My top 10 Favorite Cooperative Games for Two Players -

My top 10 Favorite Cooperative Games for Two Players

Jamey Stegmaier
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In this week’s video I discuss cooperative games that work particularly well for exactly 2 players (even if they also work well at other player counts). Honorable mentions include Aeon’s End, Arkham Horror LCG, Burgle Bros, Chronicles of Crime, Dead Men Tell No Tales, Flash Point, Forbidden Desert, Fox and the Forest Duet, Gloomhaven, Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle, Mansions of Madness, Marvel Champions, The Crew, Sentinels of the Multiverse, Spirit Island, Summit, Tainted Grail, The Captain Is Dead, The Mind, Too Many Bones, Fog of Love, Orleans w/Invasion, and Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective.

Sleeping Gods would have played this list if I had played it before filming this video.

1. Shards of Infinity with Shadow of Salvation
2. Pandemic Legacy Season 0
3. TIME Stories Revolution
4. Legacy of Dragonholt
5. Codenames Duet
6. Unlock
7. Hanabi
8. Shipwreck Arcana
9. The 7th Continent
10. Mysterium Park

Favorite 2-player games:
Favorite multiplayer games that play well at 2 players:
Favorite cooperative games:
Favorite cooperative games (no quarterbacking):

00:00 – Introduction
01:50 – Top 10 List

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Intro animation by Jeff Payne and video proofing by Cody Simonsen


  1. Cantaloop is really fun with 2 players. Have you tried it?

  2. How does Shards of Infinity coop compare to something like Aeon’s End?

  3. You should also check out Shut Up and Sit Down’s “Chess Month” series for non cooperative two player games.

  4. My wife and I enjoy Volfyrion by Tabula Games which is a deck builder with a Co-op mode, so will have to look into Shards of Infinity. Also good to hear that Season 0 of Pandemic Legacy plays well at 2 players, I've been wondering about that as its on my list of possible games to get.

  5. That should have been…..although I like Competitive games more.

  6. I like the Crew best in the Cooperative category – althiugh I tend to like Cooperative games more.

    Jamey – please consider for a future video – focus on elegant, streamlined games with few elements – but yet there is great game depth – thanks.

  7. Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective?

    I realize it is barely a game in some ways, but it is great nonetheless.

  8. Quirky Circuits, Magic Maze, Micro Macro Crime City.

  9. Great video! I’ll add some of my favorites:

    Cthulhu: Death May Die
    Marvel United
    LOTR: Journeys in Middle Earth

  10. I didn't even know Hanabi played 2 players. I can't imagine a couple not owning Sherlock Holmes, though.

  11. Cool map in the background, is that Wales? Where'd you get the poster/art?

  12. Near and Far with the Amber Mines expansion to play cooperative I found worked really well 2p with my son!

  13. for similar reasons to pandemic legacy season zero (if not the general theme of the game), I enjoy Clank! Legacy

  14. Awesome list here Jamey. Boy do I really need to get my hands on Mysterium Park. I love Shards and Codenames Duet. I’ll actually be a guest on Ruel Gaviola’s twitch stream tomorrow night playing Codename Duet! Should be fun.

  15. My husband and I have also enjoyed most of the recent Prospero Hall IP co-op games (Horrified, BTTF etc). This is a good list!

  16. When the pandemic started last year I dove head-first into Arkham Horror LCG and it has been amazing! The deck construction isn't for everyone, but there are so many tough decisions to make in the building and even more so in every play. The mechanics of it actually make it feel like a board game more than a card game. Upgrading our decks with better equipment and allies between each game is another fun bit that keeps us thinking and talking about the game in between scenarios. The story each scenario brings keeps us coming back for more to find out what happens next and to have a hand in our character's fates. Amazing game and will always be in my collection.

  17. Great list, thanks for posting it! Have you tried the campaign mode for Hero Realms? I've heard you mention Star Realms on other lists but I found the co-op expansion for that disappointing. The Hero Realms version is much better and if you know one game, you know them both. 🙂

  18. Street Masters is a wonderful cooperative 2-player game that deserves more love. My girlfriend and I play a lot of Fox in the Forest Duet and Codenames Duet, and I am REALLY hoping she likes Dice Throne Adventures.

  19. I think we need a SM two player game

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