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Game Night For Couples

Updated on August 2, 2013

Variations on games to make them two player!

My husband and I love board games and we have people over at least once a week for game nights. But sometimes we just want to spend a silly evening by ourselves and it can be hard to find games that work for only two players.

We've had a lot of fun modifying games so we can play them just the two of us. Here are a few we've tried!

(Picture is me playing Apples to Apples!)


Cranium: Pop 5

The distinctive feature of Cranium games is all the different ways you can give your clues

It's like Pictionary and Charades and several other games wrapped up in one.

For this version, the opposing team looks at the card and decides which of the five possible ways to represent the clue would be the most challenging. They rate that at five points, the next most challenging at four, etc. Then the member on your team chooses how many points to try for as they try to get you to guess the word on the card.

How do you do that without teams?

We randomized the points. We took the five tokens that represent the five different ways to give the clue (drawing, humming, sculpting, acting out, rolling letter dice), shook them around, and placed them upside down on each of the five points values.

Then one of us picked up the card and decided which way would be the easiest to get the other person to guess and did that. Afterwards, if the other person guessed correctly, we turned over the tokens to find out how many points they got!

Not the perfect way to play the game, but it was really fun!

Apples to Apples

A ridiculously fun game of pairing words with descriptions.

The active player picks up a random adjective card and all the other players pick one of the noun cards in their hand that they think best represents it (or most hilariously represents it) and the active player sees all those nouns without knowing who entered which one. He picks the one he likes best and that player wins the round and keeps the adjective card.

How can you do that with only one person putting in a noun for the other to judge?

By using a player our friends like to call Rando Calrissian.

The active player picks the adjective card. The other player selects his noun card and then more cards are added from the deck. As many as you'd like. You can have three or four Random players.

The active player then has to guess which noun his partner entered and if he guesses right, he gets the point for the round.

You will be very surprised by how right on the nose the random cards can be! It's surprisingly difficult.

Another game you can do this with is Cards Against Humanity. This game is known as Apples to Apples for people with a dark sense of humor. Instead of a noun there is a sentence and the players fill in the blank with the cards from their hands, but both the sentences and the answers tend to be quite sick and twisted!

Cards Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity

(Only if you have a twisted sense of humor, this one is NOT family safe!) But wow, really frighteningly hilarious.


Did you know you can play Risk with only two players?

Check your game manual for a two player variation!

Games You Can Both Win

Cooperative games are a great way to not be fighting against your spouse

Instead, you'll both be fighting against the board!

Our absolute favorite is one that can be played with two to five and that is Sentinels of the Multiverse. It's a fairly new game and has quickly become my very favorite.

Each person plays a hero and each hero has its own deck and its own set of abilities. You pick a villain who gets his own deck and an environment with its own deck. The game is pretty much endlessly re-playable and there's lots of expansion packs to get even more heroes, villains, and environments.

Pandemic Board Game
Pandemic Board Game

A favorite of my friends, but I've never cared for it.

Castle Panic
Castle Panic

Cute, fun co-op game trying to stop attacks on the castle. It is very simple and easy to learn.

Forbidden Island
Forbidden Island

A simple game with an Indiana Jones feeling!


Made for Two Players

These games were made for 2 or more players and they play just great with two!

Rio Grande Games Dominion
Rio Grande Games Dominion

A great game to own because it is different every time you play it. It's a deck building game, which means you are choosing and buying cards and their abilities on each turn, but there are a random selection of cards available, which means a new strategy every time. (I highly recommend taking the witch card out and not playing with it. It is one of the few cards that directly attacks the other player and feelings can get hurt!)


Quirky card game where you each control a family of characters and play cards on them to try to make them as miserable as possible while the other player tries to make them happy! The best part is the crazy stories you can come up with for why your character was attacked by midgets or was devoured by weasels.

Ticket To Ride
Ticket To Ride

Really fun game of building railway lines across America!

Lord Of The Rings Confrontation Boardgame
Lord Of The Rings Confrontation Boardgame

A Stratego-like game that we have not tried yet. It's on my list to get because we love LoTR and it looks like a very interesting game.

Hive- A Game Crawling With Possibilities
Hive- A Game Crawling With Possibilities

Another one we haven't tried yet but looks super fun. You create the board as you go.


What are your favorite board games?

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      Jeremy 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Interesting! I'm always tweaking the rules of games to make them fun for different numbers of people or for kids and adults to play together. Thanks for these ideas.

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      PhilVardy 4 years ago

      I love board games! Imagine a world with no TV - just board games and other things (crafts, cooking, books) to entertain,,,,

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      RuthMadison 4 years ago

      @Cynthia Haltom: So true!

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      These are some really good ideas especially for 2 people. It is often difficult to find something to do as an alternative to TV.

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      JayRockins 4 years ago

      Apple to apples is one of my favorites :) Cool lens!

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      GeekGirl1 4 years ago

      These are great!