Gateway Games: Two Player GamesDecember 18, 2018
Gateway Games is a series of articles aimed at helping you find the games that are right for you. Today, I’m going to talk about games that are designed for two players.
As a couple, finding a game to play together can be an amazing way to connect on an intellectual level and have fun making uniquely shared memories. There isn’t anything quite like sitting across the table from your partner and competing in a strategy game. My husband and I often get asked what games are good for couples to play together. Many times one of the partners has more experience or interest in gaming than the other. Couples often have issues finding games that they both enjoy, especially if one is a more experienced strategy gamer or is more competitive by nature.
Here are some great two-player games, including some that are great for non-gaming couples. These games are also great for coffee dates with friends, catching up with an old college roommate, finding something to do with a family member you’d like to spend more time with, or any other casual one-on-one get together.
Lost Cities: The Card Game
Lost Cities is the ideal ice breaker game for a couple trying to find a game they can enjoy together if they have different experiences and preferences with gaming. The game play lasts from 15-30 minutes, which makes it great for a quick game before or after dinner, or a great game to play best out of three if you want to make it more interesting. Combining elements of rummy with strategic planning, the goal of the game is to collect the most expeditions before the deck runs out. Each turn players play a card and draw a card and must play cards of the five colors in ascending order. There are also handshake cards that must be played before any cards of one color that double your score, but be careful because you must reach a minimum amount of points in each color to avoid a negative score.
Jaipur is my personal favorite two player strategy game. Players take on the role of trading merchants, directly competing with their rival to become the chosen personal trader for the Maharajah of Rajasthan. Combining the ability to make calculated decisions with luck and reading your opponent, Jaipur is easy to learn but takes a long time to master. Each turn you have only three choices, but the impact of your choice is just as important each time. The game consists of three rounds, meaning that you get three chances to outwit your rival. The better you are at planning ahead, the more likely you are to become the best merchant, but the luck of the draw plays into your fate as well. While games are quick, the intensity is powerful.
7 Wonders Duel
Based on the excellent and popular drafting game, 7 Wonders Duel allows two people to experience the exciting wonder building game together. Across the course of three rounds, players take turns drafting face down cards to complete their Wonder. Players gain points by collecting resources, developing science, and/or building a military to conquer their opponent’s capital. One of the beautiful aspects of this game is that there are three unique strategies to choice from, and all of them can lead to success.
I hope this helps you find the perfect date night game, for friends, relatives, and romantic partners alike.