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I've been doing a series of reviews of the games my husband and I enjoy, or don't enjoy, playing 2 player. This Geeklist puts them all in one place, with my verdict on the 2 player game.

If you are interested in seeing how a particular game works 2 player, I hope my reviews will help you, and if others disagree with my opinion there are usually plenty of comments afterwards!
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76. Board Game: Eurorails [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:719]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/400307

Verdict
Although 2 is probably not the best number for this game, it is still an excellent 2 player game, and was one of my favourites as a child (although to be fair, it was competing with games like Monopoly, so maybe that wasn't hard). I'd just as happily pull this out with 2 as I would with 3 or 4 (in fact 4 is the number i'm most wary of - if more than one player is unfamiliar with the game it can go on forever).
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77. Board Game: The Hanging Gardens [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:837]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/article/13537879

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I personally think Hanging Gardens is at its best as a 2 player game, ok with 3, and unplayable with 4 - with 4 you lose all the strategy of the game, and it becomes a very light luck-driven game. With 2 there is a lot more depth to the game, and the game really shines.
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78. Board Game: O Zoo le Mio [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:955]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/410965

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ZooSim works just as well with 2 as with 3 or 4 . The differences are just in valueing the tiles, not the basic strategy or feel of the game.

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79. Board Game: Mamma Mia! [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:973] [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/article/10397988

Verdict

I've been disappointed with this game every time I've played it with less than 4, but enjoy it as a quick filler with 4 or 5. However, it's not the gameplay itself that disappoints, but the scoring at end-game, so it's possible that a very slight tweak to scoring might fix my problems, or removing a certain number of each ingredient with fewer players. I wish I could get this to the table more anyway, and if I could find some way of making it work with 2, it's possible that it would see more play (although not with my husband, my main 2 player opponent, as he really hates the game!).
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80. Board Game: Expedition [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1045]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/408706

Verdict
Expedition is a game that suffers with too many players, and works very well with just 2. The basic play is identical to with more, with slightly more control and much less downtime.
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81. Board Game: Phoenicia [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1071]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/15912391#15912391

Verdict:

I do feel this game loses something with just 2 players, and is at its best with more, but not as much as some auction games - this is definitely quite playable with 2, but just loses some of its tenseness and excitement when reduced to a 2 player game.
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82. Board Game: Entdecker: Exploring New Horizons [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1137]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/article/16314002

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Although the main gameplay is unchanged with just 2 players, the problems with the scout huts and dice rolling for income mean that I'm not likely to pull this out again 2 player. It works much better as a multiplayer game.
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83. Board Game: Metro [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1192]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/396646

Verdict
Metro is an excellent 2 player game, with a lot more to think about in the way of tactics and control than the multiplayer game - particularly when you get more than 4 players. I'd never choose to play it again with 5 or 6, and although I'd happily play with 3 or 4, 2 would be my first choice.
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84. Board Game: Crude: The Oil Game [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1230]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/10447617#10447617

Verdict
I was pleasantly surprised at how well it played with just 2 players. Iniitally I was quite sceptical, with the reduced cash at setup and two boards, but actually the game played out remarkably well. Would I choose to play it many more times that way - I don't know, it's too early to say yet, but I certainly wouldn't refuse to. McMulti is a game that only comes out a couple of times a year anyway, despite being quite popular with most players, as we do struggle to get exactly 4 to play it, so maybe playing with 2 will get it to the table more regulalrly.
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85. Board Game: The City [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1259]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/855415/the-city-as-a-2-p...

Verdict

The game is pretty much identical with all player counts, as it is so solitaire. It makes an excellent end or start of session filler, when you're wanting something about 10 minutes long to fill in a quick gap.
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86. Board Game: P.I. [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1356]
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P.I. as a 2 player game

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Having now played it at all player counts, I think that although it loses downtime with fewer players, it also loses the little interaction it has, and I find this reduces my enjoyment of the game.
 
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87. Board Game: Boggle [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:1632]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/article/10295567

Verdict

If you're wanting a real match of skill, then the 2 player game is the one to play. If you're wanting a lighter more fun game, then the multiplayer one becomes more of a light word game with friends. Either way works - although I personally think that with more than 5, it can get a bit dull unless you get a good board, as everyone cancels out everyone else's words!!
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88. Board Game: Tongiaki [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:1658]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/400939

Verdict
Although it works, and works fairly well, with just two players, there are benefits to having an extra player. However, it works a lot better with 2 than with 5 or 6!! And if you play 2 player several times, you'll find your 3 player strategies changing rather, as you look for negative plays more often!
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89. Board Game: Wacky Wacky West [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:1695]
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Drunter & Druber as a 2 player game

Verdict:
There's nothing wrong with Drunter and Druber as a 2 player game - mechanically it all works fine, but losing the table-talk and banter reduces the game down to a very abstract game, rather than the fun light family fare it was clearly designed to be. More fun with more.
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90. Board Game: Alchemist [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:1809]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/article/16303750

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Although I love this game as a multiplayer game, particularly with 4 or 5, I can't see me ever playing it again with 2 players. The game just didn't work when played with a zero-sum mindset, and I can't see that it would be any better in future playings, as you'd still have the same underlying problem that you don't want your opponent to do your potions, and the game degenerates into a stall, not the chaos it is in the multiplayer game.
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91. Board Game: Mhing [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1940]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/408422

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Mhing is an excellent game when played with just 2 players, with quite a lot to think about, and more strategy than their might appear at first glance. It turns from a fairly luck dependent Mahjong card game with 4 to a tight tactical rummy-like card game with just 2. We get it out over and over again, and it hasn't lost it's appeal yet.
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92. Board Game: Filthy Rich [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2072]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/394746

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It's a very luck-dependent game, but it's a lot of fun, and there is enough skill that you have some feel over your actions. As a 2 player game it's particularly great if you don't want something that's not going to hurt your brain too much but also isn't too short, and you don't lose anything by playing with just 2 compared to with more. Although some games can be over very quickly if one player gets lucky and keeps rolling lots of income (we had a 10 minute game last night!), generally games take about 30-45 mins with 2 players - just a nice length for the style of game it is.

Overal it's good fun, and has been a hit with many casual gamers we've shown it to - if you want a 2 player game to play with someone who's not into heavy gaming, but likes the idea of playing games, then this might be a good one to look out for.
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93. Board Game: Dorn [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:2392]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/article/6836176

Verdict

As with many cooperative games, the gameplay is pretty much identical regardless of whether you play with any number between 2 and 6 - the main differences come in the "theme" side of the game. With just 2 the game is still enjoyable, but does become more of a puzzle - with more player the extra interaction between the players as they work together (or not!) makes it seem more "fun".

Having said that, I think Dorn is an excellent 2 player game, and one I would happily pull out any time. The only reason we don't play it much with just 2 right now is that it's played pretty much every other week at our weekly gaming group anyway, so it's hitting the table enough.
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94. Board Game: Burn Rate [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:3387]
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It works 2 player, and there's no reason it can't be played with just 2, but it loses a lot, particularly the "fun factor". Burn Rate is a game that relies heavily on group banter, as it's not exactly a game where skill is a major factor, and with just 2 it just becomes a way of killing some time.
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