Please recommend a game for me and my wife

Ok, so I was about to buy Welcome To but wanted to add one more game to avoid the shipping costs. Now I need to figure out which game would be the best to play with my wife Anna.

Here's some info:

  • Needs do have lots of interaction and must play well for two players (it will probably be played 2p ~80% of the time).
  • Anna has limited experience but I could see that she's open to and can handle medium-light weight games. I'd say a game like Viticulture should be the max in terms of complexity.
  • Speaking of Viticulture, I honestly have no idea how she'll feel about the game when we try it out this week (hopefully). The game has interactive elements in terms of blocking each other from certain actions, but I don't know if this is the sort of interaction she'd find enjoyable/fun. I feel like it'll also be a test of whether she just prefers these types of games in a bigger group.
  • Based on her comments on past games we've played with others, I could see that she ultimately enjoys the aspects of interacting with other players and also seeing others' personalities come into play. So games like Quacks was a miss, while she liked games like Skull and got really into Catan.
  • In case anyone's wondering, while she likes games that are interactive, it's not like that's all she wants to play. She likes Welcome To for a fun, short, relaxing game time. I'm specifically wanting a recommendation for the other side of the spectrum.

Thanks! Hoping to get Viticulture out this week and give everyone an update. I have a feeling this will give me a clear idea of her preferences. If she doesn't like Viticulture, that will be a quite a bummer because it's one of my favorites.

2 points by philryuh - updated 6 months ago | 18 comments | report | subscribe

JamesReid860 Supporter6 months ago | 3 points[-]

Hmmm... this is a tough one. But here are some suggestions:

If you haven’t gotten it yet, Clank! Is a game that my wife and I have enjoyed 2 player quite a bit. 

7 Wonders Duel is another one of our favorites. 

philryuh Supporter6 months ago | 2 points[-]

Thanks for your suggestions! I have an update on this and will be making another post :)

HooperGirl 6 months ago | 2 points[-]

Have you tried any cooperative games?  Seconding Pandemic and also Forbidden Island and Castle Panic if you want to try some.

Ones I enjoy 2P but are good for up to 4P with some interaction and blocking actions -- Splendor, Istanbul, King of Tokyo.

philryuh Supporter6 months ago | 2 points[-]

I like a lot of your suggestions! I have Forbidden Island that I haven't gotten out yet so it'll be a good test to see if co-ops will be her thing. Based on another game she played tonight I think it's given me even better idea of her preferences (will share more in a new post).

I have Century Golem Edition also so I could try that as well for now.

Skurvy5 Supporter6 months ago | 2 points[-]

I recommend 7 Wonders Duel and also Race for the Galaxy from games that I’ve played. Another decent choice could be Pandemic. If you guys get really into Pandemic I bet you would enjoy Pandemic: Legacy Season 1 (Red Edition). I own Season 1 but we’ve yet to start it. 

philryuh Supporter6 months ago | 2 points[-]

I think I'll look into trying out Pandemic or Forbidden Island with her!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter6 months ago | 2 points[-]

RFTG is so good. How do you feel it compares weightwise to viticulture?

Marshwiggle92 Supporter6 months ago | 2 points[-]

Two games come to mind. The first one is Carcassonne. This can have as much or as little interaction as you want. It is 19 years old but it is still great. I use it a lot with people who don't game as well. I don't do farming on those intro games. I would characterize this on the lighter side. 

Second game is Innovation. I love this game but I do not recommend this for you and your wife without more research on your part. This game plays best at two. It can be a bit of a hot mess at 3 or 4. The game is not that hard to play, but there are some new terms that can be a bit tough to grok, also the rulebook isn't great. I recommend that you check out some videos about it before you rush out and buy it. Also, I haven't played Viticulture but I imagine that innovation is a bit heavier. 

philryuh Supporter6 months ago | 2 points[-]

I think Carcassonne has a lot of potential, and it actually gave me some ideas on looking into games that have similar mechanics. Will look into Innovation but my guess is that it won't be suitable for her. Thanks!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter6 months ago | 2 points[-]

I would be surprised if Innovation is suitable for her. But, for those of its suitable for it is great. 

WadeB1977 6 months ago | 2 points[-]

Your wife sounds somewhat similar to mine.  She doesn't like learning new games, hates hearing rules, wants to dive right in, and doesn't want anything too complicated but engaging none-the-less, "Hey Hun?, Let's just watch a movie." (JK!).  I've ran into a few games she seems to like quite a bit.  Wingspan is one of her favorites and while I like it better with 3-5 players we have a lot of fun with just the two of us.  We now have the European expansion and it adds a few more dynamics to the game but still keeps it easy to play.  Heaven & Ale is another game she enjoy's playing.  It's pretty short with two players.  This is one of my personal favorite games.  Azul is another game she likes and has a quick setup and takedown time.  Given that she likes Azul and we sort of enjoyed Photosynthesis (I traded it as it sort of petered out toward the end and I had to house rule some thinks to make it more fun) I have Bosk but haven't gotten it to the table with her yet.  Finally, a wildcard I'll toss out there...7th Continent.  We have a saved game together and she seemed to enjoy that and it took very little time to teach.

philryuh Supporter6 months ago | 2 points[-]

So my wife played Wingspan tonight! In short, it was as I had predicted--she enjoyed it but the solitaire experience definitely doesn't scratch that itch for player action that Catan satisfied. And that was the same for Azul as well (we played it several times a few months ago). It's given me better idea of what she might like so it's good!

WadeB1977 6 months ago | 2 points[-]

Ah, that gives a better feel for what she's looking for.  Sounds like Innovation, Pandemic Legacy, Spirit Island are good bets for increased player interaction (Spirit Island requires it to win!) or maybe...MAYBE...Robinson Crusoe (you'll probably die a lot though).  On a simpler level 5 Minute Dungeon is fast and furious but fun and Jaipur is a nice simple two player game but is still less interactive than Spirit Island or Robinson Crusoe where you have to talk through stuff.  Honestly, now that I think about it...Gloomhaven is great for player interaction.  Especially if you have a place in your home to leave it set up...use the app to manage the monsters and your play time will be cut in half (I realize some folks are anti-app...the game is definitely not app dependent, but my friend and I have almost played through the entire game in a year BECAUSE we started using the app and it just safes time doing math).  That's my two cents for Wednesday morning!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter6 months ago | 2 points[-]

Do you play Spirit Island solo? I'm try to decide if I need to break down and buy it or if I need to see if my wife or somebody wants to get it for my bday or Christmas. 

WadeB1977 6 months ago | 2 points[-]

Its definitely better with others but you can play solo.  I did a solo runthrough with each of the spirits (10 of them I think?) and had a lot of fun learning the strength's and weaknesses of each Spirit.  You could pretty well run two spirits at the same time as well as the AI sort of runs itself in the game.  I haven't played with the expanded content in the original box but probably will one day once I've played the based game.  I also haven't felt the need to buy an expansion although I'm sure its great...the base game is just great by itself.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter6 months ago | 2 points[-]

How long did a solo run-through last on average? 

WadeB1977 6 months ago | 2 points[-]

Once I had the rules down pretty well I'd say 40-60 minutes give or take.  

Marshwiggle92 Supporter6 months ago | 1 point[-]

So, have you decided what to add to your cart? 

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