Last Updated on January 25, 2023
Do you enjoy candlelit dinners, long walks on the beach, and an evening spent out on the town? If so, keep on walking, Sugarplum. Because for me, nothing says romance like a night in with a board game and my oh-so-schmexy boyfriend. Discover the best games for couples below.
Board games are the perfect way for couples to connect. They’re also a lot more fun than slurping raw oysters or throwing on a pair of fancy — and usually uncomfy — underpants. So if you’re in search of the perfect date night activity, look no further! Here are a few of our favorite best board games for couples.
Our Top Picks for Best Board Games for Couples
In a hurry? Check out our favorites below.
7 Wonders: Duel
Or, if you’re facing a particularly tough opponent, you may also play through the three ages of the game. Whoever has the most victory points at the end of the third age will then be hailed champion.
Nothing gets a gamer’s heart pumping like a bit of competition. And 7 Wonders: Duel is made specifically for two players. So if you want a bit of one-on-one fun with your sweetie pie, it’s the game for you.
Named after “azulejos,” colorful Portugese tiles inspired by Moorish design, Azul is a unique and visually stunning board game. Your task is to decorate the king’s royal palace. You compete against your rivals by collecting sets of tiles and placing them in specific patterns.
Azul works with 2-4 players, which means you can play with just your partner, make it a double date, or invite that awkward third-wheel friend. And with such vivid colors and beautiful patterns, no one will even notice that you forgot the flowers for your date.
Pandemic: Iberia is a strong standalone addition to the Pandemic franchise. Your job is to work together with your teammates to stop the spread of disease within the Iberian Peninsula.
But don’t get too anxious; it’s set in 1848 – not 2020 – and you’re fighting the board to stop classics like malaria, typhus, cholera, and yellow fever.
If your sweetheart doesn’t feel like taking his or her frustrations out on you, Pandemic: Iberia’s cooperative gameplay is a good choice. Plus, what better way to commemorate surviving 2020 than by kicking some pandemic butt?
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective
You don’t need to be a crime scene investigator to become enthralled with the Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective board game. This standalone edition includes ten different cases, including four that will eventually lead you to the notorious Jack the Ripper.
Is your significant other a true crime junkie? Do you often overhear the podcasts they listen to or take part in conversations with them that make you fear for your life? Have no fear! Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective is immersive enough to keep you and your partner busy and your life intact… for now.
Imperial Settlers – Empires of the North
Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North is a fast-paced game in which you race to explore new areas, build up resources, and construct structures. With adorable artwork and six different clan decks, it’s often ranked more highly than its predecessor!
Though you can play with up to four people, some players insist that two is the perfect number. Its cute layout is sure to cheer your partner up.
But if they’re still feeling a bit chilly once the game is over, don’t worry; there’s also a solo option for those of you who have been banished to the couch.
Basically, it’s your job to gain access to the Maharaja’s court by outwitting – and outtrading – the rival merchant in town. This is a card game in which luck and strategy merge to create fast-paced and exciting gameplay.
Jaipur is specifically created for two players, so it’s a perfect game for date night. And if you and your partner are stuck at home, its vivid visuals and exotic backdrop can offer you a bit of an escape.
So order in some Indian food and break out the camels!
Just because you don’t have a home out on the range doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate your pioneer roots with Patchwork.
Patchwork is a puzzle game in which two players compete to get the most points by building a beautiful quilt.
With playtime as short as 15 minutes, Patchwork’s length of play is great for couples who have – ahem – more important things to move on to. Plus, it’s the perfect setup for a pick-up line: “This tiny quilt may not be able to keep you warm, but I sure can.”
… You’re welcome.
You can choose from any faction during gameplay, but cards of the same faction often build off one another. So it’s a good idea to stick to 1-2 factions during a game.
The romance of Star Realms rests in the array of expansions available. These expansions can spice up what might otherwise become a tired and overplayed game.
Plus, you get the privilege of someday using the line, “Back in my day, Trump was a reality TV star, Google didn’t exist, and there were only three Star Realms expansions.”
The card game Codenames: Duet lets you get your Mr. and Mrs. Smith vibe on, while still celebrating the word geek you are.
In the game, you and your partner are two spies working together to deliver messages to other secret agents. You do so by giving one-word clues that your partner must then use to guess a series of other words.
If you and your partner have a thing for word games, then Codename: Duet is for you. It’s all about luck and forming word associations. So break out your mental dictionary, draw a card, and talk synonyms to me, baby.
Splendor is an engine-building game in which you are trying to gain enough components – and points – to make the perfect gem. Its easy-to-learn rules and quality components provide a quick and enjoyable gameplay experience.
Splendor is a great choice if you’re trying to introduce your partner to board games without overwhelming them. It’s simple to learn and doesn’t take all night to play.
Plus, who doesn’t love the idea of making their own sparkly gemstones?
Ticket to Ride
The goal of Ticket to Ride is to claim train routes and try to connect them to different cities. At the end of the game, the player with the most points (which are primarily gained by reaching destination cities) wins.
