Settlers of Catan, Dominion, Carcassonne
10. Ninja: Legend of the Scorpion Clan
9. Small World
8. Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
7. Can't Stop
Number One - Spades/Hearts
Hearts is not much different than spades. The main differences being that you don't want to take tricks, you don't bid, you don't have a teammate, and there are no trump cards. The goal is to have the lowest score when someone else scores 100 points. You get points by taking tricks with hearts or the queen of spades (who scores you 13 points). If, however, you are able to take all the hearts and the queen of spades, you "shoot the moon" and everyone else scores 26 points.
We have really been fond of both of these card games. They are a great starting point for game nights with other couples. They are both easy to teach and learn, and most people have encountered one or the other at some point. This is especially true since most computers came a version of hearts on them for a long time. I know that this is how I was first introduced to the game. The other great thing about Spades and Hearts is that they can be a launching point into designer games. There are quite a few trick-taking games that have a Spades and Hearts feel to them. And you start to introduce these other games to your friends, and then start breaking out some board games, and then they are hooked. Finally, these games are public domain. All you need is a deck of cards and you are set to go. That is why I believe that the deck of playing cards is the best game product any gamer can have. There are so many games that can be played with just a deck of standard poker cards, and I believe that Spades and Hearts are my favorites.
As we end this Top 10, what are some of your favorite games to play with another couple?