Whether you and your partner are board gamers or not, date nights are for reconnecting, having adventures, and prioritizing fun.
Considering board games check all those boxes, it’s no wonder they’ve become a popular date night activity.
So in the spirit of love and competition, here are a few of the most popular two player board games that will add a little adventure to your favorite night of the week.
Top 3 Board Games for Date Night
1. The Fox in the Forest
For those nights that you and your special someone want to escape into an enchanted forest filled with magical characters and play out a competitive fairytale, The Fox in the Forest has got you covered.
It’s a two-player, trick-taking card game where the highest card of the suit in play wins the trick. Maybe. The beautifully illustrated character cards all have unique magical powers that can turn the game on its head.
Winning tricks earns you points but win too many, the game warns you, and you meet a villain’s end – getting trash-talked by your significant other non-stop until you can win again.
Targi takes you to the Sahara desert, where you and your opponent compete as rival tribal leaders, known as ‘Imascheren’ or nobles. Your goal is to establish the superiority of your tribe through trade, which builds wealth and the growth of your tribe.
The board is a 5×5 grid of tiles established before the game begins. The sixteen tiles around the perimeter of the board display actions a player can perform, with the nine center tiles left empty for the cards to be played.
Players then take turns placing meeples on action cards but are not allowed to place a meeple on a tile their opponent has already claimed, or on one facing an opposing meeple. After all, the meeples have been placed, players perform the actions on their squares and take the cards from the center that match the row and column of their meeples.
Players can add those cards to their display by purchasing them with the goods accumulated in the previous round. Displays are made up of three rows of four cards of varying victory points. Arranging your cards in certain patterns can also earn you additional victory points.
The Imascheren with the most points by the end of the game gets to bask in the glory of being the most powerful person in the Sahara Desert.
If quilting and Tetris are both your and your partner’s two favorite things in the world, then not only are you perfect soulmates, but you’re also going to love this game.
In this head-to-head tile game, your goal is to create a quilt from weirdly-shaped scraps of fabric (the tiles), which you can purchase with buttons. Players try to keep their quilts of mismatched shapes under control as they grow or holes start to appear in their quilts.
Those holes can only be filled with specific tiles that cost you buttons – valuable buttons you need at the end of the game to win.