Best 2 Player Board Games (Low Complexity)
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Best 2 Player Board Games (Low Complexity)

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Looking for a 2-player game without a lot of rules that almost anyone can learn and enjoy? Here are our recommendations.

⭐️ Top Picks

Our top recommendations in this category, and games that we personally own to fill this niche.

Lost Cities

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Release Year: 1999 Complexity: Low

  👥  2 Players

  ⏰  30-60 min

  💸 ~$25

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Summary: Set out on expeditions, trying to play as many cards of the same color as you can. But be careful you don’t score negative, especially with your opponent denying you cards.

You Might Like If… you enjoy card games where you collect sets of cards, taking risks to try to score lots of points, and the tension of denying your opponent the cards that they need.

Kingdomino

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Release Year: 2016 Complexity: Low

  👥  2-4 Players

  ⏰  15-25 min

  💸 ~$20

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Summary: Build a kingdom out of domino tiles, trying to score the most points for each of your sections of terrain.

You Might Like If… you enjoy working on your own little puzzle and trying to match dominos together to make groups of the same type.

Codenames: Duet

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Release Year: 2017 Complexity: Low

  👥  2 Players

  ⏰  15-30 min

  💸 ~$20

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Summary: Swap clever clues with your partner as you collaborate to identify the correct word cards from a grid.

You Might Like If… you enjoy clever word games and want a cooperative experience where you and your partner can work together instead of competing.

Crokinole

🟢 Ryan’s #23 All-Time

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Release Year: 1876 Complexity: Low

  👥  2-4 Players

  ⏰  15-45 min

  💸 ~$100

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Summary: Flick discs and try to control the board in this traditional Canadian dexterity game.

You Might Like If… you enjoy dexterity games like shuffleboard but want something that has more interest and excitement. Plays well with 2, or with 4 players in teams.

KLASK

🟢 Ryan’s #48 All-Time

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Release Year: 2014 Complexity: Low

  👥  2 Players

  ⏰  5-10 min

  💸 ~$60

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Summary: Try to hit the ball into your opponent’s goal using your magnetic piece, but avoid the small white magnets and falling in your own hole!

You Might Like If… you enjoy action dexterity games like Air Hockey but want something that is more compelling and with a smaller, cheaper footprint.

👍 Honorable Mentions

Games that missed being top picks, but that we still think are great choices for a lot of people.

Patchwork

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Release Year: 2014 Complexity: Low

  👥  2 Players

  ⏰  15-30 min

  💸 ~$30

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Summary: Puzzle together the most aesthetically pleasing and high-scoring quilt.

You Might Like If… you enjoy enjoy spatial puzzles and the opportunity for strategic control as you try to weigh your own choice of pieces with denying pieces to your opponent.

Morels

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Release Year: 2012 Complexity: Low

  👥  2 Players

  ⏰  15-30 min

  💸 ~$25

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Summary: Go on a relaxing walk through the woods foraging for mushrooms and cooking them up for the most points.

You Might Like If… you want a laid back card game with set collection, but with some interesting little twists and a sprinkling of interesting decisions.

Point Salad

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Release Year: 2019 Complexity: Low

  👥  2-6 Players

  ⏰  15-30 min

  💸 ~$20

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Summary: Collect salad ingredients and scoring cards as you try to combo together for the most points.

You Might Like If… you enjoy card games where you collect sets, but like the idea of your goals being different every game depending on the scoring cards that you collect.

Draftosaurus

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Release Year: 2019 Complexity: Low

  👥  2-5 Players

  ⏰  10-15 min

  💸 ~$20

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Summary: Collect dinosaurs to place in your park and score the most points, but be careful how you arrange all of the different species.

You Might Like If… you are looking for a really quick drafting game and like the idea of each player filling up their own board with little dinosaurs. The back side of the board provides an alternative game mode for extra replay value.

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