[Top 10] Not-So-Traditional Board Games for Couples on a Double Date

Playing board games with other couples is one of my favourite double date ideas. And whether it’s cooperative or competitive board games, there’s always fun to be had.

But, instead of playing your standard gamut of board games, like Monopoly, or Scrabble, or Trivial Pursuit, why not change it up?

Well, below is my list of the top 10 not-so-traditional board games perfect for couples on a double date.

Gameplay: 35 to 60 minutes
Players: 2 to 5
Ages: 8+
Transportability: Low
Difficulty to Learn: Medium
Setup Time: 10 minutes
Expansions: Yes
Price: $55 to $65

Family board game Ticket to Ride

One of the first board games I typically suggest for a double date is Ticket to Ride. It’s a personal favorite and a riot to play for a pair of couples.

The name of the game is to be awarded the most points. Players can score points two ways: (1) By purchasing and placing rail cars between cities, and (2) by completing destination cards. At the end of the game, any destination cards that are not completed result in negative points being awards.

Ticket to Ride is such a great board game for a double date because perfectly balances chance and strategy to win. It’s not overtly competitive so it’s great for couples who are novice board gamers.

It’s very easy to setup and explain, and every game is different. So, if you’re stuck inside and want to spice up your double date night, this board game is your go-to!

Looking for the complete rules to play Ticket to Ride? Check them out here.

Gameplay: 35 to 45 minutes
Players: 2 to 5
Ages: 7+
Transportability: Medium
Difficulty to Learn: Medium
Setup Time: 2 minutes
Expansions: Yes
Price: $35 to $45

carcassonne board game

Usually lasting 45 minutes to an hour, Carcassonne is a relatively unknown board game great for couples.

Players compete to complete build castles, farm fields, complete monasteries, and finish roads, one tile at a time.

Setting up Carcassonne consists of taking out the scoring board, choosing a colour of “followers” and mixing up the game tiles face-down in the box. That’s it!

Tiles are selected at random and players must connect them to other tiles already in play. But, tiles must fit together such that the “border” of the tiles work together.

A new tile, when connected to an existing tile, must complete the map without producing a fallacy, such as a road ending abruptly, a field-edged tile connected to a city-edge tile, etc.

Carcassonne is great because all you need to play is a large flat surface. There is virtually no learning curve to playing, the game dynamics are straightforward, and even scoring is simple.

For couples looking for a slow-paced board game perfect for date night, check out Carcassonne.

Looking for the complete rules to play Carcassonne? Check them out here.

Gameplay: 45 to 60 minutes
Players: 2 to 4
Ages: 8+
Transportability: Low
Difficulty to Learn: Low
Setup Time: 5 minutes
Expansions: No
Price: $40 to $50

Survive Escape from Atlantis family board game multi-generational games

Sometimes, couples date night needs some intrigue and excitement. Well, Survive: Escape from Atlantis is the perfect board game to add a little exhilaration.

The name of the game is to get your players off of a volcanic island that’s poised to explode. But, toss in a few sharks, whales, and seas serpents, pepper in some occasional sabotage, and you’ve got a recipe for truly blockbuster board game for all!

Overall, the rules and game dynamics are simple which make it an excellent board game for multi-generational players.

The competing strategy of each player, and, at times, the pure cut-throat action makes Survive a thrilling board game everyone will enjoy. Well, unless you’re on the receiving end of a Kraken attack!

Looking for the complete rules to play Survive: Escape for Atlantis? Check them out here.

Gameplay: 15 to 30 minutes
Players: 2 to 4
Ages: 8+
Transportability: Medium
Difficulty to Learn: Low
Setup Time: 2 minutes
Expansions: Yes
Price: $20 to $30

Kingdomino Board Game

Kingdomino is such a simple, yet highly addictive board game that’s moderately competitive and quick to play, making it perfect for a double date. And, for its surprisingly low cost, just oozes with value.

The objective of Kingdomino is to gather and build the most lucrative 5 x 5 square kingdom around your castle using domino tiles, earning you points based on the number of connected terrain territories.

All you need is a flat playing surface. So, huddling around a coffee table, or playing on the floor next to a fireplace is an ideal gaming surface.

The low set-up time, relatively quick play-time, and easy-to-follow gameplay makes Kingdomino a great option for your next couple’s double date night!

Looking for the complete rules to play Kingdomino? Check them out here.

Gameplay: 25 to 45 minutes
Players: 2 to 4
Ages: 10+
Transportability: Medium
Difficulty to Learn: Low
Setup Time: 5 minutes
Expansions: Yes
Price: $35 to $40

Splendor Board Game

Splendor is a game of patience, persistence, and perseverance. The goal of this deck-building board game is to collect gem tokens and gem cards to gain enough “prestige points” before your opponents. The first player to reach or exceed 15 prestige points wins!

To get prestige points, you need to purchase prestige gem cards. To purchase prestige gem cards, you need to have either enough tokens (chips) and/or other gem cards. And, to get gem cards, you need to purchase them with tokens. Finally, to get tokens, you can pick them up 3 (or two) at a time on your turn.

Phew – That’s the game in a nutshell!

Splendor can feel like you’re playing a chess match because you are constantly anticipating your opponents next move while planning your own. My wife is a master at Splendor, and it drives me bonkers!

If you want, you can also pickup the expansions box which offer alternative ways of playing so it never gets repetitive… But don’t worry, it never does!

