Are you looking for date night activities during COVID-19? Playing board games together as a couple can be a great way to spend your time together. Recent studies also show that playing board games together releases oxytocin, often referred to as the “love hormone”.

Not sure what games to play as a couple or on a date night? In this article, we’re listing our top ten board games for couples.

Kingdomino is a 2 to 4 player strategy game that plays like dominoes with a kingdom-building twist. Each turn you will connect a new domino to your existing kingdom, making sure that at least one of its sides connects to a matching element already in play.

Make sure to include dominoes with crowns on them, because at the end of the game you will score points equal to the total number of matching elements multiplied by the number of crowns.

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2 – 4 Players
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Very Low Complexity
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Ages 8+
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Arboretum is a strategic card game that challenges players to create the most beautiful path through the garden. Choosing the correct cards and placing them in the most efficient orientation will score you the most points at the end of the game. With elegantly simple rules, Arboretum offers players surprisingly complex choices.

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2 – 4 Players
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Ages 8+
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Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan. You are one of the two most powerful traders in the city.

But that’s not enough for you, because only the merchant with two Seals of Excellence will have the privilege of being invited to the Maharaja’s court.

You are therefore going to have to do better than your direct competitor by buying, exchanging and selling at better prices, all while keeping an eye on both your camel herds.

A card game for two seasoned traders!

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2 Players
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Ages 12+
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It’s a party platter of mega maki, super sashimi, and endless edamame in this expanded version of the best-selling card game. You still earn points by picking winning sushi combos, but now you can customize each game by choosing a la carte from a menu of more than 20 delectable dishes. What’s more, up to 8 players can join in on the sushi-feast… let the good times roll!

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2 – 8 Players
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Very Low Complexity
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Ages 8+
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Fort is a card game for 2-4 players about building forts and making friends.

In Fort you’re a kid! As you play, you’ll collect toys, eat pizza and build the coolest fort.

Take actions on your own turn and follow other players’ actions on their turns. Recruit new friends from the park or other player’s yards’ building up your deck. Get a unique perk to power up, and pick a made-up rule to increase your final score.

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2 – 4 Players
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Ages 10+
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Detective A Modern Crime Board Game – Season One, a.k.a. Detective Season One, is a fully co-operative, deeply immersive board game in which 1-5 players take on the roles of investigators trying to solve a crime.

Detective Season One is a new product in the award-winning Detective line, one with a shorter playing time that’s tailored for a mystery game night with simpler family-friendly rules. The game consists of three standalone cases, and each of them can be played in around 90 minutes. Each of the cases challenges players with different settings and styles.

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1 – 5 Players
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Ages 12+
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PARKS is a celebration of our National Parks featuring illustrious art from Fifty-Nine Parks.

In PARKS, players will take on the role of two hikers as they trek through different trails across four seasons of the year. While on the trail, these hikers will take actions and collect memories of the places your hikers visit. These memories are represented by various resource tokens like mountains and forests. Collecting these memories in sets will allow players to trade them in to visit a National Park at the end of each hike.

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1 – 5 Players
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Ages 10+
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Calico is a puzzly tile-laying game of quilts and cats!

In Calico, players compete to sew the coziest quilt as they collect and place patches of different colours and patterns. Each quilt has a particular pattern that must be followed, and players are also trying to create colour and pattern combinations that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also able to attract the cuddliest cats!

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1 – 4 Players
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Ages 13+
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One of the most celebrated games in the world can now be experienced in a two-player arena. 7 Wonders Duel takes the game play and excitement of the original and adapts it for one-on-one battles.Take control of your civilization and decide to invest in science, military or prestige. Two new ways to win will keep you on your toes and watching every move your opponent makes. If you fail to build defenses your capital city may be destroyed, but ignore technology and your people maybe left in the dark ages.It’s a constant tug of war.

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2 Players
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Ages 10+
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Can you build the best theme park in town?

Choose and build an exciting mix of attractions in your very own theme park. Upgrade them to match blueprints, or just to stack up towering rides that pull in the crowds and make the most cash. Hire staff members and build super attractions to maximise your park’s strategy for the win!

Funfair is a standalone game in the Unfair universe. It’s a lighter and faster introduction to Unfair’s ludicrously modular theme park building. With fast setup and gameplay, and only positive player interaction included in Funfair, it’s a fun family-friendly game. However, new goals, new cards, all new build strategies, and tight combos will give experienced gamers and Unfair fans plenty of challenge.

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2 – 4 Players
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Very Low Complexity
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Ages 14+
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Looking for more board game suggestions? Use our board game finder here to browse all board games compatible for two players.

Want to suggest other games? Leave a comment below with the games you enjoy playing on a date night.

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