Stay At Home Date Night Ideas | The Best 2 Player Games

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Having a date night out on the town can be a blast, but sometimes you just want to stay at home and chill. I’ve put together the best 2 player games to help you with date night ideas. Whether you’re a dating couple, newlyweds or have been married for years, you’re sure to find a few games that the two of you will enjoy playing together!

Having a date night out on the town can be a blast, but sometimes you just want to stay at home and chill. I've put together the best 2 player games to help you with date night ideas. Whether you're a dating couple, newlyweds or have been married for years, you're sure to find a few games that the two of you will enjoy playing together!

couple playing mini foosball

Need a fabulous date night idea that won’t break the bank? Why not do what we do and have fun playing games. Whether you’re currently planning a stay-at-home date night or are planning ahead and need ideas for a future impromptu date night, these 2 player games are perfect!

Whether it be cards or a board game, Trent and I love to play games. I will admit that we’re both a bit competitive. Sometimes a second round is started just so the loser can try again.

I’ve broken the games up into six  different categories: card games, board games, strategy games and action games, mini tabletop games and outdoor games.

2 Player Card Games

skip bo cards
Skip Bo

Are you ready for the ultimate game of sequence?

Each player starts the game with a pile of 30 cards. On your turn, draw five cards. Build piles in the shared playing area by using either the cards in your hand, the card from the top of your pile, or the top card from your four discard piles. The tricky part is that piles must be formed in sequential order starting at 1 or with a Skip Bo.

Be the first player to get rid of your entire pile of 30 cards and you’ll win the game!

grab your copy of skip bo here

 
 

Phase 10Phase 10

This rummy-type game is one that is highly addictive. I’ll go ahead and admit that Trent and I get quite competitive when we play this card game!

Players must go through 10 different phases (runs or sets as specified on the phase card). If you don’t complete your phase but your opponent does, they get to move on to the next phase while you get left behind until you complete the phase you are on. Don’t worry – there will be plenty of opportunities to catch up later.

The first player to complete all 10 phases wins!

grab your copy of phase 10 here

 
 
Uno

UNO

This wonderful card game is not just for the little kids, but perfect for big kids too!

Players take turns playing from the cards in their hand by playing the same color or numbered card in the discard pile. Watch out for the Draw Two, Skip, Reverse and Wild cards as they can change the course of the game.

When you have one card remaining in your hand, make sure to shout out UNO. If you don’t and your opponent catches you you’ll have to draw two cards! The first person to get rid of all of their cards wins!

grab your copy of uno here

 
 

spot it cards
Spot It

You’ll need to be fast to win at this matching game. Between all 55 cards, there is always one matching symbol between any two cards. Be the first to find that symbol and win!

Mix up the gameplay by choosing from the five various ways to play! Let the concentration begin!

grab your copy of spot it here

 
 
Photo Credit: Jon Ross

Photo Credit: Jon Ross

Rummy

Grab your playing cards and enjoy a few rounds of Rummy!

Take turns forming runs or sets with your playing cards. The first person to play all of their cards and go out wins the round.

At the end of each round, points are tallied with the winner of that round getting additional points.

If you’re feeling risky, you can attempt to get Rummy by holding all of your cards and playing them at once. But be forewarned as that play could come back to bite you in the tooty!

Reader Tip: For a bit of a challenge, make the Jokers “wild” or deuces (gives you 4 wild cards versus the 2 Jokers).

grab your copy of playing cards here

 
 

2 Player Board Games

Scrabble board gameScrabble

Players take turns using lettered tiles to form words, placing them on the game board and earning points for each piece played. Rack up the points by taking advantage of the premium squares that give extra points.

The rules state that words must be defined in a standard dictionary, but you’ll want to watch out for cheaters that want to make up words of their own!

grab your copy of scrabble here

 
 
Monopoly board game

Monopoly

Grab your cash, roll the dice to make your way around the board and get ready to dominate the market as you purchase properties. You’ll not only collect rent on your properties when your opponent lands on them but you’ll also get $200 every time you pass GO!

You never know what you might draw with the Community Chest and Chance cards – you may win a contest, be taken to a certain spot on the board or be forced to pay the other players. Do your best to avoid the Property and Luxury Tax spaces because they can get costly.

The player with the most money/properties wins the game!

