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July 29, 2017

Sophie Miller

Best Two-Player Games for Friendship Day

Topics: Learning Through Play

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Tomorrow is the United Nation’s International Friendship Day, and while it’s not a widely known holiday, at ThinkFun, friendship is of the utmost importance to us. Friends are the family that you choose, supporting you when you’re feeling down and celebrating with you when things are going your way. One of the best feelings is hanging out with a group of friends who get you and love you. But, while you can never have too many friends, sometimes it’s fun to spend some one-on-one time with your close pals. Find some of our favorite picks for games for just you and your best bud below.

Dweebies

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Dweebies is a card game for 2-6 players, which packs light and needs nothing more than a large surface and the card deck. The deck features a slew of the adorable creatures called Dweebies, who wear different costumes and have different appearances. Your goal as the player is to see how many Dweebies you can collect by matching cards on the ends of rows or columns. It's simple to learn and has a sense of creativity and playfulness to it that we love: for example, the player with the most hair on their head gets the first turn. Dweebies introduces early concepts of card-counting and risk-taking in gameplay. 

2-6 players; Ages 8 and up

Spinaroo

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Spinaroo is one of the newest games from our ThinkFun line, and we couldn’t be more excited to help your kids count their way to victory! Spinaroo is best played with a parent or older friend in order to help younger kids get a better sense of the counting mechanic – once they feel more confident, they can play amongst themselves! The game comes with a super fun spinner that dispenses number tokens into the tray, and kids collect tokens by proving and exercising their counting prowess! Great for learning counters and color-sorters.

2-6 players; Ages 4 and up

BraveRats

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This awesome, two-player card game is the next step for those kids who have mastered War and need something more advanced. Fast-paced with head-to-head gameplay, BraveRats has cards numbered from 0 to 7, and the highest card wins. One twist: every card comes with a special power, some of which even overpower cards with a higher number! A great quick game that can be played over and over again.

2 players; Ages 8 and up

Forbidden Island

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We’ve featured this game before, but, as one of our favorites, we have no problem sharing it again! Forbidden Island and its slightly more difficult older sister game, Forbidden Desert, are collaborative games that pit the whole group against the clock and its threat of destruction! I’ve played this one with two players, and while playing with two reduces the speed at which the clock ticks down, you also have to be more economic with your moves, as you have fewer teammates to help you out. As a collaborative game, this one is especially good for siblings or two kids who might not get along all the time, or have problems with more competitive games.

2-4 players; Ages 10 and up

Word-A-Round

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One of our classics! We love Word-A-Round, the speed-based game for those who love words. Each card features three words, each written in a circle, with no indication of where it begins or ends. You and your opponent are in a race to figure out what the word is! Great for proficient readers with a mind for letters and how words work.

2 or more players; Ages 8 and up

7 Wonders Duel

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An offshoot of the incredibly popular 7 Wonders, 7 Wonders Duel minimizes gameplay to focus on only two players. As somebody who can never find a group of people who wants to play board games with me, I appreciate this. In the game, you pull cards to build Wonders, each of which gives you a special power and helps to further your civilization. 7 Wonders Duel combines strategy with drafting, an important skill for more advanced board games, and while it reduces the importance of speed, timing still plays an important part in building the best civilization possible.

2 players; Ages 10+

Games are a great way to spend time getting to know your friends. You can learn how they think and work together to solve problems, or work against each other to challenge each other to think in new ways! Make sure you try out our two-player game suggestions, and tell us which games are you and your best friend’s favorites on social media!

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