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If you’re a big board game person, you might be a little bored (ha!) of the classics. You can only play so many games of Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders, and Battleship before needing a change of pace. A puzzle is a great option, sure, and books are helpful to turn to as well. But there are plenty of other board games and card games to play—some might even say, too many. To help you sort through them, we’ve rounded up some of the best board and card games to play with two players (and in some cases one).
FOR A WELL-DESERVED VACATION
This is the prettiest board game I’ve ever come across, and I think it’s one most of us need right now. You basically try to have the best vacation ever by seeing all the sights and eating all the food.
FOR MONOPOLY, BUT FASTER
This game is all of the fun you get from playing Monopoly, minus the five hour game time (and the screaming). Each game takes just 15 minutes, and after your first one, you’ll be hooked for sure.
Ticket To Ride
This game is great if you have anywhere from two to five players. And if you only have one, you can play with Alexa. Building train routes has never been so fun.
FOR CUTE LITTLE CRITTERS
This is my favorite card game out there. While it’s fun if you have more than two players, I have spent many nights playing it against just one friend. It takes a round or two to pick up the rules, but you’ve got time, right? Plus, look at how cute those Gubs are.
Scrabble is the perfect game for two people, in my opinion, and it only gets more fun when you add more players.
FOR EATING ALL THE FOOD
A friend brought this over two weeks ago, and at first, I was skeptical, but we couldn’t stop playing. Sushi Go is a fast-paced card game, where you pick a card to play, then pass your hand. It will keep you on your toes, and your brain engaged.
FOR TESTING YOUR LUCK
Yahtzee is 100% underrated, and I love this vintage bookshelf edition. It’s not the original version, but it’s pretty close, and comes with little chips that celebrate your Yahtzee feats, among other things.
FOR SMACK TALKING
I recently learned how to actually play dominoes. I’m not talking about building an elaborate contraption (although that’s equally as fun). The real game is fantastic and the rules are easy to learn. Honestly, who knew?
FOR APOLOGIZING AFTER TOO MUCH SMACK TALKING
Sorry! is a great game to learn sportsmanship and to just have fun playing. I recently played Sorry against an eight year old, and the sarcastic way he said “sorry,” whenever he bumped one of my pieces back to home made me want to scream. But let’s just say, I got the last laugh.
FOR A CLASSIC
You can’t go wrong with Candy Land. This is a great game for little one’s, but it’s fun for everyone, too.
FOR LIFE EXPERIENCE
The Game of Life
While you’re stuck inside, you can still be successful by playing The Game of Life. This version has pets, too.
FOR POORLY TIMED JOKES
Is this too on the nose? I mean, it is a great game.
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