Jason MoslanderUnited States
Originally posted at http://gameswithtwo.blogspot.com/2012/08/top-10-games-we-pla...
Our Top 10 list on games that we enjoy to play together continues with entries number eight and seven respectively. Our first entries had a theme of dice games that have a bit of a push your luck element to them (http://gameswithtwo.blogspot.com/2012/08/just-2-of-us-top-10...). The next two games on our list are also similar. They are both 2-player only versions of very popular games; games that many call iconic. However, these two games are the lesser-loved and lesser-known little brothers to these infamous games. Just a quick reminder, these are games that we enjoy playing with just the two of us. These are not necessarily 2-player only games, or games that play best with 2-players, however, they hit our table often because we enjoy playing them together. Most of them are light games that can be played on a weeknight and are great after a long day of work. That all being said, feel free to take a look at the previous entry that covers the introduction and entries number ten and number nine, and enjoy numbers eight and seven.
Number Eight - Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
This is a fairly new game. I believe it only hit stores a couple weeks ago. We did a full review of the game a little while back. This is a great streamlined version of Agricola. It gives you the feel of the full game, but you have limited setup and game time. This makes it a great game to play in the middle of the week. It is also less of a brain burner than it's bigger brother. We haven't gotten this one to the table as much as I would like, and that is why it is so far down on the list. I really feel that this one will be moving up the list as the weeks go by. If you like Agricola or want to get into Agricola, this is a great way to enjoy the game streamlined, or to get a feel for the full game without immersing yourself in a deep game experience.
Number Seven - Rivals for Catan
Rivals big brother is the king of Eurogames. It is the game that brought many people into the hobby: Settlers of Catan. Rivals brings the Settlers experience to a two-player-only version. This is also a new version of the Catan Card Game that game out some years back. Rivals gives you the feel and theme of settlers, but in a nice, compact, two-player game. The game plays well and really does feel like Settlers. There is also tons of replay value in this game. There are four different decks of cards that can be used that really change the look and feel of the game. If you are a fan of Settlers of Catan and have been looking for a way to enjoy it with just 2, this is your best bet.