As our girls start attending college fairs and get closer to graduating high school, Scott and I weigh all the things that will be different without them. Like… we’ll be able to enjoy sushi at home without breaking the bank and be able to travel during the school year. Heck, we’ve already talked about breaking out the house-hunting checklist and looking for something in a warmer climate. But more than anything, we have noticed the need for more 2-player games. This holiday gift guide it dedicated to providing some diverse ideas for 2-player games because the number of available people around shouldn’t impact whether someone can play a game or not!
You may be excited to hear that most of these will be included in this year’s mega giveaway, too! In fact, you may even see one show up later today! Guess you’ll have to stop back by and check! In the meantime, we hope you’ll utilize this guide to help you check some recipients off your shopping list. We encourage you to start by reading any that we’ve written about in more detail. You’ll do that by clicking the logo to be taken to our prior game overview with images of the games and an overview of how to play. For anything without the logo, read over the description and see if the theme or style resonates.
Skulk Hollow is a 2-player, asymmetric, combat game between the legendary Guardians and the Foxen clans of Børe. Fast tactical play and epic meeples!
Imhotep: The Duel
The competition of the builders continues in Imhotep: The Duel! In this game, players take on the roles of Nefertiti and Akhenaten, one of ancient Egypt’s most famous royal couples. Game pieces must be cleverly placed so that players can unload the most valuable tiles from the six boats. While this is happening, each player builds their own four monuments in order to gain as many points as possible.
For hundreds of years, merchants sailed to faraway lands in search of untold wealth, bringing Precious Cargo that was worth a fortune – if they could find the right port at which to sell it. In Precious Cargo you start with a single ship and one sail. By making clever choices about what goods to trade, which ports to visit and colonize, and when to invest in improving your fleet, you could build an empire and make a fortune!
Exceed: Street Fighter
Exceed is a fast paced, head-to-head battle of strategy. Season 3 features the classic characters from Capcom’s Street Fighter. It has twelve characters to choose from so there is a lot of replayability potential. With each character bringing their unique strengths to the table, there is a character for everyone!
The Crimson Kingdom and the Onyx Empire face off in this head-to-head battle inspired by the ancient game of Checkers! Hop your pieces across the game board to capture the powerful crowns of fantastical realms. Beware, your fate can change as exciting event cards come into play! Use strategy to outmaneuver your opponent and seize victory!
Deblockle is a casual strategy game of tips and turns for two players. Take turns tipping your blocks into adjacent squares and then moving them across the board. Be the first player to successfully remove all of your blocks by maneuvering them onto the final square on the board, and you win!
Air, Land & Sea
In Air, Land, & Sea, two players battle for control over each “theater” of war by playing Battle cards and strategically utilizing their special abilities to gain the advantage. Whoever controls the most theaters, claims victory points, and the player who scores 12 victory points first wins the war!
Unmatched: Robin Hood vs. Bigfoot
“In battle, there are no equals.” Unmatched is a miniature fighting game for two players. Robin Hood and his outlaws excel at ranged attacks and robbing from their opponents. Bigfoot and his pal, the Jackalope, crash through the forest for quick attacks before disappearing like a figment of the mind. You can mix and match this set with other Unmatched sets for more exciting match-ups.
SHOBU is a beautifully crafted abstract strategy game for two players.
Made of beautiful, natural elements, wood boards, a cotton rope divider and tumbled river stones as playing pieces, it has incredible table appeal.
Instantly familiar, yet wholly unique unto its own, SHOBU feels like a game that has stood the test of time. The rules are amazingly simple and can be learned in moments, yet halfway through your first game, you realize the game has incredible depth.
Lost Cities – The Card Game
Who will discover the ancient civilizations? Two explorers embark on research journeys to remote corners of the world: the Himalayan mountains, the Central American rainforest, the Egyptian desert, a mysterious volcano, and the bottom of the sea. As the cards are played, the expedition routes take shape and the explorers earn points. The most daring adventurers make bets on the success of their expeditions. The explorer with the highest score after three rounds of expeditions wins. The rules of the game are simple, but beware: The lost cities hold many unseen mysteries!
This 3 dimensional wooden stacking game first gained popularity in Asia. Players take turns adding a wooden polycube and balance cube to the structure. Polycubes must stay in the confines of the structure and cannot overlap the center “chimney” area. It sounds a lot easier than it really is. It takes a steady hand as balance is the key. Players score for each piece placed. Contains: 12 Wooden Polycubes, 12 Wooden Scoring Tiles, 12 Small Wooden Balance Cubes, 1 Wooden Base and illustrated instructions.
Ages: 8+; Players: 2 or Teams
Hopefully something on this works for your gift recipients. We also encourage you to check out our other gift guides which include STEAM gift ideas, suggestions for family games and more for family game night, tips for home and electronics enthusiasts, games for large groups and games for teens and adults. The days are numbered… Good luck with your shopping!