14 Japanese Two Player Games



These are two of the greatest two-player games for the classroom are these Japanese designs. You’ll be getting seven copies of each game.

Hanamikoji is my daughter’s favourite game. It is usually fast to play and has engaging decisions starting right away. The cards are beautifully illustrated – no doubt one of the reasons my daughter fell in love with it. In the classroom, I pair up students so they can discuss strategies. That makes this two-player game into a four-player game.

Onitama is a pure strategy game that is also great for the classroom because it is relatively quick. Each turn a player adopts the movement of one of two animals, but then gives up that movement ability to the opponent. What a clever, simple mechanic! Again I pair students up so it is two teams of two going at it.

Puzzlingly yours, Gord!