A List of Two Player Board Games

2 Person Board Game: Twilight StruggleHere's a big list of 2 person board games. I've tried to limit this particular list to board games that are ONLY for two persons, as opposed to board games where two or more players can play. I've also included a handful of 2 person card games on the page, but I've tried to limit those to really exceptional and fun games.

  1. Abalone - An abstract strategy game in which players use different colored marbles and try to push their opponents marbles off the board. Designed by Michel Lalet and Laurent Levi.
  2. Agon - An old abstract strategy game played on a hexagonal board.
  3. Babel - Players build temples in the ancient worlds using personnel cards. Part of the Kosmos two-player series.
  4. Backgammon - One of the oldest two player board games, backgammon is a racing game with a random element. It uses dice.
  5. Balloon Cup - Players take short balloon flights and collect colored cubes. This is part of the Kosmos two player series.
  6. Battleship - A guessing game that was originally played with pen and paper, but Milton Bradley started publishing a board game version.
  7. Blood Bowl - A miniatures game from Games Workshop that portrays a fantasy football game with dwarves, elves, goblins, orcs, and trolls.
  8. Blue Moon - A Reiner Knizia game and part of the Kosmos two player series of games. This is a fantasy themed card game with several expansions available.
  9. Bul - A traditional board game with multiple variants from Mesoamerica.
  10. Caesar & Cleopatra - A bidding game, where players try to recruit Roman Senators to their cause. Part of the Kosmos two player series of games.
  11. Catan Card Game - A two player card game version of The Settlers of Catan.
  12. Chess - Probably the most famous perfect information game for two players in the world.
  13. Chinese Checkers - An abstract strategy game for two people that's simple enough that even young children can learn how to play.
  14. Connect Four - Players drop disks into a grid. The goal is to get four disks next to each other, either diagonally, horizontally, or vertically.
  15. Crocodile Pool Party - A racing game for two players, with crocodiles and swimmers trying to reach safety at the end of a swimming pool. Appropriate for kids. Part of the Kosmos 2 player board games series.
  16. Downfall - A Milton Bradley game from the 1970's. Downfall uses a vertical board with dials, and the goal is to get your discs moved to the bottom of the board.
  17. Dracula - Part of the 2 person board game series from Kosmos. One player is Dracula, looking for victims. The other is Van Helsing, looking for Dracula's coffins. (We've also included this in our list of horror board games.)
  18. Dragonheart - A fantasy themed entry in the Kosmos 2 person board game series. One player plays the treasure-seeking dragons while the other player plays the dragon hunters.
  19. Elk Fest - A moose wants to move across a river. Wooden disks represent stepping stones. Part of the Kosmos two person boardgames series.
  20. Fanorona - An abstract strategy game from Madagascar. It's similar to tic tac toe.
  21. Ghosts - Each players has four good ghosts and four bad ghosts. Your goal is to get rid of your bad ghosts and get rid of your opponent's good ghosts.
  22. GIPF - An abstract strategy board game designed by Kris Burm. Players push tokens on a hexagonal board.
  23. Go - An ancient Chinese board game with simple rules but a strong strategic element. Players place black and white stones on the intersections of a 19X19 grid. The object of the game is to control space on the board.
  24. Gone Fishing! - One player is the fishermen and the other player is the fish. Then the players switch roles. One of Kosmos' two player game series.
  25. Guess Who? - A guessing game similar to 20 question that Milton Bradley published in the UK in 1979 and in the USA in 1982.
  26. Hares and Hounds - A French board game where one player plays three hounds, while the other player plays the hare. The hare's goal is to escape the hounds; the hounds' goal is to capture the hare.
  27. Heave Ho! - Two Scotsmen engage in a tug of war, which is simulated using a deck of cards. Winners of each tug of war get a barrel of whiskey. The first player to win three barrels of whiskey is the big winner.
  28. Hellas - An ancient Greece themed game of combat. Part of the Kosmos two player series.
  29. Hera & Zeus - Another entry in the Kosmos two player series of boardgames. Players portray Greek gods who want to destroy each other.