The gameplay for Ticket to Ride is pretty simple. The best part of this game for couples is the chance to choose which version they want to play.
Can’t afford a trip to India? How about the UK? Is Africa a little too hot this time of year? Choosing your map adds a bit of intimacy to an otherwise generic board game.
The Fox in the Forest
The Fox in the Forest is perhaps one of the most beautiful games on this list. It’s a trick-taking game in which you use different characters to gain points. You can choose the length of your game, and you win by getting the most (but not too many!) points.
The Fox in the Forest is designed specifically for two players. It’s a great game to bring on trips with your boyfriend or girlfriend; the small cards make it super portable. Add to that its gorgeous artwork and folkloric elements, and it’s the perfect addition to any fairytale romance.
Imhotep: The Duel
Like many of the other games on this list, Imhotep: The Duel is a two-player version of the original multiplayer game.
The goal of this game is to build monuments and amass points. Its colorful pieces and cute little boats are nice components to what is already an enjoyable game.
Not only is this a two-player game, but it also centers on one of the most famous royal couples in Ancient Egypt. Nefertiti and Akhenaten ruled sometime around 1330 BC and ushered in religious change and a period of great wealth.
So why not strengthen your relationship by playing a game centered on the OG power couple?
If you’re a fan of technology and all things Noir, there’s a good chance you’ll love St. Noire.
It’s your job to solve a murder using the clues given to you not only by the cards you draw but also by your Alexa device. This enticing new take on mystery board games promises diverse and unique gameplay.
Whether or not you’re the femme fatale in your relationship, the one-of-a-kind experience offered by St. Noire is a fun way to spice up you and your partner’s game night.
So dim your lights, don your gritty personas, and work together to unveil the dark underbelly of St. Noire.
Fog of Love
In Fog of Love, you get to take part in all the crazy drama of a whirlwind romance without any of the potential fallout.
This two-person game either pits two new lovers against each other or binds them together. Players’ responses to cards determine whether or not their fictional relationship will survive.
When playing Fog of Love as a couple, it’s a bit like Inception; a relationship within a relationship within a relationship within a… you get the point.
You get the chance to live through your avatars and laugh at the situations, whether ludicrous or realistic, that they go through. It’s a sure winner for a gamey date night.
Archaeology: The New Expedition
Archaeology: The New Expedition is a revamped version of the original Archaeology card game in which you gather relics and try to sell them for the highest price.
This new edition includes more visually appealing artwork and a few extra pieces to spice up gameplay.
As a fan of The Mummy, I’ve always been on the lookout for the Rick to my Evelyn. Archaeology: The New Expedition offers quick and simple gameplay with a theme I really dig (get it?).
If you’ve ever been to a crowded conveyor belt sushi restaurant, you know that the struggle is real. There’s always that one perfect plate that you and your arch-nemesis across the room both have your eyes on.
Sushi Go! recreates this territorial showdown with cute graphics and fast gameplay. Win by quickly choosing cards to build sets of sushi, sashimi, and maki rolls.
In my opinion, sushi is always the perfect date option. But you can avoid a hefty bill – and the arch-nemesis across the way – by sticking to a game of Sushi Go! with your partner.
Morels has a cute concept that anyone with a healthy taste for edible fungi can appreciate. This game includes two decks: a day deck and a night deck.
Different varieties of mushrooms, some valuable and some deadly, can be gathered. You can either sell your mushrooms to gain abilities or cook them to gain points. Whoever ends the game with the most points wins.
If you or your partner love mushrooms, then this game is right up your alley. It’s a two-person game and perfect for couples. Plus, it combines some pretty cool concepts and themes (‘shrooms!) that you likely won’t see in other games.
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at gardening but you’re all thumbs and not one of them is green?
Cottage Garden is a beautiful puzzle game that lets you grow flowers without getting your hands dirty. You choose things like flowers, wheelbarrows, and kitties (yes, kitties!) to help your garden grow.
Gorgeous illustrations and soothing gameplay make Cottage Garden a great game for you and your partner when life gets a little crazy. So whip out your metaphorical spades and get to work!
Tsuro of the Seas
Here there be dragons. Or at least a few destructive sea serpents. Also known as the “Daikaiju”, these grumpy ocean monsters are out to sink your ships.
Rogue waves can also send you off course. Outlast your opponent and survive these trials (and the roll of the dice), and you’ll be crowned the winner.
If you or your significant other are fans of Japanese imagery, Tsuro of the Seas is a simple and fun game you may not have encountered before.
As a couple, you will go against each other and the angry ocean to see who comes out on top.
Hey, I like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain just as much as the next girl. But what really revs my engine is someone that I can laugh, play, and collaborate with.
Board games are the perfect tool for finding out more about your partner. You can learn a lot about a person by the way they win, lose, and come together with others to make something happen.
So whether it’s your first or thirty-first date, try something new and give one of these board games a try! Have you tried any of these board games? Did we miss your favorites? Drop a comment below and let us know.