Tip: The trick to winning the game is to buy as many properties as you can get your hands on. Shhh…don’t tell Trent that I shared his secret!

grab your copy of monopoly here

 
 

CheckersCheckers

Each player moves their pieces diagonally across the game board with the object of reaching the other side and getting crowned. The game is won when you capture your opponent’s pieces or when no moves are left!

grab your copy of checkers here

 
 

2 Player Strategy Games

Rummikub

Rummikub

Each player takes turns combining tiles with various numbers and colors and playing them as runs or sets. As your opponent is making his move, come up with a strategy that will help you get rid of all of your tiles (hopefully you’ll draw the wild-card joker to increase your luck). The first person to empty their tile rack wins the game.

grab your copy of rummikub here

 
 
sequence board game

Sequence

What do you get when you mix poker chips and cards with a board game – Sequence!

Choose a card from your hand and place one of your poker chips on a corresponding space on the board. The strategy begins as you must also block your opponents and remove their chips. The first player with five in a row gets sequence and wins the game!

grab your copy of sequence here

 
 
Blokus game

Blokus

This fast-paced game of strategy has endless possibilities!

Each player takes turns placing their pieces on the board. But there’s a catch! Each new piece played must touch another piece of the same color, but only corner-to-corner contact is allowed.

The game’s score is based on whether or not you played all of your pieces plus the number of squares in your unplayed pieces. Let the strategy begin!

grab your copy of blokus here

 
 

Battleship game
Battleship

Are you ready for head-to-head battle? Each player places his ships on his portable battle case.  Locate your enemy’s opponent’s ships by calling out their positions, placing red and white pegs on your battle case to remember where you’ve launched your attacks.

The first person to destroy all five of their opponent’s ships wins the game. Bombs away!!!

grab your copy of battleship here

 
 
Racko card game

Racko

This simple game takes a bit of skill, luck and concentration!

Each player is dealt 10 cards. As the cards are being dealt he must place them in his rack beginning with the highest spot on his rack, #10. The goal of each hand is to race to see who can put all 10 cards in numerical sequence by drawing and discarding additional cards. When you get all 10 cards in ascending order, call Rack-O and you’ve won the game!

grab your copy of racko here

 
 
Bananagrams

Bananagrams

Both players draw lettered tiles and build a grid of words that must be connected in an intersecting or interlocking manner. Call out “Peel” when you’ve used all your tiles – both players must draw an additional tile from the “Bunch.”

Things will get slippery as you “Dump” (trade) tiles until there aren’t enough tiles for both players to take one. When this happens the first player to place all of their tiles in the grid and call out “Bananas” wins (after the other player makes sure that their words are valid.)

grab your copy of bananagrams here

 
 
Mexican Train Dominoes

Mexican Train Dominoes

(In my best conductor voice.) All Aboard!!!!

On your turn, play one domino and begin to form your “Train.” When you’re unable to play on your train it becomes a “Public Train” that your opponent can now play on. You can also ride the Mexican Train which is a train that you can place your dominoes on at any time during the game.

The first person to play all of their dominoes wins!

grab your copy of Mexican train dominoes here

 
 
Chess

Chess

Prepare yourself for the ultimate game of strategy!

Use your king, queen, rooks, knights, bishops and pawns to capture (checkmate) your opponent’s king while keeping your own pieces from being attacked. Think it sounds easy? It’s not because each piece moves in a different direction.

grab your copy of chess here

 
 
ticket to ride board game

Ticket To Ride

In this cross-country train adventure players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America.

The longer the routes, the more points they earn.

Additional points come to those who can fulfill their Destination Tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway.

grab your copy of ticket to ride here

 
 
codenames duet game

Codenames Duet

You and your partner are on a secret mission to a crowded city. Your objective: to contact 15 agents while avoiding a band of enemy assassins.

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

grab your copy of codenames duet here

 
 

qwirkle game

Qwirkle

Players score points by building rows and columns of tiles that are either all the same color or all the same shape, without creating duplicates.

Look for opportunities to score big by placing a tile that touches multiple pieces with matching attributes; create a line of all six in a row, and you score a “Qwirkle”.

The player with the most points when the tiles run out wins!

grab your copy of qwirkle here

 
 

2 player games

Boggle

After shaking the grid to mix up the letter cube, players lift the lid, flip the timer and write down a many words as they can find in 90 seconds.

Earn points by spotting words that their opponents don’t. The player with the highest score wins.

grab your copy of boggle here

 
 
collage of 2 player games

2 Player Action Games

Jenga

Jenga

And the walls came tumbling down!!!

