Brian Klessig
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She is fairly new to boardgames. We have played Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective and she really enjoyed that.
Any other suggestions?
 
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Any of the recent spate of escape room games seem like they are worth a look. I think the Unlock! and EXIT games are the most popular. There is a timer on them, but of course, it's your game - if you prefer, you can play without it.
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Deadline seems to be sherlock light with more "gaminess" to it.
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I introduced my fiance to Pandemic, Iberia. It was her first modern board game and she loved it, wanted to play a second time right afterwards.

Puzzly in its own way, and the Iberia theme is superb.
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Legends of Andor if you like fantasy.
Pandemic is good, too.
T.I.M.E Stories if you enjoy storytelling; I have heard it's not that good with 2 players, however.

The escape room style games mentioned above are good, too.
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The Ravens of Thri Sahashri is a great, small co-op card game where you have to solve a puzzle together without communicating, Well, you can talk freely, just not about the game. ;) My husband and I enjoyed it a lot! And when you beat the game for the first time, you unlock new rules that make the next time more challenging & interesting, I highly recommend it!

+1 for Deadline, we've only played the first case so far, but had a great time. It was a little easy, but I suspect it gets harder with each case, so probably a good starting point if you want to introduce your wife to something with more game play but with a similar theme & feel as Consulting Detective. :)
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I can also recommend the escape-room type games. But beware that they are actual puzzles with a single solution so you can only play them once (also, some ask you to destroy components, which you can avoid if you want).

Fast Forward: FLEE is a recent small game which is also a puzzle but there is some variety to it. It is quite tough though.
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Maybe good filler for you: Codenames Duet
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If you don't mind a silent coop game where you might giggle most of the time, I would encourage you to take a look at Magic Maze.

What I like in the 2 player aspect, is that we are all responsible for all the possible actions, but since we can't talk, there's a lot of mindreading and giggling taking place .

It's definitely not the same kind of game as Sherlock Holmes, however it's pure light-hearted fun!
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I would advise against Escape Room games. While I did enjoy playing Unlocked for an hour, there's no replayability at all. If you are looking for a strong 2 player puzzle, you can't go wrong with anything from Pandemic line. Also perhaps try Forbidden Island (lighter) or Forbidden Desert (heavier) based on your gaming preference.
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XendoBreckett wrote:
I would advise against Escape Room games. While I did enjoy playing Unlocked for an hour, there's no replayability at all. If you are looking for a strong 2 player puzzle, you can't go wrong with anything from Pandemic line. Also perhaps try Forbidden Island (lighter) or Forbidden Desert (heavier) based on your gaming preference.


I still think the Escape Room games are worth the price you pay. You get the experience of a real escape room for a fraction of the price. You're looking at $10.39 for the Exit series games on Miniature Market right now. That's worth the hour in my opinion.
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Brian Klessig
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All I can say is WOW! I am new to this community and the amount of responses is incredible. I will be looking over all the suggestions!

Thanks!
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bklessig wrote:
All I can say is WOW! I am new to this community and the amount of responses is incredible. I will be looking over all the suggestions!

Thanks!


I hope you find a suitable game, Brian (or maybe twenty of them...)
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