Need some bonding time with your other half? Reach for the boardgames! That’s according to research by Baylor University in Waco, TX, that says playing date night games releases oxytocin, the happy hormone.
Whether you’re looking to relive your childhoods, trying new date night games or just combatting boredom, finding new games for 2 could help rekindle your romance. If you’ve run out of things to watch on Netflix and you’re up for reigniting the flame, read on, as we present the top board games for 2, perfect for your next date night.
Our top five games for 2…
For the word-loving couple – Bananagrams
Bananagrams is one of the most popular board games for 2, and for good reason. It is similar to Scrabble, because it’s based on words and spelling, but it’s a much faster game. Each of you choose 21 tiles and someone will shout ‘split’, and then both of you will start building what looks like two separate crossword puzzle boards.
As both of you use your tiles, you’ll say ‘peel’, which means everyone playing must pick up another letter. The aim of the game is to have your final letter in place before saying ‘bananas’.
For the ultra-competitive couple – Dobble
We all know how competitive a game of snap can get – and Dobble is no different. It’s one of our favourite date night games thanks to its simplicity, which means you won’t spend an hour reading the instructions before you begin.
In Dobble, you and your partner will compete with each other to find the matching symbol between one card and another. Every card is unique and has just one symbol in common with any other in the deck. The match can be tricky to spot, since the size and positioning of the symbols vary.
For the strategy-led couple – Blokus Duo
One of the most fun games for 2, Blokus Duo, is a spin off from the popular four player game, Blokus. It offers a chess-like battle that will see you try and fit as many of your pieces on the board as possible. When it’s your turn, you can place any piece you like, as long as it connects to another of your pieces, only by the corners.
With simple rules, an elegant design and brain busting complexity, it’ll keep you both busy for hours.
For the curious couple – Love & Relationships After Dark
One of the most quintessential date night games, After Dark provides an easy way to feel close to your other half. It offers a deck of cards with tons of flirty, fun conversation starters, specifically about relationships. You and your partner can ask each other questions about love and sex, or read statements, before taking it in turns to respond with your thoughts.
For the kinky couple – Oh! Kinky Confessions Truth or Dare Card Game
Whether you’ve been together years or dating just a few weeks, learning more about your partner’s bedroom desires can be super exciting. This deck of cards has kinky ‘would you rather’ questions throughout. This is one of the hottest date night games out there – don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Date nights at home don’t have to be boring!
A date night at home never goes out of style. But there’s nothing wrong with spicing it up and trying something new with date night games. Just don’t forget to keep the food and drink flowing! For date night drink inspo, check out our Pornstar Martini, a Long Island Iced Tea and a You and Me. Oh, and don’t forget plenty of Polar Cube Ice. Enjoy!