Jaipur is an interesting little two player game where you try to accumulate the most goods by first collecting the matching cards. That makes it sound very basic, but there are a couple little twists that make it a fairly strategic and replayable game.
Category Archives: 2 player games
The Fox in the Forest is a card game that tries to be something that’s always been very elusive: a good, interesting 2-player trick-taking game. If you’ve played and enjoyed trick-taking games like pinochle, spades, hearts, bridge, etc., you know that 2-player versions of those types of games are rarely any fun. They present a specific set of problems that TFITF sets out to overcome.
Star Realms is one of those deckbuilding games I talked about in an earlier post. It is a very fun little game that has many of the common deckbuilding traits but also has some unique features that make it stand out from the crowd.
When Jessica and I got engaged one of our good friends told us to pick out a game off Amazon for an engagement gift and she would get it for us. After looking at the millions of board games available I settled on Lost Cities the Card Game for three reasons: it was a 2-player game, it had stellar ratings, and it was very reasonably priced (about $13 on Amazon right now). Turns out it’s one of those great games that is simple to learn but has a ton of strategy, and it’s one of the best 2-player games I’ve played.
Patchwork is a 2 player game that bills itself as being about putting together the best and most beautiful quilt using patches and a board. I was a little skeptical, thinking “How do you determine who has the ‘best’ quilt?” But in reality the game has nothing to with quilting; it’s more like a 2 player version of Tetris, where both players have to try to fit pieces on the board as best they can to cover the most space, while managing your one resource effectively.
I talked about Agricola in an earlier post. Although I liked the game, it is definitely a complex game with a lot of things going on. There are fields to sow, crops to raise, animals to raise, houses to improve, family members to add, etc., etc., etc! It is definitely a lot. Apparently the designers agreed and they made a simplified 2-player only version. I picked it up after seeing a review on Amazon and I really enjoy it. I like the larger more complicated game as well, but this one is a lot easier to convince other people to play 😉
When I posted my thoughts on game different game elements including luck and strategy a friend asked why I didn’t talk about Fluxx. “Strategy in Fluxx?” I asked incredulously, “Is there such a thing?” Fluxx is one of those games where you can try to come up with a strategy but usually the game flow has a mind of its own and all your plans end up for naught. But it’s a heck of a lot of fun and more people need to know about it so I thought I’d give you the basic rundown.