Top 5 Cooperative Board Games for Two Players

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We’ll be keeping this list updated throughout the year


When we’re looking for cooperative board games for two players, we want games that give both people an equal say in how they approach the game. We also want them to be challenging, at a least a little thematic, and fun!

The board games listed below aren’t necessarily best with two players, but they are, in our collective opinion, the best two-player cooperative board games out there right now. I guess you could also look at it as a list of great board games for couples.

So let’s get to it then… Here are our Top 5 Cooperative Board Games for Two Players!


5. Escape: The Curse of the Temple
escape the curse of the temple review

Year Published: 2012, Game Length: 10 minutes

If you like real-time games, then Escape: the Curse of the Temple is a must-buy since it is one of the best real-time board games for two players. It’s intense, extremely fun, and it only takes 10 minutes to play! It also happens to be one of our favorite family games.

Escape is a game that will stay on your board game shelf permanently regardless of how often you play it. You can play three or four games in succession or just use it as a quick 10-minute filler before you play a bigger game.

Read our full Escape: the Curse of the Temple review

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4. Elder Sign
elder sign board game review

Year Published: 2011, Game Length: 60+ minutes

Arkham Horror and Eldritch Horror are very good games, but Elder Sign is easily our favorite Lovecraftian board game for two right now. There is very little downtime between turns and the tension level is perfect throughout the game.

If you like the the Lovecraftian theme and dice-chucking, then chances are you will be a fan of Elder Sign. Not only is it one of the better cooperative board games for 2 players, it also made it onto our top co-op games list.

Read our full Elder Sign review

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3. The Lord of the Rings: The Card Gamelord of the rings the card game review

Year Published: 2011, Game Length: 60+ minutes

The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is seen by many as being a great solo game, but we think it’s also one of the better co-op board games for two players. The theme is strong, the artwork is fantastic, and the base game and its expansions tell great stories.

If you love The Lord of the Rings and want a great two-player board game, this is a must-buy. Just be warned that this is a living card game, so you will be very tempted to grab all of the adventure packs and expansions, which is a bit of an investment.

Read our full The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game review

Get your copy of The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game here!


2. Ghost StoriesGhost Stories review

Year Published: 2008, Game Length: 60 minutes

We think Ghost Stories is one of the best cooperative board games around, and it plays extremely well with two. The game is simple to learn, but man-oh-man is it hard to beat. It forces you to work with your partner to try to save the village by getting help from villagers and attacking ghosts at the right times.

Ghost Stories is the game to get if you love the horror theme, want a very tough challenge, or you just want a co-op game that you are pretty much guaranteed to enjoy. I have personally played Ghost Stories more than any other cooperative board game.

Read our full Ghost Stories review

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1. Pandemicpandemic board game review

Year Published: 2008, Game Length: 30-90 minutes

We’re making Pandemic our top board game for two players over Ghost Stories because it has a theme that absolutely everyone can get into. Solving the disease puzzle is as fun after 50+ plays as it is when you first get started. There’s just so much replay value here, especially when you add in one or more of the Pandemic expansions. Pandemic plays well at all player counts (1-4), so you can be sure that you will have a good time when it is just two of you or when you have a few more people over.

If you want a lighter game with a Pandemic feel, definitely check out Forbidden Island and/or Forbidden Desert. Both games were created by Pandemic designer Matt Leacock.

Read our full Pandemic review

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Honorable Mentions

Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective – One of our favorite board games. And it happens to play very well with two. (read our full review)

Flash Point: Fire Rescue – We prefer this excellent firefighting game with more players, but it’s still one of the better cooperative board games for two players. (read our full review)

Defenders of the Realm – Pandemic-like game with a fantasy theme. Tons of fun at all player counts. (read our full review)

The Ravens of Thri Sahashri – This two-player only game is as unique as they come. If you like the theme, chances are you will love this game. (read our full review)

 

What are your favorite cooperative board games for two players? Let us know in the comments!

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