Take turns removing one block at a time from the 54 block tower. Jenga will have you on the edge of your seat -as you pull your block and hope that the tower doesn’t come crashing down! The winner is the last player to remove a block without causing the tower to collapse.

grab your copy of jenga here

 
 
Yahtzee

Yahtzee

This dice game is a game of luck (if you ask me). On your turn, roll the dice three times in hopes of getting Yahtzee (five of a kind). Don’t get your hopes crushed if you only get points for the other 12 categories (large straight, full house, etc.). Not sure how you’ll keep track of everything? The game comes with a scorecard to keep everything neat and organized!

If you’re a risk taker, you’ll have a blast going for the bonus Yahtzee! But you have to promise to scream Yahtzee when you roll it!

grab your copy of Yahtzee here

 
 
Connect Four Launchers

Connect Four Launchers

You had a blast playing Connect Four as a child, and you can expect to love Connect Four Launchers as an adult!

Load your launcher, aim and fire your checkers to get four in a row. You’ll love the head-to-head action as you race to win!

grab your copy of connect four launchers here

 
 
backgammon

Backgammon

Players race to to move their pieces to between the triangles and are awarded points according to the roll of the dice. The goal of the game is to (bear off) move all of your pieces off the board. Backgammon is not only a game of chance but of skill too.

grab your copy of backgammon here

 
 

2 Player Mini Tabletop Games

mini foosball

Mini Tabletop Foosball Game

Players use the knobs to move the ball into their opponent’s goal. The player with the most goals wins.

grab your mini foosball game here

 
 
mini tabletop pool set

Mini Tabletop Pool Set

After racking up the balls with the triangle, players take turns hitting either the solid or striped balls into the pockets. When it’s down to just the 8 ball, the first player to get the 8 ball in wins.

grab your mini pool set here

 
 
mini tabletop bowling game set

 

Mini Tabletop Bowling Set

Just like traditional bowling, the player who knocks down the most pins wins!

grab your mini bowling set here

 
 
mini tabletop air hockey game

Mini Tabletop Air Hockey Game

I don’t know what it is about air hockey tables but when I put that little wand in my hand I become quite competitive.

The player to make the most goals into their opponents net wins.

grab your mini air hockey game here

 
 

mini tabletop shuffleboard and curling set

Mini Tabletop Shuffleboard and Curling Set

The object of shuffleboard is to to score more points than your opponent either by knocking his pucks off or sliding his into a higher score zone. (Learn all the rules of shuffleboard here.)

Curling is very similar to shuffleboard. The first person that has the most points after 8 rounds wins. (Learn all the rules of tabletop curling here.)

grab your copy mini shuffleboard and curling set here

 
 

mini tabletop basketball shooting game

Mini Tabletop Basketball Shooting Game

Who needs to go to the arcade or basketball court when you can have fun at home. The player who scores the most goals wins!

grab your mini basketball shooting game here

 
 

tabletop ping pong set

Tabletop Ping Pong Set

Yet another game that I’m quite competitive at…maybe because I’m pretty good. (Head over here to learn how to play and keep score of your ping pong game.)

grab your tabletop ping pong set here

 
 

2 Player Outdoor Games

 

ladder toss outdoor game

Outdoor Ladder Toss Set

The first player throws his bolas and then the second throws his. To get the most points, try to get your bolas on the top rung. (Head over here to learn about the ladder toss scoring system.)

grab your outdoor ladder toss set here

 
 

mini cornhole game

Mini Cornhole Set

Players take turns tossing their bags into the opposite board. (Head over here to learn about the cornhole scoring system.)

grab your mini cornhole set here

 
 

frisbee

Aerobie Superdisc Frisbee

It might not be a game, per say, but Trent and I really enjoy throwing the frisbee to each other. (And let me just say that this is the.best.frisbee!

grab your frisbee here

 
 

outdoor ring toss game

Outdoor Ring Toss Set

Players take turns tossing their rings onto the base. The player to score the most points wins.

grab your outdoor ring toss set here

 
 
indoor and outdoor horseshoe set

Outdoor (and indoor) Horseshoe Set

Players take turns tossing their horseshoes at at the stakes. (Head over here to learn about the horseshoe scoring system.)

grab your horseshoe set here

 
 

croquet set

Croquet Set

I haven’t played this in years, but now that I’ve added croquet to this list it makes me want to buy a set.

Players take turns hitting their ball through the course of six hoops and finish by hitting them against the center peg. The player who complete the course first wins!

grab your croquet set here

 
 
Now it’s your turn to share:

What are your favorite 2 player games for date night?


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