The Best Two-Player Games for the Campground

Feb 16, 2022 | Gear & Tech

The Best Two-Player Games for the Campground

Grab your camping partner and go head-to-head with these fun and competitive two-player games.

By Kerry Sainato

Photo: Kerry Sainato

My husband and I have a collection of more than 100 board games at home. From our favorites, we’ve curated a list of the best two-player games that travel well when we camp in the RV. These compact games are fun for two players, and easy to play on a picnic table. 

Card game named "PARKS" laid out on table
PARKS board game. | Photo: Kerry Sainato

PARKS

PARKS is a game for anyone who dreams of visiting all of the national parks in the U.S. During your PARKS adventure, you’ll hike across the game board collecting natural resources that earn you admission to national parks. Each visit earns you varied points. You can also gather points by taking photos along your journey and working toward a personal parks bonus.

The design of the game is gorgeous and it’s exciting with two players. PARKS also expands up to five players so you can invite the neighbors over for the journey.

Qwixx

Qwixx is an ultra-compact and fast-paced roll-and-write game that’s fun for everyone. Roll the dice and cross out numbers in ascending or descending order for each color category. You can skip boxes, but your score might suffer. And if you wait too long to get the color and number combinations you need, you may be locked out of earning more points.

Azul

Azul is a beautiful tile playing game; players compete to choose tiles from a shared market to complete mosaic designs on their boards. Earn points over three rounds by completing rows and end-of-game bonuses—lose points by dropping tiles on the floor. 

Azul plays well with just two players, but up to four people can play the game. This is a fast-paced, addictive game for all skill levels. The tiles are sturdy, making it a great choice for playing inside the RV or outside on the picnic table. 

Card game with cards spread out on table and box cover. Game is called "Morels"
Morels card game. | Photo: Kerry Sainato

Morels

In Morels, both players traipse through a forest collecting mushrooms—without the danger of poisoning yourself. In this card game, the goal is to forage batches of the same type of mushroom to gain points; the rarer the fungi, the more points you earn. Cook your haul with butter or cider for extra points, but steer clear of destroying angels—they’ll contaminate your mushroom basket. 

Morels is designed exclusively for two players and it’s truly fun and interesting for head-to-head mycology. It’s fast-paced, competitive, and beautifully themed. 

Kubb

Kubb is our go-to lawn game—it’s a great outdoor game that’s much easier to fit in your RV than corn hole.

The goal of Kubb is to knock over your opponent’s line of wooden blocks by throwing a wooden baton across a regulation field. It’s a bit like chess meets horseshoes and it’s satisfying when you get a hit. Kubb is fun for just two players but scales up for team play.

Throw Throw Burrito

Throw Throw Burrito calls itself the “World’s First Dodgeball Card Game.” Exciting, no? This game is a wild, fast-paced, card-collecting game that often leads to a duel where players compete in a head-to-head battle of the burrito.

This game is best played outside the confines of an RV and a fun option for campers with high energy, who don’t fear getting pummeled by an adorable squishy burrito. It can be played with two players or up to six, so you can easily invite friends to your campsite for more fun. 

Game being played on picnic table with RV in the background. Player enjoying a martini drink while playing
Doppelt So Clever (Twice as Clever!) game. | Photo: Kerry Sainato

Doppelt So Clever (Twice as Clever!)

Doppelt So Clever (Twice as Clever!) is the second in a series of “Clever” games created by German game maker Wolfgang Warsh. In this game, roll six different colored dice and choose three of them to fill in your game sheet. Each color scores differently, and you must balance using all of the colors throughout the game to score well. You can earn chain bonuses along the way to level-up your play and show just how clever you are. 

It’s strategic, but also fast-paced and easy-to-learn. The randomness of the dice adds to the fun and, sometimes, frustration. The dice-based aspect also makes it a safe game to play outdoors on the picnic table—even in breezy weather.

Welcome to New Las Vegas

In Welcome to New Las Vegas, compete against your opponent to create the best new casino empire. Build hotels, open golf courses, and put on stage shows to earn points. Players use the same set of cards to build their city each turn, but it always leads to differing results. 

Welcome to New Las Vegas offers variety in every game. Players can choose a fresh strategy every time, so the game never feels boring. The game is also compact and only has a few pieces.

Targi

Targi is a high-strategy game that comes in a compact package for two players. You’re on a desert journey to collect goods to purchase cards worth points and game-play benefits.

While the outer edge of the game board is always the same, the cards in the middle area change at random, so every game plays differently. The game relies on tactical adaptability to beat your opponent. 

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Kerry Sainato

Kerry bought a tiny teardrop trailer on a whim over four years ago and is now an enthusiastic RV traveler. She spends most of her camping nights in New England, but is working on plans for a year-long cross country journey with her husband. Kerry also owns and operates a cooking blog, cookwithkerry.com, and loves cooking over the open fire during her camping adventures.

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