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    Mar 28, 2020

    49 Games You Can Play With Only Two People

    Who's up for a little 1v1?

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    1. A traditional game of Scrabble to test your word-making abilities. You'd better have a dictionary nearby because you're gonna need it.

    Barnes & Noble

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $14.95.

    2. Or a Harry Potter Scrabble if that's more your cup of tea. It follows most of the rules as an old-school Scrabble game but spells, potion names, characters from the series, and wizarding locations all count as words.

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    Promising review: "The cards used in association with this game make it quite fun. Even if you are not a Harry Potter pro, the cards shake the game up. From switching tile racks to backwards spelling, this game was worth the premium price." —Drew

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $29.99.

    3. A beautiful set of dice for Yatzy — another traditional game (except this version's gotten a bit of a face-lift) that'll have you pulling out your lucky rabbit's foot before each roll.

    West Elm

    Get it from West Elm for $9.99.

    4. Mancala because I am about to crush you with colorful glass stones. I take Mancala very seriously if you couldn't tell.

    JOANN

    Get it from JOANN for $9.74.

    5. Monopoly Fortnite so you can boogie bomb the millennials or Gen Z'ers in this battle royale version of classic Monopoly. It has many of the same elements as the video game: Tilted Towers, loot chests, the storm, and even the battle bus. So, where we dropping boys?

    JCPenney

    Promising review: "Really enjoy playing this game. My kids love this game. Would play it every day if they could." —MsDivaD1

    Get it from JCPenney for $19.99.

    6. Connect 4 Shots to put your years of beer pong experience to use. It's just like regular Connect 4 except you have to bounce your colored balls from the table to the slots.

    JCPenney

    Get it from JCPenney for $19.99.

    7. A magnetic chess set if you're getting ~board~ with other games.

    REI

    Promising review: "Awesome 'take it anywhere with you' type of game especially for camping and backpacking trips. The magnetic top and pieces rock." —Suep G

    Get it from REI for $14.95.

    8. A fun game of checkers that'll no doubt bring out your competitive side.

    WoodenChessDirect / Etsy

    Get it from WoodenChessDirect on Etsy for $44.50.

    Or get a set of 24 wooden checkers from EarlyAmericanShop on Etsy for $9.95 if you already have a board.

    9. Or, Chinese checkers for testing your tactical skills. Can you get all your colored pegs to the opposite side of the board?

    AmaWoodShop / Etsy

    Get it from AmaWoodShop on Etsy for $14.95+ (available in two sizes).

    10. Cribbage because now is the perfect time to finally learn how to play. And once you get going, a game will only take you ~30 minutes so you can try plenty of times.

    REI

    Promising review: "The cards and pegs fit nicely in the board and it has its own little pack for easy storage. Lightweight and doesn't take up much space. A good time for any situation." —Mandingo05

    Get it from REI for $16.95.

    11. Jenga so you can get your daily adrenaline rush as you remove a block and hope your giant tower doesn't come crumbling down.

    Barnes & Noble

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $16.95.

    12. Or Jenga Throw 'n Go to add another element of surprise to your game. The roll of a dice determines which color block you have to remove.

    Wayfair

    Promising review: "Lots of fun and addictive. The die makes it more interesting and eventually more difficult as the tower gets taller and harder to pull certain color blocks. So much fun!" —Patricia

    Get it from Wayfair for $27.50.

    13. A indoor foosball table if you'd rather be on the pitch right now but are practicing safe social distancing.

    Wayfair

    Promising review: "Easy to assemble if you enjoy putting things together. Kids love it." —Hector

    Get it from Wayfair for $55.99.

    14. A fast and frantic word-building game called Bananagrams that'll challenge your spelling skills and finger speed.

    Barnes & Noble, Mallory McInnis / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I picked this up for one of my grandchildren. After I got it home I thought, 'I'm going to try this.' My grandson never got this one — I kept it for myself. I keep it in my purse and play solitaire when I have to sit for long times. I now have purchased three more to give to my grandchildren. Five stars for Bananagrams!" —Anonymous

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $14.95.

    15. An aesthetically pleasing set of dominos for players who love matching numbers as much as they love matching their games to their decor style.

    West Elm

    Get it from West Elm for $14.99.

    16. A stimulating game of pick-up sticks because we could all use a midday pick-me-up. Test your fine motor skills as you attempt to pick up colored sticks without disturbing the rest of the pile.

    Kohl's

    Get it from Kohl's for $9.99.

    17. An air hockey table so you can take out your aggression on the plastic puck.

    Wayfair

    Promising review: "This has quickly become my family's favorite game to play. Great toy for the price." —Nicole

    Get it from Wayfair for $60.99.

    18. A stylish backgammon set to give you a new game to master. Your goal is to remove all your colored pieces from the board.

    West Elm

    Get it from West Elm for $24.99.

    19. A fun pop-a-shot basktball set if you and your partner like to turn everything into a competition. Take turns shooting and try and get as many balls in bounds and in the hoop before time expires.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $26.

    20. A wooden tic-tac-toe set that'll take you back to your childhood, except you're no longer playing on a piece of notebook paper.

    Wayfair

    Get it from Wayfair for $34.99.

