The Best 2 Player Board Games [2019]

The Best 2 Player Board Games [2019]

Great Western Trail

Strategy board game
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  • Ideal for beginners 
  • Flawless board design 
  • Exciting theme
  • Great for 2-4 players
  • High replay value

Star Wars: Rebellion

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  • Great thematic gameplay
  • Addictive “cat-and-mouse” dynamic
  • Asymmetry of Empire vs Rebels adds to depth and variety
  • Medium complexity strategy game great for all levels of player

Twilight Struggle

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  • Build specifically for 2 players
  • Complex strategy game 
  • Outstanding replay value 
  • Deep thematic war game
  • Interactive play 

Great Western Trail

Strategy board game

Players: 2-4
Ages: 12+
Game play: 75 – 150 mins

Great Western Trail is an exciting board game set in the dramatic scenery of the nineteenth century’s Texas. This strategy game invites you to ship cattle from Texas to Kansas City by train in an epic adventure.

Each milestone reached can earn you money and victory points, but it takes entrepreneurial spirit to decide when to trade your livestock and how to ace the game. Apparently complex but quite simple, this game is perfect for players aged twelve or older and it takes approximately two and a half hours to complete.

Users and experts agree this is a fun family game full of exciting decisions and strategies. The planning to move your cattleman is interesting while the entire game blends challenging decisions with more straightforward actions that appeal to both inexperienced and avid strategy gamers alike. 

Pros:

  • Ideal for beginners
  • Flawless board design
  • Exciting theme
  • Great for 2-4 players
  • High replay value

Cons:

  • Too simple for some experts
  • Some components may feel a bit cheap

Star Wars: Rebellion

Players: 2-4
Ages: 14+
Game play: 180 – 240 mins

An exquisite, thematic strategy game, perfect for groups of family and friends alike, Star Wars: Rebellion cleverly captures the essence of the Star Wars theme and storyline while also providing excellent gameplay.

Star Wars: Rebellion is an epic game of cat and mouse between The Empire and The Rebels. The Rebels win the game by evading The Empire and gaining support throughout the galaxy. The Empire wins if they find the Rebel base and destroy The Rebel troops set there to defend it.

The various moves and missions are true to Star Wars lore, with your favourite characters being assigned to various adventures across the galaxy. Combat can be engaged by with side and can be either ground based or in space.

The two piece board is impressive and expansive, while the pieces are also delightful, true to style from creator Fantasy Flight Games.

Easier to learn than some other strategy games, and great for a wide range of players, this game will please beginners and die-hard gamers alike.

Pros:

  • Great thematic gameplay
  • Addictive “cat-and-mouse” dynamic
  • Asymmetry of Empire vs Rebels adds to depth and variety
  • Medium complexity strategy game great for all levels of player

Cons:

  • Combat play can seem needlessly complex
  • Rules can get a bit complicated
  • Die-hards will prefer less randomness in combat
  • Game play can run long

Twilight Struggle

Players: 2
Ages: 13+
Game play: 120-180 mins

Twilight Struggle is one of the hottest strategy games of the moment, engaging players in an intense political war between the USA and the Soviet Union.

This Cold War game is tense, challenging, and deep. Each decision made in the game mirrors real-life decisions world leaders have made during real historical events. Advertised as ideal for players over 13 years old, Twilight Struggle will most probably appeal to those old enough to know what the Cold War is all about.

There seems to be a generally positive consensus among users and experts regarding the game’s excellent replay value. Most players also appreciate the complex strategy of the game and the degree of involvement. The political theme, though, might not be for everyone.

Pros:

  • Designed for 2 Players
  • Complex strategy game
  • Outstanding replay value
  • Deep thematic war game
  • Interactive play

Cons:

  • Can be challenging to learn
  • Not great for casual/entry level board game players

Pandemic

Pandemic boardgame review

Players: 2-4
Ages: 8+
Game play: 45 mins

Enjoying huge popularity around the globe, Pandemic is a cooperative board game that brings together two to four players engaged in a race against the clock to save humanity from four deadly viruses.

The game is perfect for all those who have dreamt, at least once in their lifetime, to become a scientist, medic, or another type of specialist ready to save the world from disaster. Attractive visuals boost the value of this game, making it engaging for younger players too.

Users and experts praise Pandemic’s team-building ability. The game is captivating, intense, and dramatic. Perfect for up to four players and lasting for roughly an hour, this cooperative game is a blast, although it might not be the best game for those with a strong competitive spirit.

Pros:

  • Outstanding integration of theme and gameplay mechanics
  • Immersive experience
  • Fairly easy to learn, though difficult to master
  • Team building game
  • Ideal for kids over eight years old

Cons:

  • Some players may not like the cooperative component
  • Relatively high difficulty level

Santorini

Santorini Review

Players: 2-4
Ages: 8+
Game play: 20 mins

Santorini is one of the most exciting strategy board games attracting kids and adults with flawless visuals and exciting gameplay. Two playing modes give you the possibility to build the Greek island by relying on your workers alone or boost your strategy with god powers in an advanced game mode.

Its latest version was released in 2016, but Santorini has been around for much more than that. The game’s success lays in its ability to combine elementary school simplicity with an exciting gameplay depth that appeals to players of all ages and levels.

Users and experts agree Santorini is an exciting board game to have in your arsenal. Its high replay value attracts hardcore gamers while the short gameplay time of only 20 minutes makes it ideal for the youngsters. Perfect for players over eight years of age, Santorini can easily keep you entertained during a Saturday night at home or a family vacation.

Pros:

  • Attractive story and visuals
  • Two play modes
  • High replay value
  • Ideal for kids over 8 years old
  • Perfect for two to four players

Cons:

  • Some experienced players may find it loses excitement after a while
  • Expensive

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