Splendor is a fantastic board game for the cottage, camping, and on vacations, with your bestie, or with another couple. Check it out!

Looking for the complete rules to play Splendor? Check them out here.

Gameplay: 15 to 20 minutes
Players: 2 to 5
Ages: 8+
Transportability: High
Difficulty to Learn: Low
Setup Time: 1 minute
Expansions: No
Price: $10 – $15

Monopoly Deal Board Game

Regular Monopoly is the classic date night board game everyone has played. But, Monopoly Deal is a card-based board game that is just as competitive as its older brother but at a fraction of the complexity and time commitment which makes it perfect for a double date.

Unlike traditional Monopoly, Monopoly Deal takes only 15 to 20 minutes to play! And the rules are a whole lot simpler. The first player who is able to collect three complete sets of properties wins.

The board game consists of cards, that’s it. No dice, scoreboard, or timer. It’s completely uncomplicated and easy enough to explain to kids. And, since it’s just cards, you can play Monopoly Deal virtually anywhere – on a picnic, on a coffee table, wherever!

Playing Monopoly Deal with couples on a double date is a no-brainer. The low setup time, simple rules, and high re-playability makes ideal for all levels of players.

Looking for the complete rules to play Monopoly Deal? Check them out here.

Gameplay: 5 to 15 minutes, per Round
Players: 1 to 8
Ages: 5+
Transportability: Medium
Difficulty to Learn: Low
Setup Time: 5 minutes
Expansions: No
Price: $30 – $40

Magic Maze Board Game

For couples who take board games seriously, Magic Maze is truly a whopper. The game takes a bit of explaining, but once you get the jest of it, it’s actually unbelievably fun.

The board game consists of completing different “find and escape” scenarios, and with each scenario comes added complexity.

Four coloured pawns are placed on a centre map tile. Each player is then granted a specific ability associated with the movement of the pawns. For example, move up, move right, relocate a player, etc. The pawns methodically explore each tile, revealing more areas and connecting tiles, until the all the required items are recovered and the pawns get to the exits.

The game requires intense cooperation. But there’s a twist… actually, a double twist! For a vast majority of gameplay, no talking or gesturing is allowed.

Instead, players are forced to use the “Do Something!” token, and tap it in front of the player that needs use their ability to move a pawn. Oh, and there’s a running timer that must be reset before it runs out!

Magic Maze is a test of focus and teamwork, which makes it great for a double date night. Trust me, if you stop paying attention for just a second, even a cool and collected player will become panic-stricken and confused!

Looking for the complete rules to play Magic Maze? Check them out here.

Gameplay: 20 to 60 minutes
Players: 2 to 8
Ages: 10+
Transportability: High
Difficulty to Learn: Low
Setup Time: 5 minutes
Expansions: Yes
Price: $20 – $30

Citadels Board Game

In Citadels the board game, players are constantly switching characters in an attempt to gain power and points, all the while undermining their component’s attempts at success.

This fundamental principle of the game makes it a riot to play with friends and family while at the cottage.

During the game, players take turns selecting 1 of 8 character cards in secret. Each character has their own unique ability, which becomes evident during the action phase of gameplay.

Some characters give you more points, others let you chose your next character first, and others all-together block rival characters from maneuvering during the action phase.

The goal is to systematically choose characters that help increase your income so that you can build district cards (which earn you points). Once any player builds their 8th district card, the game ends, and the player with the most points wins!

So, to add some friendly competition to your next cottage trip without much effort, why not bring Citadels? It’s small, simple, and loads of fun.

Looking for the complete rules to play Citadels? Check them out here.

Gameplay: 15 to 20 minutes
Players: 2 to 5
Ages: 8+
Transportability: High
Difficulty to Learn: Low
Setup Time: 2 minutes
Expansions: Yes
Price: $15 – $20

Sushi Go board game

What pairs perfectly with a couple’s sushi date night? Sushi Go, of course!

Sushi Go! is a fast-paced board game that’ll have you snatching up sashimi and wanting more wasabi!

It’s a low cost board game that’s comes in a tiny box. But, don’t let its small size fool you. It’s loads of fun!

The overall concept of Sushi Go is simple. Over a series of three rounds, players add sushi cards to their “plate”. The player with the highest scoring plate wins!

One thing I love about Sushi Go is how compact the game actually is. The game case (which is essentially a tin box) is no larger than 3 x 5 x 2 inches.

It’s the perfect compact board game you can pull out whenever you have guests over!

And, even if you don’t like eating sushi, you’ll definitely love playing Sushi Go. It’s an affordable, quick, and compact game that offers endless fun.

Looking for the complete rules to play Sushi Go!? Check them out here.

Gameplay: 20 to 30 minutes
Players: 4 to 8
Ages: 10+
Transportability: High
Difficulty to Learn: Low
Setup Time: 5 minutes
Expansions: No
Price: $25 – $35

Codenames Board Game

In Codenames, couples try to reveal friendly spies by properly guessing their codename with only one-word, one-number clues.

For example, if the friendly spies are associated with the codenames universe, spider, iron, stone, and camera, what’s one word that can connect them all?

Well, if you said “Marvel – 5”, you would be an expert spy master and would definitely be interested in play (and winning) Codenames.

The complete rules for Codenames are quick and easy to explain. It can be a lot of fun, especially among couples that claim to “work great together”. This is the ultimate test.

It’s decently competitive which makes it great to play while on a double date.

Looking for the complete rules to play Codenames? Check them out here.

 

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