Board Games You Can Play on Your Next Date

Do you love board games? I do. As much as I love them, though, I have always had trouble bringing dates to board game cafes because most of the games that I know require bigger groups of people. Aside from the usuals (Monopoly Deal, Scrabble, etc.), I don’t really know a lot of games that I could play with a loved one (or a potential significant other).

As such, I asked a couple of experts from Gaming Library for advice on some good board games I can play the next time I actually find someone to go on a date with. :p

(RELATED: 5 of Our Favorite ‘More Challenging’ Board Games You Should Try)

Board Games You Can Play on Your Next Date

Pandemic Legacy Season 1 and 2

Playing time: around 45 minutes

According to Gaming Library, Pandemic should be part of the long-term relationship gaming starter pack. In this game, various viruses have broken out in the world and you have to work as specialists with the mission to fight these diseases, treating them while looking for cures before they spread out of hand. This gam will require you to work on a strategy together in order to win. If you don’t, you both lose. See how well you really mesh together, and test who will blame the other first if you ever lose. :p

Kingdomino / Queendomino

Playing time: 15 to 20 minutes

Kingdomino or Queendomino is a much lighter game to play. Think of it as another version of Domino (thus the name – duh!) In it, you play either a King or a Queen looking for new lands to expand your kingdom in. You might fight over pieces of land every now and then, and you might argue about here is whether to play the King or Queen version; but it’s all in good fun.

Shiba Inu House

Playing time: 15 to 30 minutes

This game is perfect for the two of you if you have a dog together or simply both love dogs, particularly shiba inus. In this game, you will race to place cards properly in order to create doghouses for the shiba inu that match the patterns shown on your goal cards. Get the highest score and you win! The cuteness of it all is just a plus!

Love Letter

Playing time: 20 minutes

Although this game can be played by any couple, it works pretty well as an ice breaker for those who just started dating or are still in the ligaw stage. In Love Letter, you have to try and get your letter to Princess Annette while deflecting the letters of her other suitors. Pretty relatable, eh? It’s also a great excuse to get your flirt on throughout the game.

Century: Spice Road

Playing time: 30 to 45 minutes

Are you a bit of a history geek? Century: Spice Road explores each century’s history with spice-trading and you will have to travel the silk road to deliver your spices. Get the most victory points to win!

Tokaido: 5th Anniversary Edition

If you love to travel, you might want to try out Tokaido. In it, you will have to cross the East Sea Road to look for new discoveries and natural marvels. You will also get to meet new people, buy souvenirs, donate at shrines, taste local food, go to hot springs, and paint vistas – very much like an actual trip around the world. This is perfect for couples who have already been together for some time, but haven’t gone on a trip together yet. It’s a great way to bring up the topic and talk about your travel dreams.


Playing time: 20 minutes

Plan on eating Japanese for lunch or dinner? Play this game before or after your meal and make the whole day Japanese food-themed. In Wazabi, you only have one goal: to get rid of your dice. However, the game gets harder the fewer dice you have, so be careful

Sushi Go Party

Playing time: 20 minutes

Yes, it’s another Japanese food-themed game! If you’re going for the whole Japanese theme mentioned above, this is a second game you can add to your to-play list.

Codenames: Deep Undercover

Playing time: 15 minutes

Codenames is a great game for long-term couples to play as it will test how well you actually know each other. Since the game is made for two competing teams, though, you will need to play this during a double date. In Codenames, you will basically have to give your date one-word clues to help them figure out which words you’re talking about on the board. It’s a fun and competitive game that will give you bragging rights on who’s the better couple in the end.

Exploding Kittens Black

Playing time: 15 minutes

Dyce N Dyne Board Games Exploding Kittens

Need to let some steam out? Instead of getting into an actual fight, release those explosive feelings in your chest with Exploding Kittens. On regular you’re-in-love days, this might not be a great game to play (at least not if you’re the sensitive type); but on days when you just wanna try and beat your S.O. at something, it works as a pretty good stress release… provided you win, anyway.

Rocky Road ala Mode

Playing time: 20 to 30 minutes

Going on an ice cream date? Simply love ice cream? Find out what it’s like to be an ice cream truck driver with Rocky Road a la Mode. In it, you will need to stock up your truck with sweet treats, attract customers, and serve ice cream. It’s also a great game for budding entrepreneurs to play.


Playing time: 15 to 30 minutes

Love nature? Play Seikatsu and tend to the flowers and birds. In the game, you will take turns putting flower and bird tiles on a shared garden area for points. It’s cute and colourful, and a great way to pass the time.

Katamino Deluxe

Playing time: 10 minutes

Looking for a super quick game to play with your loved one? Katamino Deluxe kinda looks like Tetris and kinda works that way, too – except it isn’t digital. If you’re good at Tetris, though, this is a great way to prove it and win. Put those Tetris skills to the test and place a piece on the board at every turn. The first one to fail to be able to place a piece loses – easy peasy!

Top tip: you can also play this by dividing the board into two and trying to fit all of your blocks perfectly into your half. 🙂


Playing time: 30 minutes

Before a whole new world, someone had to buy the carpet. Yes, this game will give you those Aladdin feels. In it, you will basically have to try and outwit your partner. The coins and the carpets are fun to handle, though, and the game is pretty easy to play – perfect for a simple date night out.

Don’t know where to play? You can visit Alter Ego in Shangrila Mall during mall hours (have lunch there and then head to the store to play) or buy your own games via Gaming Library! 🙂 What’s your favorite board game to play on a date? Did we miss any? Share them with us!

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