The 16 Best Games You Can Play at Home with Just 2 People

updated Oct 24, 2023
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Why does it feel like all of the best games are made for three or more players? I could play Settlers of Catan all day, but that’s no help when just my boyfriend and I are having a night in and want to play something fun. The same is true for anyone who lives with just one other person, whether it be a roommate, partner, child, or some other kind of relationship.

Here’s a rare bit of good news: It turns out there are plenty of new, interesting games that are just as fun to play with two people as they are with four, five, or six players. So, to help you properly fill out your game collection, we did the hard work for you and rounded up a collection of the best games for two people. Below, you’ll find 16 options that are sure to keep you entertained, engaged, and — sometimes most importantly — unplugged.

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Sweet dreams are made of cheese, right? That's not exactly correct and that's the premise of the Misunderstood Songs game. Players compete to guess correct song lyrics using the 300 cards in the pack. Choose between a more competitive or casual style of play for a fun night with your favorite music lover.

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Umbra's four-in-a-row game is simple to play, making it suitable for all ages. The first player to get four of their game pieces in a row wins. Though the game is simple, the beautiful design makes this a perfect gift. The metallic finish and frosted game pieces are a fun addition to any coffee table or bookshelf. This is one of those games that you won't want to put away because it's so pretty.

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Looking for a game that’s going to be as relaxing as it is fun? The Hygge Conversation Game is exactly what it sounds like: a game to encourage friendly, relaxing, and interesting conversation. If your worst nightmare is silence or small talk — or if you and your partner feel like you've run out of things to talk about — this would be a great gift.

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Similarly to The Hygge Conversation Game, the Intimacy Deck is all about asking questions that, you guessed it, build intimacy and closeness with your partner and help you discuss topics you may have never broached before. By the time you get to the end of the deck, you’ll feel like you know each other that much better.

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Mancala is a game that's as pretty as it is fun, and it’s made just for two people. If you love the game, you can even invest in a cute set like this one — it’ll look great on your coffee table, even when not in use.

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was $30.00

Another classic non-board game, dominoes are easy to transport, easy to play, and can entertain for hours. Opt for a set that has a bit of a stylish upgrade, like this neon collection, for a bit of added fun.

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You might think you know what a memory game looks like, but this one is a bit different. Perfect for small or large groups, this game involves each participant choosing three cards — one with a person’s name, the other with a timeframe, and the third with a prompt. Together, these cards help the player conjure a specific memory and share it with the group.

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With this murder mystery game, you can try your hand at cracking 20 different cases, each one complete with beautiful and engaging illustrations. It's a great investment for the fall and winter, as it'll add hours of spooky, fun suspense to an overload of indoor time.

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A puzzle is a perfect game for two people. With one person, it can be overwhelming; with more than two, it can be frustrating and chaotic. Get some snacks ready and gather around this beautiful women’s suffrage-focused puzzle for hours of challenging play — and a hefty dose of fun facts.

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was $65.00

Wingspan is a pricier game, but it’s worth every penny. Players can buy, feed, or build nests for gorgeously illustrated birds and help them lay eggs. Not only is it a lengthy game that allows for individual strategy, but you also learn fun facts about birds along the way. You can play with up to five people, but it’s just as lovely and enjoyable with two.

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was $39.99

Codenames is a popular party game for groups, but did you know that it comes in a specialty set designed for just two players? You'll work together as a team on word association clues meant to help you identify all of your agents.

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was $19.99

Take the popular word game off your phone and into real life with the tangible card version, designed for two to four players. You'll take turns writing down a five-letter secret word while the other player tries to guess it in the fewest tries. Start studying that dictionary!

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was $18.99

All three of these classic games are built for two, and this reversible wooden board makes it possible to play all three. These games are timeless for a reason and are great ways to pass the time, perhaps with a glass of wine or a warm hot cocoa at your side.

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was $17.05

Who doesn’t love this classic card game? Uno is great for a crowd, but it can also be played with just two players. Just treat the reverse card like a skip, and the skip card as an extra turn.

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If you and your partner like to create content together at home, the TikTok challenge game would be a fun way to inspire some new ideas for your feed. The card deck includes hundreds of ideas for things to create for the social media app, and while you might not be able to do all of them at home, there are plenty of dances, lip syncs, and challenges that are perfect for your living room.

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Another cozy word game that’s perfect for two, bananagrams is all about creating crossword grids and using up all of the small letter tiles before your opponent does. The tiles come in an adorable banana-shaped bag, and is reminiscent of the game Scrabble.