  30. Hijara - An abstract strategy game designed by Martin H. Samuel in 1985. "Hijara" is the Arabic word for "small stones."
  31. Ingenious: Travel Edition - A 2 player travel version of the Ingenious board game.
  32. Isola - An abstract strategy game played on a 7X7 grid. Each player has a single piece.
  33. Jambo - A card game where players are merchants selling wares from market stands.
  34. Janggi - A popular abstract strategy game in Korea, Janggi is also called Korean chess.
  35. Kahuna - Players place bridges around islands. The Rio Grande version has high production values, and the game is part of the Kosmos two player game series.
  36. Kalah - A variation of mancala invented in 1940 by William Julius Champion Jr.
  37. Kamisado - A two person board game played on an 8X8 grid. Each player controls dragon towers that match the colors on the squares.
  38. Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation - Each player controls nine characters from Middle Earth. One side represents good and the other, evil. Combat is resolved via card play.
  39. Lord of the Rings: The Duel - A card game that represents the duel between Gandalf and the Balrog. This one is a lot of fun.
  40. Lord of the Rings: The Search - Frodo and Sam search for Mount Doom on a map. I didn't much like this game.
  41. Lost Cities - A Reiner Knizia card game from 1999. The game does use boards for the placement of the cards, but it's really a card game, not a board game. The game is so much fun I had to include it though.
  42. Master Mind - A code breaking board game invented by Mordecai Meirowitz in 1970.
  43. Nine Men's Morris - An abstract strategy game that dates back to the Roman Empire.
  44. Obsession - A 1977 board game which involves moving rings in numbered slots.
  45. Odin's Ravens - Ravens race across different types of land represented by cards. Part of the Kosmos 2 person board games series.
  46. Oware - A member of the mancala family of board games.
  47. Patolli - A race/war game that was focused on gambling. It's an ancient Mesoamerican game.
  48. Perry Rhodan: The Cosmic League - Players transport merchandise between planets. A science fiction entry in the two person boardgame series from Kosmos. (You can read about more science fiction board games here.)
  49. Plateau - A self-published game designed by Jim Albea.
  50. The Reef - Players form a reef. Then they collect worms, which enable them to breed fish. Part of the Kosmos two player board game series.
  51. Reversi - Also commonly known as Othello. An abstract strategy board game played on an 8X8 grid. The playing pieces are black on one side and white on the other.
  52. Rithmomachy - An early European boardgame that's also called "The Philosopher's Game."
  53. Senet - An ancient Egyptian board game.
  54. Shogi - The most popular Japanese version of a chess game.
  55. Snakes and Ladders - An ancient Indian board game. The object is to get one's game piece from the bottom of the board to the top of the board.
  56. Starship Catan - A two player card game version of Starfarers of Catan.
  57. Stratego - A Milton Bradley board game with a 10X10 gameboard and 40 pieces for each player. The pieces represent soldiers. The goal is to capture the opponent's flag.
  58. Sugoroku - There are actually two Japanese board games with this name. One is similar to backgammon. The other is similar to Snakes and Ladders.
  59. Tally Ho! - One player plays the hunters and lumberjacks. The other player plays the foxes and the bears. Part of the Kosmos 2 person boardgames series.
  60. Times Square - A Reiner Knizia board game for 2 players. Each player has six game figures they're trying to move to the opposite side of the board. Part of the Kosmos two player series.
  61. Twilight Struggle - A Cold War themed board game with a victory point system. One of the most popular board games of recent years.
  62. Ubongo: Duel - Players each try to solve a puzzle. The player who finishes the puzzle fastest gets to move his pawn forward on the game board.
  63. Xianggi - A Chinese board game similar to chess.

Did I miss your favorite 2 person board game? If so, contact us, and we'll update the page by adding your favorite 2 player board games.

1 Player Games

Sometimes people are looking for 1 player games. There are board games suitable for solitaire play. Here are a couple of suggestions:

  1. Agricola
  2. The Walking Dead
  3. Ambush!
  4. Carrier
  5. Star Smuggler