When you are in a long-term, comfortable relationship, you tend to fall into similar routines in the evening – exercise, shower, eat dinner, watch Netflix with your loved one, and go to sleep, or something along those lines. So, why not spice it up every so often with two-person board games? You can amp up the fun by placing bets like the loser has to do laundry for two weeks or wear Toronto Maple Leaf attire to work the next day. If you consider yourself an inexperienced board game player, you can check out the list below and choose one, two, or more to try out with your partner!
If games typically end in heated arguments, you will want to check out Codenames Duet.
This couple-friendly version possesses similar elements to the popular original, but instead of discussing the clues with your team and competing against another group, you are working together to unravel the agents.
The objective is to find all fifteen codes before the time runs out, but if you unveil an assassin, you both lose the game. This game also makes for a great filler if you are waiting for your favourite show or for dinner to finish cooking because it only takes around 15 – 30 minutes!
This 16-piece 4×4 board game requires some logic and thought, and your goal is to place four objects that share a common feature in a row.
For example, the sixteen pieces are either black or white (or dark brown and light brown), short and tall, round or square, so you can win by placing pieces that are all the same colour in a row.
However, your opponent will choose which piece you get to put on the board.
This version comes in black and white pieces instead of the colourful pieces used in the original!
In this game, each player will receive 21 pieces of either black or white. When you play, you can only put your pieces down at the corners of your other pieces. Once you can’t place any more pieces on the board, you count the number of squares you have remaining, and you lose a point for each square you failed to put on the board.
This game involves strategy and could help you to wind down after a long, stressful day! Playing Blokus: Duo with a glass of wine in hand sounds pretty great, doesn’t it?
This strategic game is based on Onitama, a shrine in Japan that “masters of all forms of combat make the journey here in search of enlightenment, and in this shrine, you must do battle, drawing from the animal spirits.”
Each player will place one master and four student pawns on the 5×5 board, and you will each receive two open-face movement cards, and your movement card dictates where you will move your pawns.
If you remove the opponent’s master pawn or reach the master pawn’s starting position, you will win the game! This game takes around 15-20 minutes to play.
The objective of Railroad ink is to build the most efficient rail routes.
There are two editions you can choose from – Blue or Red. The Blue edition introduces rivers and lakes, ultimately providing more of a chance of scoring points, whereas the Red edition threatens railroads with volcanoes and meteors.
You score points if your railroads connect with the entry points on the board and by creating correlated and intertwined routes. This board game takes around 30 – 60 minutes to play, but it could help to enhance your creative and strategic mind!
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This game lasts over three rounds, and the objective is to earn discovery points which come from creating expedition routes. The set comes with a board and 60 cards!
Prove to your partner that your intelligence surpasses theirs with this crazy card game that requires thought, strategy, and a bit of luck.
Jaipur involves trading and selling your goods, but it is essential to understand how to time your exchanges, so you don’t risk losing any valuable goods.
Are you ready to create a beautiful quilt without a sewing machine?
In this game, you and your partner will each aim to create the highest-scoring quilt. You will each have a set of buttons, which will be used to purchase the patches, so you can only buy patches you can afford.
Each patch also gives you the amount of time, so if it says ‘4’, you will move your token that many times on the board.
Have you and your pattern been feeling a little sluggish as of late? You may want to pump up your brain with the exhilarating game that requires memory, speed, and thinking, and covers deduction, picture-matching, coordination, mazes, giving you a chance to at least excel in one of the categories!
The objective is to win challenges so you can gather pieces of the brain until you have an entire brain. The game is fast, fun, and challenging!
If you want to spice up a slow evening by placing a bet on a game, cribbage is the match for you!
This old-school, renowned game takes around 40 minutes of thinking, strategizing, and of course, some luck. All you need is a deck of cards and a crib board, which come in a variety of sizes. If you are desperate, you can also keep track of this game on paper!
The object is to get one of your two pegs to the finish line before your opponent, and the points come from the cards in your hand. There are two phases per round – the pegging phase and the counting phase. It may take a couple of tries to get the hang of it, but when you do, you will want to bring it everywhere!
This game makes for a great betting game because, at the end of the game, you will have a clear loser and winner, and there is no room for cheating!
Playing a board game after a long day of work helps you to not only wind down, but it gives you a chance to have fun with your loved one! Or if the weather is dreary on the weekend, you can spend your time competing and creating a variety of bets related to board games to pass the time. Which board games do you like to play with your significant other?