9 Of The Best Board Games for Couples

One of the things couples should never lose is their playfulness.

The ability to bring fun into the relationship not only spices up your union, but it also creates room for bonding.

In marriage, where life can often be pretty serious, games allow you to unwind while engaging with your partner.

During a date night or while relaxing at home, a fun board game with just the two of you or other couples is a great way to spend the evening.

Many couples view playfulness and fun as purely leisure activities. This perception limits play and fun to a reward that must be earned.

This perception ignores the benefits of play to a relationship.

Play brings joy and healing to the relationship. According to relationship research psychologist, Howard Markman, “The correlation between fun and marital happiness is high, and significant.”

Spending time playing games allows a couple to refocus on their relationship and the close connection they have. Play not only builds a bond, but also it improves your optimism and even your health.

Here are nine board games for couples that you should check out:

1. Hive: A Ga​​​​me Crawling With Possibilities

Reviewer quote:“A truly excellent game, and one highly recommend for fans of abstract strategy games, or two player games in general. The rules are simple to learn, yet the strategic options available make the game fun and challenging.”

This is a bug-themed game whose main emphasis is strategy. The game, strictly speaking, is not a board game as no actual board is included. All it requires is a flat surface.

There are twenty-two pieces,  eleven white and eleven black. Each partner gets a set of eleven. On each piece, a creature is drawn. Each creature represents a unique way of moving.

The idea is to use you pieces to surround your partner’s queen while at the same time protecting yours.

With no board or assembly required, the game simply begins by placing a piece on the floor. It takes on average 20 minutes to play the game as the couple pit their smarts against one another.

You'll find hundreds of five star reviews for this game.

2. Pandemic Le​​​​gacy Blue Board Game

Reviewer quote:Great game that I enjoy playing with my spouse. Doesn't take too long to get into and I really enjoy the “us vs. game” mentality.”

While most board games are geared toward getting the partners to compete, Pandemic legacy provides for the possibility of a partnership.

However, given its highly competitive nature, the advice is for the couple to collaborate.

As the name suggest, Pandemic Legacy is a version of the original Pandemic Board Game but with an ongoing narrative.

The focus remains the prevention of a disease outbreak from consuming the world. It takes up to one and half-hours to play and allows the couple to build their team and collaborative skills.

3. Sherlock Holm​​​​es Consulting Detective

Reviewer quote:“This game is phenomenal. My wife and I have played it both together and with six others and no matter which, we all got extremely involved in solving the case.”

This is a game for couples target at bookworms with a penchant for solving crime puzzles.

The game has a set of ten crimes that you and your partner are expected to solve. Each crime/game takes up to two hours to solve with the later ones taking longer.

To help you unravel the clues and gather the evidence is the world’s greatest consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes.

To uncover clues, you and your partner will have to read stories, newspaper articles and visit crime scenes on a map of London. You and your partner can play as a duo or in competition.

4. Carcassonn​​​​e Board Game

Reviewer quote:Amazing game for two people. My wife and I have played this together ever since we first bought it and this is one of our favorite activities at the end of a long day. The games don't take long and we can sit and chat while playing something relaxing yet competitive.”

Although Carcassonne supports up to five players, it works best with just two players, as it takes between 30-45 minutes to complete a turn.

Carcassonne is based on the southern France city of the same name. The city is famous for its historic fortifications from Roman and Medieval past.

The idea of the game is to develop the city by laying tiles and deploying followers around the city. The winner is the one who skillfully develops the city.

Although slow to get started, it is one game you and your spouse will enjoy. Given the success of the original game, one should consider any of its variants, as they will not disappoint.

If you enjoy the game The Settlers of Catan, you will love this game.

5. Patchwork Board Game

Reviewer quote:“After a few plays with my wife, this has quickly become one of our favorite two player games. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a solid two player game.”

In this game, the couple competes to weave the most beautiful and high scoring quilt possible.

Each player has a 9 x 9 board on which to work. A more challenging 12 x 12 board is also available for the advanced player.

To play, the patches are randomly laid out in a circle. Each player is then given five buttons that serve as the currency before one of the partners is chosen to start the game.

The idea is to purchase and place the patches on the board, earning more buttons and points. Points are lost for any spaces or gaps in the patchwork. The game takes on average fifteen to thirty minutes to play.

Check out the rave reviews for this game. Couples love it.

6. Dominion

Reviewer quote:“If you are into any sort of card or board games at all (and even if you are not), this is a game to add to the collection! This game is simply addicting!”

Each player begins with ten cards and accumulates more as the game progresses. The game begins by setting up the kingdom. This kingdom has seven sets of cards.

First are the treasure cards, gold, silver and copper. Then you have the victory cards, estates, duchies and provinces and lastly, the curses.

The estates are worth one point, the duchies three points, while the provinces are worth six points. The goal is to purchase as many points as possible before all the provinces are bought or three other card piles run out.

7. Jaipur

Reviewer quote:A truly wonderful game, especially for couples. Simple rules, fast gameplay, and colorful artwork do their best to distract from the strategic depth of Jaipur.”

This simple but competitive game deals with trading in the market of Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital city.

Two dealers buy, hold, and exchange against each other to determine the winner.

Jaipur is a fast-paced game with strategy and risk at the heart. The winner among the couple is the one with the nerve to develop and execute the best buy, hold and sell strategy. Every game takes thirty minutes to play.

8. The Castles Of Burgundy

Reviewer quote:“Wow. Did not expect so much fun at such a small price. Many decisions. Many ways to win. Decisions that matter. Only down side is that this game is definitely a table hog… but the best table hog you'll ever find. This is an absolutely MUST HAVE.”

This is another of the French-themed board games on our list. Here, the players are cast as estate owners in Burgundy, in medieval France.

The purpose of the game is for players to build the most successful estate by taking hexes off the main board and placing them on their own board.

This is a fun game that combines both luck and strategy and takes between 30 to 90 minutes to play. The game is non-offensive, as the players focus on their own boards with little interference on the others.

9. Guillotine

Reviewer quote:A fun and easy game to learn. We played with 3-4 adults in our thirties and it was enjoyable with tons of replay value.”

Fancy chopping off a politician’s head? Then this is the game for you — although you may have to compromise on the politician part and settle for the aristocrats and nobility of 17th century France.

With you and your partner as executioners at the guillotine, you score by pleasing the multitudes each time a head drops into the basket.

Make sure you continually chop off the head of the least popular noble to win over the masses.

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Time to play!

Take your time to choose board games that you both will enjoy with the right balance of strategy and luck.

For those ultra competitive individuals, go for games that have a strong element of luck so you and your spouse don't end up in separate corners!

For couples, the fun should be in enjoying each other’s company in a relaxed environment, rather than playing just to win.

Celebrate the friendship in your love relationship by playing games together regularly — a home, on vacation, or with other couples. An investment in these games is a positive investment for your relationship.

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