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Violet Mackerel
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I have a -- in my opinion -- whip-smart (computer programmer, 3d animator, math-brainy, but also literary and into the arts and philosophy) friend who recently bought a game table that is currently being used for jigsaw puzzles with a partner/roommate. I'd like to get them a game for Christmas. We've talked a little about games, so it wouldn't be out of the blue (i.e. they're not going to growl, "jigsaw puzzles only"), but since I'm relatively new to playing and still have more games on my "Want to Play" list than my "Have Played," I'd love to see some of your recommendations.

The game should play well with two players, and it's okay if it's *only* for two, but would be nice if there was a solo variant as well.

Might Patchwork be a good choice? I haven't played that one yet, but I heard you don't have to be a quilter to appreciate it. I was also thinking about Hive or Tsuro (which I have played).

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Patchwork was definitely the first thing that came to my mind too. It's a great two player game and no, you definitely don't need to be a quilter to appreciate it. If spatial thinking is their strong suit you can't go wrong with that one.
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Maybe you could give The Ravens of Thri Sahashri a shot. It is subtle, original, challenging, and on top of it all - inexpensive.
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Carcassonne sounds like it might be suitable too... Would definitely appeal to his puzzle roots!

Lots of expansions available too should he want to expand later.
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You can't go wrong with Targi. It has a different 2P "puzzle" appeal. I own & play it.

You might also look into Pueblo for 3D fun. -- Multiplayer capabilities, as well.
It's a classic Kiesling & Kramer design from 2002. ~ Good luck!

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Agree with The Ravens of Thri Sahashri, Patchwork, would also say Honshu-I was surprised how well this worked with 2 as well as Dokmus from the same company. And while not particularly jigsaw like but excellent for 2 I'd recommend Hanamikoji and Elements
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I have a few things you might want to look at:

Castles of Mad King Ludwig - in it you are buying and laying tiles to form a crazy castle. Your choice of which tiles to buy and how you place them affect your scoring so it's puzzly in that way. It also has a nice solo variant in the rulebook.

New York 1901 - In this gateway level game you are competing to be the best developer in turn of the century New York. In it you are are acquiring plots of land then building a variety of different "tetris-shaped" buildings to fill in those plots and score points. Complicating the matters is that you can build over previous generations of buildings with newer buildings (subject to some rules) and you are competing for street majority bonuses (most buildings on given streets) and other bonuses. Lots of nice choices here in this game. No solo variant.

Quadropolis is another gateway game in which you use workers to obtain buildings to place on your player mat. The positioning of the buildings relative to each other affect scoring (and flexibility for future placements). Complicating matters is that when you acquire buildings you obtain different resources, which can be used to activate buildings for endgame scoring but having excess resources at the end of the game incurs a scoring penalty.

Have fun shopping.
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I've always considered Factory Fun to be more of a puzzle than a game. I'm sure the new Factory Funner is the same way.
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Maybe take a look at Aton
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Ubongo



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Not Enigma, I found it dull at 2P and the puzzles are mostly not that challenging.
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Blokus Duo, Blokus 3D
+1 to the Ubongo Series

These are less directly related, but might be of interest:
Ricochet Robots
Take it Easy!
Sunda to Sahul (used, probably). Uses wooden jigsaw pieces.
Carcassonne, etc.
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Puzzly, for non-gamers, good with 2 players but also playable solo: Pelican Cove
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I´d like to suggest my Topology.

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Neuromanced wrote:
Might Patchwork be a good choice? I haven't played that one yet, but I heard you don't have to be a quilter to appreciate it. I was also thinking about Hive or Tsuro (which I have played).


Patchwork is definitely a great 2p game for people who likes to solve spatial puzzles, though you could also consider the newer Cottage Garden.

While I haven't tried CG yet, IMO CG has more emphasis on solving a spatial puzzle efficiently compared to patchwork, due to both the latter's bigger player board & button economy system. In PW you actually have a lot of freedom in how you place your pieces, & your decision point early is more 'button resource' based than spatially. In contrast, CG has none of the economy system, & instead focuses on having you solve many smaller puzzles over the game. The fact that you could technically count which pieces are accessible to you over the next few turns also helps.

I also second Quadropolis as a good spatial puzzle, since you not only have to consider which pieces you want, but how you obtain them determines where they can be placed on your player board.
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If a co-op game is OK, then take a look at Castellion.
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+1 for both New York 1901 and Patchwork.
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bgmclay wrote:
You might also look into Pueblo for 3D fun. -- Multiplayer capabilities, as well.
It's a classic Kiesling & Kramer design from 2002. ~ Good luck!



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Also, +1 for Patchwork.
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I also recommend The Princes of Florence. The optimal fitting of buildings of various shapes into one's palazzo is important to winning.



and Castles of Mad King Ludwig. Adding rooms to your castle involves taking advantage of bonus points while conforming with placement rules.



IOTA is very interesting; I consider it a blend of SET + Scrabble. Recognizing patterns and laying cards for points is the way it's played.

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Qwirkle is a good one.
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Melencolia comes with 14 different games. Great for two players. All games are suitable to puzzle lovers and math-brainy players as well. These games can improve your cognitive learning abilities.
 
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I suggest Karuba or 4 Gods. I think those would satisfy a puzzly person.
 
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Another suggestion would be for logic puzzle type games, just played Gads Hill 1874 for example
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When I saw the title, Patchwork was the first one that came to mind. Gads Hill is another good choice.

Two others that might be worth looking at are Akrotiri and Neuland. I know Neuland is OOP so it'd have to be used but it's usually available on BGG for cheap. I think Akrotiri is still in stores and it's a good puzzly game.

but, yeah, Patchwork is head and shoulders above the rest.
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