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Buying Guide: These two player board games are perfect for small households
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Buying Guide: These two player board games are perfect for small households

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If you’re staying at home this winter, you’re probably going to run into some boring chilly days. Fortunately, adding a few more quarantine hobbies to the mix can help you get through the slog. These 2 player board games are perfect for small households that are isolating together.

1) Forbidden Island

During the shortest days of the year, you might start to feel like you’re stranded on an island, but Forbidden Island will help the days pass more quickly. This cooperative strategy board game asks 2 to 4 players to think strategically, solve problems, and cooperate on do-or-die missions to capture sacred treasures. It’s suitable for ages 10 and up and was a 2010 Mensa Favorite Brainy Games winner. Who couldn’t use a little less competition and a little more cooperation when you’re stuck at home?

Forbidden Island available from Amazon

2) 7 Wonders

Need to let off some steam more than you need to cooperate? Then try building a civilization that will crush your competition in this strategic 2 player game from Asmodee. 7 Wonders takes a little bit of ruthlessness and cunning, but the intense struggle to succeed in the ancient world is sure to entertain you.

Asmodee 7 Wonders available from Amazon

3) Quoridor

If you need a quick play game to break up the afternoon, Quoridor fits the bill. The game calls for 2 to 4 players to think strategically and build wooden corridors to block their opponent while moving to the other side of the board. The playing time runs 10 to 15 minutes but is challenging enough that you’re sure to want a rematch.

Quoridor available from Amazon

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