These are the best 2-person board games that are actually fun

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There’s nothing fun about feeling bored! But, if you’re currently bored at home with one other person, you have the luxury of playing real (non-virtual) games. While many games require four or more players, we rounded up some of the most fun and best two-person board games.

We’re not just talking card games either! These games require creativity, strategy and memory, and can produce a whole lot of laughs.

While in your down time you can always solve a puzzle, stock up on coloring books or try a new at-home work out, all of those can be done on your own. But, it takes two to play a game.

Right now, Target is conveniently having an amazing deal on games: Buy two, get one free select games and video games. You can check out Target’s full selection online and shop our favorite two-person board games below.

Shop: Jenga, $10.39

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You’ve probably played this one before while out day drinking at a bar or at a family picnic — but it’s a classic. Stack the blocks and one by one, using one hand, pull a block from the stack and place it on the top until it falls.

Shop: Watch Ya Mouth Board Game, $34.99

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This game will have you laughing from the get-go and it’s super easy. Players choose a card from the deck, and while wearing a mouthguard, try to get the other players to guess what they’re saying.

Shop: Friends the One with the Ball Game, $14.89

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This game is inspired by the “Friends” episode, “The One with the Ball.” Players compete to see how long they can last through five ball-tossing and balancing rounds, with challenges named after popular references like, “You ate my sandwich” and “Occupation? Dinosaur.”

Shop: Throw Throw Burrito Board Game, $24.99

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This game is part card game, part dodgeball and was a 2020 Toy of the Year Award Finalist. Players try to earn points by collecting a set of 3 cards — as fast as they can — but mixed in are “burrito brawl,” “burrito dual” and “burrito war” cards that can take away points when you get hit by, you probably guessed it, a burrito.

Shop: Connect 4, $7.99

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This one is another classic two-person one. The object of the game is to get four of your chips in a row, in other words, connect four.

Shop: Bananagrams, $14.99

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Bananagrams is simple: Players use letters to build their own separate crossword grids. The first to use all of their letters with all of the words spelled right (and no proper nouns) wins! And, all of the wooden letter blocks come in a handy, banana-shaped carrying case.

Shop: The Tonight Show Box of Lies, $11.99

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If you’re a fan of Jimmy Fallon’s late night talk show, you may be familiar with this one. Players take turns trying to deceive their opponent about what’s in the box: Are they telling the truth or are they bluffing? Players try to get their opponent to guess the opposite of what they’re really doing.

Shop: Mancala, $9.99

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Mancala is one of the oldest games in history and archaeologists have even found evidence dating it back to BCE 500 and 700. In basic terms, the object of the game is to collect the most stones. Players move stones from pit to pit until they land in their store.

Shop: Guess Who? High School Reunion Parody Game Adult Party Game, $9.99 (Orig. $19.99)

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Remember the game Guess Who? Well, this is just the adult version that’s a little funnier. For a refresher, players use question cards to guess an opponents mystery person. This version includes 50 Small Talk cards with yes or no questions and others let you fill in the blank or create your own question.

Shop: Smartish, $14.99

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This is a trivia game where you don’t have to know all the answers to win. Players choose four categories and rank them based on how well they know the topic, and can steal and swap questions from other players to get closer to the finish line.

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