Cupid would’ve loved CAH – Valentines day alternative plays

Skip surrounding yourself with doting diners and the dull choice of dinner out this Valentines day – It’s an amateur move anyway. Stay in, grab a bottle of something, select a decent home-delivery food option, cosy up, uncork and enjoy one of these games aimed at two:

Love Letters – Love Letters is a game of risk, deduction, and luck for 2–4 players. Your goal is to get your love letter into Princess Annette’s hands while deflecting the letters from other potential suitors.

Love Letters
Love Letters

Fog Of Love – Described as a RomCom in a box this beautiful board game experience lets you act as a character created in and by the game. Fog of Love charts the ups and downs of relationships and romance, taking players on a journey through various stages of a fictitious relationship. Role play yes, but nothing kinky, and its twisting story lines will have you hooked.

Fog of Love
Fog of Love

Hive – TO be played with your “queen be” *groans* this two-player tile laying game is simple and utterly addictive. Highly tactile “clinky” play pieces the aim is to be the first to surround the other players Queen Bee with the included assorted creatures to win.

Hive - For your Queen bee
Hive – For your Queen bee

Othello – A absolute classic named, some say, after the Shakespearian play of the same name. Taking turns to lay down your discs across the 8×8 play space the aim is to triumph with more of your coloured pieces face up. One of these shelf-worthy type games that looks good just left out.

Othello - A classic
Othello – A classic

Jaipur – Each player takes the part of a powerful trader in the city of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. The aim is to achieve seals of excellence and the gameplay is pretty fast paced with some tactics blended together with risk and luck.

Jaipur - Really quite good
Jaipur – Really quite good

Patchwork – Creating a quilt might not immediately sound appealing but this strategic games achieves unputdownable status rather quickly. Choose your play patch pieces carefully and keep plenty buttons back that’ll help you create a better version that your opponent.

Quilting finally gets a game


The Mind – You’re both playing together to defeat this game, co-operating to rid your hand in sequential order of the numbers 1-100. Each player, without communicating to the other, must lay down their delivered hand (starting with four cards) in order to progress to the next round. Super simple, highly frustrating, you’ll soon be taking it everywhere.

The Mind – best card game ever?

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Peter Jenkinson
Toyologist Pete Jenkinson regularly writes about toys in national newspapers like The Sun and The Mail. This super-dad has an unmatched passion and dedication for trying and testing the latest, coolest and most interesting offerings from the world of toys.

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