    21. Or a more complex multi-level tic tac toe board for kids and adults who want to try something new. You can win three ways: getting three same-sized pieces in a row, lining up three different-sized pieces in ascending or descending order, or positioning three concentric circles in one spot.

    The Grommet

    Promising review: "Took this game to a friend's house yesterday to keep her grandchildren entertained on Thanksgiving. Not only did this keep two children 5 and 7 entertained for several hours, it also kept two physicists, two school teachers, and several mothers busy playing all afternoon. It has just the right kind of challenge to keep all ages engaged. As I gave the game to my friend to keep, I'm now buying a second one to keep at my house so my husband and I can play with our adult children at Christmas." —Carolyn J

    Get it from The Grommet for $34.95.

    22. A strategy-based railroad-building game like Ticket to Ride because it'll take you on a journey across North America without you ever having to leave your home (or even the couch!).

    Barnes & Noble

    Promising review: "This game is a family favorite. It is non-confrontational, though competitive. Players work to build a continuous railway across America. The game is well constructed and is meant to last a lifetime. My mother who is in her 60s enjoys it as much as my 10-year-old. There is luck involved in play, however, strategy is much more important. The game dynamic changes significantly with different numbers of players. Playing with fewer players seems to compliment one strategy, while playing with more players requires a different strategy. It is almost like having two games in one box. (One odd thing, however, is that Chicago is depicted on the map as being in Indiana, rather than Illinois.) All in all, a beautifully made game that is fun, and doesn't lead to hurt feelings on the part of the loser." —Anonymous

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $49.95.

    23. Villainous, a game where you play as Disney baddies so you can finally see evil triumph — y'know, if you're into that sort of thing.

    Barnes & Noble

    Promising review: "This is a fun game for the entire family. My kids are 11 and 14. They've played it with us, their friends, and extended family. It's a great way to engage and a perfect game for family game night. Highly recommend buying this. It's not what you'd think from a Disney game; it requires strategic thinking. Best part of the game is the villains win this time!" —Anonymous

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $39.99.

    24. A 4-in-1 game table to keep you entertained when you don't know what to play. It comes with air hockey, finger football, foosball, and table tennis.

    Wayfair

    Promising review: "My kids loved getting this for Christmas. Easy instructions on how to put it together and endless fun for the adults and kids. Great deal!" —Shane

    Get it from Wayfair for $79.99.

    25. A tabletop cornhole set if you're a Midwest transplant and missing home a little bit. We'll save the bags vs. baggo vs. beanbags vs. cornhole debate for another day.

    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "We all play it in the house together. It is a wonderful gift for the family, from my 3-year-old to my husband. It's pretty hard but I like that." —Kristin the artist

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $48.

    26. Codenames Duet, a co-op version of my favorite word association game that'll encourage team bonding because guess what — you're both on the same team!

    Barnes & Noble

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $19.95.

    27. The Exploding Kittens card game for fans of felines and flare-ups — but not together. The objective is to use your action cards to avoid the exploding kitten and outlast your opponents.

    Barnes & Noble

    Promising review: "Fun game of strategy! Love it!" —Anonymous

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $19.99.

    28. Forbidden Island, another co-op card game, because capturing sacred treasures from a sinking island is more rewarding when you do it together.

    Barnes & Noble

    Promising review: "I got this game for my 9-year-old daughter for her birthday. I wanted a good game for her and I to play together. We both love it. It's a different game every time. We've played with four people and it's just as fun with two to four people. I love that it requires teamwork to win, and either everyone wins or everyone dies. I also really appreciate that I don't have to keep score while playing. We have a ton of games, and this is our new favorite." —Anonymous

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $19.95.

    29. A 500-piece Frank Lloyd Wright double-sided puzzle so you get double the puzzle for your money.

    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "We rate puzzles as one day– or three day–puzzles. This was a one day–puzzle on the picture side. It was engrossing, so we stayed up late to finish." —CS

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $16.

    30. Words With Friends, a fan-favorite app game to stay connected when you can't be with your friends and family.

    Words With Friends

    Get it from the App Store or Google Play for free.

    31. Crossy Road, a retro Frogger-style arcade phone app game if your only goal for today is to get your character from point A to point B without getting run over. Take your competition to the next level and go head to head using the split-screen format if you're playing on the same device.

    View this video on YouTube

    youtube.com

    Get it from the App Store or Google Play for free.

    32. Badland, an adventure phone app game that'll wow you with its critically acclaimed art style. The objective is to take your blob through the obstacle course, and it has both co-op and competitive modes.

    View this video on YouTube

    youtube.com

    Get it from the App Store for $0.99 or Google Play for free.

    33. Duel Otters, an adorable phone app game for going head to head against your competitor in a series of mini games, including matching contests, speed-clicking matches, and batting competitions.

    View this video on YouTube

    youtube.com

    Get it from the App Store or Google Play for free.

    34. A deck of cards because you don't need a fancy game board and a million pieces to have fun.

    Uncommon Goods

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $10.

    Here are some fun games you can play with just a deck of cards:

    Blackjack

    Crazy Eights

    Egyptian Rat Screw

    Gin Rummy

    Go Fish

    GOLF

    Kings In The Corner

    Poker / 3 Card Poker / 5 Card Draw / Texas Holdem

    Slapjack

    Snap

    Speed

    Spit

    500

    Did we miss anything? Let us know what you're playing!

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