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Top 10 Two Player Only Games

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A video listing my top 10 favourite 2p only games. Spoilers below…
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Top 10:
10. …and then we held hands
09. The Institute for Magical Arts
08. Fjords
07. Capo Dei Capi
06. Trambahn
05. Claustrophobia
04. Carcassonne: The Castle
03. Jaipur
02. Akrotiri
01. Targi

53 Comments

  1. My Wife and I just picked up And then we held hands. Been playing it and loving it. It's really wonderful and meaningful for it to be a cooperative game, you are right, there ain't many. It's nice to be playing together to solve something rather than against one another. Love it.

  2. I have just come home from my FLGS having bought Tessen (on the strength of a Rahdo video).

    Looks a very fun and frantic 2 player game.

  3. Raptor is one 2p game we enjoy very much lately. Very fun and tense chess-like game.

  4. TARGI is a fair #1. such a great game. Replayability is infinite!

  5. Nice close Dutch tilt, very engaging framing.

  6. While Targi is a really nice game, we found it a bit long as a small 2p affair…which is why we much prefer Lost Cities, Jaipur, and Capo de Capi. We also tried Trambahn, which was ok, but it left us a bit flat. I keep waffling on Akrotiri…looks like fun! Nice list overall!

  7. It's a pity most are fillers, would be nice a lot more of medium-heavy euros for 2P

  8. Hey, rahdo, recently I got Fungi (Morels) after I saw your video on it. How do you feel about the game compared to your top 10 now? I found it to be very enjoyable and the theme is just fabulous.

  9. Would it be fair to compare the Targi mechanism to Tic-Tac-Toe?

  10. Patchwork and Hive missing for me… But Jaipur – brilliant !

  11. This is a good little list. I really enjoy the kind of differences and all that between all of them (and I'm a fan of small box games). I don't have as many 2 player games to make such a list but I am a little surprised "Patchwork" isn't on there (you don't have to explain, I'm not angry at yah :p )

    Now, I have two interesting games, one of them is this little game called "Lets Catch The Lion" which is like, the most adorable little abstract game from japan.
    And another one is Glastonbury.

    "But Splotchy, that's a four player game" I hear you cry.

    Yes, yes it is. But Kupferkessel Co. 'isnt', it's two player only. Which is basically what Glastonbury is, and if you want, you can pretty much use Glastonbury to play Kupferkessel Co.

    But yeah, great choices. I'd have different ones, but you have also pointed me to a couple of games I'll have to give a close look to later.

  12. I traded Targi away after 1 play, boy did I find that game to be the definition of BORING, for shame Rahdo, for shame!

  13. What are your thoughts on Battle Line. Even though it is battle themed it is more of a puzzle game. Easily my favorite two player game of all time (besides chess).

  14. Great to hear someone praise Carcassonne The Castle, which was my wife's and my gateway game. Hardly anyone ever brings it up, but it's a sweet little game that has held up great even after we're well through the gate.

  15. Jaipur is a favorite for me and my wife. Such a great, quick playing, easy to pick up game. I've also played a good bit of Patchwork with my kids as well.

    I am so bummed I waited to go after Akrotiri. The print run sold through, and by the time I was ready to order it, it was gone from stores. I looked around BGG to find out about the next print run and, according to the designer, Z-Man has decided not to reprint it.

  16. I had a dream last night you did a top 10 2 player game list…true story! 🙂 I could think of 3 off the top of my head and they were in there alright…

  17. Another great video. Missing for me are Patchwork and 7 Wonders: Duel, although I understand Richard is not particularly keen on those two games, which is fair enough. Jaipur is another of my favourites, so good to see it make the list here.

  18. How far outside of your top 10 is Lost Cities? It'd probably be #2 or #3 for me.

  19. Excellent video! Now I have to find Fjord and still looking for Carassone Castle!

  20. I felt that Institute for Magical Arts had too many effects that involved messing with your opponent's stuff. Never felt like I was building an engine. Just getting a nice thing every once in a while before it was torn away from me by my opponent.

  21. Agricola All Creatures Big and Small with expansion

  22. Claustrophobia best dungeon crawl period? Do you stand by this statement with games like Gloomhaven and sword & sorcery on the horizon?

    Cheers,

  23. Have to throw in the bgg go to. Twilight Struggle, such a great thematic battle.

  24. and then we held hands sounds really interesting .. a co-op game where you have to be considerate of the other player's state. I think I may grab that one if I can. Also I suspect that they've done some reprints of Claustrophobia as I managed to pick up the main box and the 2 expansions online recently and they were marked as 'New' just in etc. Get Jaipur, it's cheap, an excellent game and it's multi language I picked my version up in Spain.

  25. Speaking of 2 player games, after your suggestion I finally got myself a copy of Kuri Kuri Mix on Ps2, me and lisa have not filmed it yet but its ready and waiting!

  26. Yes! We absolutely love Targi too, such a great game 🙂

  27. Totally agree on Trambahn – I love, love, love this game! Thanks to you for helping me discover it back when it released 🙂 I would put Patchwork on my list.

  28. Really really love your choices for two player games rahdo. I'll be looking up some of those games. Thumbs up!

  29. Hi Richard. Have you and Jen tried Thunder and Lightning (re-working of Hera and Zeus)? Beautiful artwork, easy to learn, great two-player game.

  30. Great list! I'd definitely include 7 Wonders Duel, Patchwork, Raptor, and Lost Cities in my list. Jaipur is my #1 for sure.

  31. Uh, no 7Wonders Duel, A few Acres of Snow, Arler Erde, Patchwork, Morels – interesting list anyway.

  32. Wow! Targi is #1?? Im honestly not surprised with that choice. what an incredible game. Any possibility you will be reviewing the expansion?

  33. Hey. Neat list but I was expecting Fields of Arle on it. Just curious why you did not have that in your top ten?

  34. Have you thought of providing a list of all the games you have kept? I would love to see that.

  35. Was hoping for more co-op games in this list. Do you have any recommendations for some good two player co-op games? Doesn't have to be exclusively two player!

  36. Thank you for highlighting some lower profile games that haven't been talked up to death on everyone else's best 2 player lists!

  37. I know you said that you dont like games where you attack each other, but I highly recommend The Duke and The Jarl. Both are tile laying games similar to chess with an added twist. Very very fun!

  38. love your videos and gameplays… def looking for more 2 player games as kids growing up.. is this list your list or your and jen list ..or what is jen's top ten

  39. This list is so far from what mine looks like! But that is to be expected as my wife and i enjoy conflict.

  40. Could you update your list restricting it to games that are not hard to find or out of print? Thanks!

  41. My personal top 10:
    1) 7 Wonders Duel (with the Pantheon expansion).
    2) Patchwork
    3) Lost Cities
    4) Jaipur
    5) Tides of Time
    6) Fugitive
    7) Odin’s Ravens
    8) Castellen
    9) Yinsh
    10) Kahuna

  42. Finally – the list without 7 Wonders: Duel.

  43. Came back to this one after your more recent best 2p only games as I had not watched it. Some great ones in here, and excited to see Fjords is now on Kickstarter!

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