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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

2 Player Strategy Games for Teens & Tweens


We are a board game family!  Our closet is full of 3 to 5 player board games that are perfect for family game night, but our teenage children now want some challenging 2 player games they can play against each other outside of family game night, or when they have a friend over. 

Sometimes siblings are busy and your can't get enough people to play the game, 2 player games are the perfect solution!  We have twin teenagers, so 2 player board games are perfect for us!

My teens are growing our of toys and their tastes for electronics is usually out of my price range.  Last year I bought them several 2 person board games for Christmas and for their birthday, all received with much success!  

These are also great solutions for adults without children who want strategy based 2 player games!

7 Wonders Duel Board Game

This is my teen son's new favorite game, 7 Wonders Duel!  It is the two player version of our family favorite, 7 Wonders. Experience an intense two-player struggle for supremacy in the ancient world! Challenge your opponent and bring your civilization to victory with Prestigious Buildings, Military Supremacy or Scientific Supremacy.

 Decide to invest in science, military or prestige. If you fail to build defenses, your capital city may be destroyed, but ignore technology and your people may be left in the dark ages. Will your city achieve greatness, or will your opponent prevent you from completing all your Wonders?

One game of 7 Wonders Duel plays over the course of three rounds, called Ages, during which you will choose cards with increasingly powerful effects. Each card you choose will influence your general strategy.

7 Wonders Duel
Ages 10 and Up
Average Play Time: 30 minutes

Codenames: Duet - 

The Two Player Word Deduction Game

Another 2 player version of a family game night favorite! Codenames Duet game is perfect gift for a teen who wants some quick fun rounds with their friends.  My boys will play 4 to 6 rounds of this in a row! Based-on the original party game hit, Codenames, Codenames Duet is a standalone co-op clue giving adventure that sends you and your partner on a top secret mission to a crowded city. Your objective? Contact 15 agents while avoiding a band of enemy assassins.  

You know the agents that your partner can contact safely; they know the agents you can contact safely. By giving each other one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board, you must try to find all the agents before your turns run out.

400 all new words compatible with original Codenames
New cooperative gameplay
Campaign mode to record your progress
Variable difficulty to challenge even the greatest spies

Imhotep The Duel is the 2-Player Version of  Imhotep, Builder of Egypt Board Game.  

In this two-player version of the award-winning Imhotep board game, players take on the roles of Nefertiti and Akhenaten, one of ancient Egypt's most famous royal couples. Game pieces must be cleverly placed so that players can unload the most valuable tiles from the six boats. While this is happening, each player builds their own four monuments in order to gain as many points as possible.

his tiny worker placement game is HUGE on strategy. It is not merely a rehash of the original. Rather, the creator was able to take a few key elements and develop a brand new game.

Imhotep: The Duel
Ages 10 and up
Average Playing Time: 30 Minutes

Kahuna Board Game: 2 Player Kosmos Game Area Control Strategy 

Kahuna is another great 2 player game by one of our favorite game makers, Kosmos. Who will rule the South Seas? Two Kahuna — ancient sorcerers of the Pacific — compete for dominance on an archipelago consisting of twelve small islands. Using their magic and wisdom, they struggle for control of the islands. They anxiously await the cards handed to them by fate. But when the time is right, they move to capture one, two, or even more islands, trying to gain the upper hand. At the mercy of the magical powers of the South Seas, they quickly realize that even the best magic is no good without strategy.

Ages 10 and up
Average Playing Time: 30 Minutes

The Fox in The Forest Duet is a cooperative 2 player only version of the classic The Fox in the Forest.
It's a trick taking game with a tiny bit of a board game element. Duet is cooperative whereas the original Fox in the Forest is competitive. In Duet you are working together to strategically control who wins the trick in order to move the "Fox" towards whoever won the trick. You're trying to clear all the gem tokens within 3 rounds to win.

Work together to play tricks and move through the forest. Use the special abilities of the characters to exchange cards with each other, then let your teammate follow with any card, and more. Win as a team by collecting all the gems, but be careful to stay on the path and not get lost. Most points at the end wins.

The Fox in the Forest: Duet
Ages 10 and Up.
Average Playing Time: 30 Minutes

Jaipur Board Game (New Edition) 

Strategy Game for Adults and Kids

Two Player Trading Game

In Jaipur, players take on the roles of two of the city’s most powerful traders seeking to become the Maharaja’s personal trader by amassing more riches than their opponent. This new edition features an exclusive metallic collectible coin.

Collect and exchange goods at the market then sell them for rupees. Arrange a larger sale to receive a reward. The camels have no sale value but are very useful for trading, especially when you want a lot of goods from the market. Out-trade your opponent to obtain the Maharajah's favor. At the end of each round, the richest trader receives a Seal of Excellence. The first player to collect 2 Seals of Excellence wins the game.

Blending strategy and luck, Jaipur is a fast-paced game that is simple to learn while offering plenty of depth to dedicated players.

Ages 10 and Up
Average Playing Time: 30 Minutes

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