames. It’s a standalone game but can be used as an expansion to Codenames.
Skills: Language arts
Buy Codenames Duet
Based on the video game of the same name, Plague Inc. is a game of infection and evolution. You start by infecting a country with the goal of infection the world before a cure is discovered.
Skills: biology, strategy, cooperation
Buy Plague Inc.
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Meg Grooms (she/her) is a decades-long secular homeschooler, mother of many, writer, Florida ex-pat, and all-around swell gal. Meg & her partner have raised their kids all over the USA, finally settling on Southern California. For now, anyhow.
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