In the run-up to every Valentine's Day, heart-shaped balloons and teddies are everywhere. Boxes of chocolates, roses, glitter - *shudder*. If you're looking to escape the sickliness of Valentine's Day nausea, Rules of Play's official advice is to build a blanket fort filled with pizza and wine, avoid the world, and play 2 player board games 'til it's February 15th. Check out these 3 best anti-Valentine's Day board games for couples who hate everything. Yay.
1. Dark Stories 2 - 2 players, 2 - 200 minutes, £8
In Dark Stories 2, you only have the end of a dark, grizzly, story and you need to work out the rest of it. It's as simple as that, but it keeps you entertained for hours! With gazillions of cards to play through, players can take it in turns to present the puzzle teaser to their team mate, who then has to ask questions until they figure out the mystery. Creepy fun for creepy couples.
2. XCOM - 1-4 players, 90 minutes, £45
In XCOM: The Board Game, two to five players take on the roles of the leaders of the elite, international organization known as XCOM. It is your job to save the world and stop the alien invasion. Thankfully, you can't make this romantic; there's no shred of Valentine's Day love in sight!
3. Cthulhu Gloom - 2-5 players, 60 minutes, £20
With all the horror and misery of the original Gloom, but with added madness! In Cthulhu Gloom, you control a group of Lovecraftian protagonists and guide them down a path of horror and insanity to an untimely death, while keeping your opponents happy, healthy, and annoyingly alive. No soppy mushiness. Just cruelty and despair. ❤️❤️❤️