Board games have been an essential part of lives, we all grew up playing the board games whenever we had free time. It makes very good bonding games with your friends and relatives with a healthy amount of competition. Even Adults needs to play their fair bit of bonding time amongst themselves and Board games proved to be a very effective way to bond and pass time. But we don’t usually have all the required number of player all the time on hand, so let’s see the top 5 board games that can be played with only 2 players
The first on the list is Chess, it is one of the ancient strategy game that is being played for a long time and it is still the best game out there to measure your intelligence. Since the Medieval era, Chess has been used for warfare and strategy planning. Chess is a two-player game that is 8×8 square board with alternating white and black squares. The pieces represent two kingdoms with Black and White opposing pieces, that are initially lined up on either side. Each piece represents a different status and a unique form of movement.
The pieces feature a King, a Queen, two Bishop, two Knight, two Rook and 8 pawns on both the Kingdom. The capturing occurs when a piece occupies the square of opposing piece via its movement. Players take turns to move their pieces to capture, attack or defend the king to keep playing the game. If the king dies then the game will come to an end or the players can resign from the game or several types of draws. Chess is the most popular games in the world and it is played worldwide by millions of people at home, there are several clubs, we can play it online and there are many tournaments held for the game too. The anticipation is so high when the game is played between two skilled players and the strategy comes in play. People claimed that chess is evolved from an Indian game of ‘Shatranj’; the current form of the game emerged from South Europe during Mid 15th century. There is a different version of chess all over the world like Chinese Xiangqi and Japanese Shogi etc.
- Chess makes a mind sharper as it needs a lot of planning and strategy making.
- Chess gives you an insight into Medieval politics.
Monopoly is one of the board game that never gets old no matter what. The Monopoly was released in 1935 by Parker brothers. It is a way to promote the ideas of Henry George about taxation and to show an economy that rewards wealth creation is better than the monopolists rule. Monopoly can be played by two or more players. To play the game a two six-sided dice is rolled and whichever it lands on then the player has to move that particular number of spaces around the board. If the player lands on the unowned property then the player can buy it from the bank.
If a player owns all the ticket of the same color group then the player can build houses and hotels on those spaces and get more income from another player who lands there. If the player lands on the opponent’s property then he must play rent accordingly, there are other places on the board which can not be bought but instead require the player to draw a card and perform the penalty on the cards or get the profit accordingly. It can end if the other player gets bankrupt and lose all his properties.
- It teaches us the value of the economy.
- It shows us the importance of when, where and how to invest your money.
Checkers is also another strategy game that has been played since the 12th century in Europe. There are many version of checkers found in throughout the world like Chinese checkers, Halma, etc. The checkers is played on 8×8 board similar to the chess where the players has to move a disc-shaped piece across the board. The pieces can only diagonally and only one space at a time. If the player successfully moves so that it can make a jump over an adjacent piece of their opponent and takes their place on the board, then they can capture the opponent’s disc.
The player needs to make the strategy to set the board in their favor by giving up a jump to the opponent as bait and thus creating an opportunity to jump even more pieces on their turn. The win can be finalized if the player removes all the opponent pieces from the board or by blocking all their moves. The match can become draw when both the players moves have been blocked by the other. The game is spread around worldwide and has a different set of rules varying from country to country but mostly the American version of checkers is adopted worldwide. Checkers is also known as Draughts. There are many tournaments and official matches played of checkers as well.
- The checkers exercise your mind to come up with a good strategy.
- The rules are simple and easy to understand.
Bananagrams is a word game that will really help think about the words you didn’t know you have in your vocabulary. The Bananagrams is a simple game that doesn’t require pen, pencil or board and all the letter tiles come in a banana-shaped carrying pouch that’s so convenient to carry and look cute too. The pack contains 144 plastic letter tiles and each player needs to create their crossword faster than the opponents.
The 144 tiles are called a bunch and the selected amount of tile is distributed among the player from the bunch face down. A player called split and the player reveals the lettered side and race to make their own crossword (which is not an easy task). When a player has used all the tile and finish the crossword with sensible words then they shout ‘Peel’ and all the player need to draw a tile from the bunch and add it to your crossword, The players are allowed to arrange your grid as many time as they need when they draw a tile from the bunch.
If a player gets stuck with a tricky word then they need to call out ‘Dump’ and they can exchange the tile for a different one. When there is few tiles left in the bunch than the players than the first one to finish up all the tile called ‘Banana’ and wins the game.
There are many variations given in the instructions, such as Banana Smoothie and Banana cafe for limited set skills and small places.
- It is a tense a frantic game, a bit nerve-wracking to use all the tile.
- Makes you really use your mind.
- It is very portable with a banana carrying bag.
Pandemic is a bit different than all the others in the list, it is not played against the other players instead it’s played along with them. A bit different but no less fun. The game is set on the earth where a number of diseases have broken out all over the world at the same time. The players are disease-fighting specialist whose mission is to treat the affected area from the diseases and research for the cure for each of the plague before they turn into a big disaster.
The board has several major population centers all around the earth. On each turn, a player has to travel between the affected areas, treat the infected population, discover a cure and built a research center. A deck of cards provides the players with the abilities, cards that accelerate and intensify the diseases, etc. The game is different every time, and there are enough roles and rules to keep things fresh but without overcomplicating things. To win in Pandemic the players needs cooperation and strategy, rather than blind luck or knowing the game inside out, so it’s something you can play all the time without getting bored of it. Pandemic is great with two players.
- The game needs a good strategy to win.
- It can be played more than one without getting stale.
All the games mentioned above are great pass time where the players need to use their mind and make an effort to actually win the game and it is great fun to play as well when you know. Board games are highly degraded due to the invention of X-box and other digital games but if you want to have a good bonding time with your new friend then nothing beats the good old board games.