Whether you’re rained in together and have exhausted your Netflix-watching capabilities, or just looking for a bit more of a non-digital activity to do together, there are tons of games for couples that are fun and will bring out the competitive side in even the least-competitive couples.
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Here are 16 of the best games for couples. Pack a few for your next weekend getaway or stash some at your house for when you’re all puzzled out. And FYI, if you’re looking for more games that focus on just sex or sexy games for couples to try, we gotchu.
Conversation Starter Card Games
1. Our Moments
The conversation starter deck doesn’t get enough credit these days. Convo decks are the best thing because you can pick them up casually, answer a few questions, and then organically move on or keep playing. You’re not limited with time and it’s perfect for killing a few minutes here and there without committing to an hours-long game of Monopoly. This deck has 100 questions perfect for getting to know each other or for understanding more about each other.
2. Love Language
Another conversation starter deck like the above, this one is separated into color-coded categories like family, intimacy, couple, past and future, and individual, making it perfect for splitting up into separate topics or mixing and matching.
3. The Ultimate Game for Couples
If you like friendly game nights with other couples, this game is great because you can play with just two people, or with other pairs. There’s a mix of personal trivia questions and challenges.
If you’re looking for a fun game with the option to make it dirty, this game is for you. Loopy is sold as a “date night in a box” and has cards ranging from stuff like the getting to know you questions, as well as physical challenges like kissing and fondling each other. Plus, the Twister-like spinning wheel adds a fun change of pace to just drawing cards.
This is like The Newlywed Game, but deep. Instead of guessing where your partner’s dream vacay is, you have to answer stuff like “What is your partner’s deepest childhood wound?” — I know right? You’re pretty much guaranteed to walk away with a deeper understanding of your partner after one round of this game.
6. Whine Barrel
Another conversation deck, but this one comes in a cute wine-barrel design that makes it the perfect gift for a wine snob when paired with a bottle or two of their favorite vintage. Throw it in your bag for your next picnic and see where the tipsy convo takes you.
7. Table Topics for Couples
This sleek-looking box of 135+ questions has sold over two million copies, and has been updated to include even more questions submitted by readers. Instead of having to guess how or what the other person would answer, you answer questions like “if we could quit our jobs, what would we do?” as a couple.
8. Uno Dare
Who doesn’t love Uno? This version comes with options to add dares onto certain cards, making drawing two somehow even riskier. There are some PG dares included in the deck, but you can also make up your own. And don’t worry, the PG dares are still guaranteed to make you laugh (like putting a card between your knees and walking around or blowing only one card off the pile).
If you and your partner are both grammar nerds, you’ll love this game of calling out grammatical mistakes. It’s not too complicated and can be played with high school level English, so don’t be worried about things getting too tricky. Eighteen bucks for the potential bragging rights of having better grammar than your partner? Seems like a steal, my friends.
One of the easiest games to start to play quickly, the goal of Timeline is to simply place cards in chronological order. It’s trickier than it sounds (when were scissors invented?) and will get you talking things out and going down Wikipedia spirals in a hot sec.
11. Codenames Duet
The uber popular Codenames game but designed specifically for two people makes this even easier. You and your partner also work as a team trying to eliminate words based off of certain cryptic clues they give.
This small strategy game is easy to play, but the chic wooden pieces look nice enough to play as an adult (and justify the $30 price tag).
If you and your partner are always reading each other’s minds, you’ll love Wavelength. Not only does it look so different from typical games (alllll your friends will be like “What’s this one?” at your next get together, I promise), it’s all about guessing what’s on your partner’s mind.
Like Scrabble without the bulky board, you can toss Bananagrams in your purse to play over dinner or a picnic easily. Once you see how convenient it is to pick up and start a game of Bananagrams, you’ll be hooked.
15. Wooden Tabletop Basketball
For adults who get jealous watching their nieces and nephews play that silly pie game, there’s this classier version of tabletop basketball, complete with six mini basketballs and two teeny-tiny side-by-side hoops. Set a timer and see who can sink the most in under a minute, or just keep going to see who can set a record. Also, it looks like it’d be fun to play alone? *Adds to cart*
For an on-the-nose two player game for 2020, there’s Pandemic. You play as a team of doctors, scientists, and other disease experts trying to eradicate viruses across the world. There’s a lot of physical pieces to the game so it might not be great on a picnic or beach day, but it’s super easy to play and you’re playing as a team, which is a fun change of pace.
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