I have published a simple game for two players, whose menu contains the following:

  • Single Player (human vs. computer)
  • Two Players (two players playing on the same device)
  • Bluetooth (two players on two different devices)

(Without the texts in parentheses.)

So, is it correct to say "two players" or "two player" (as in "a two-player game")? If both are correct, which one is better for this purpose?

  • Especially around Christmas, I should think that things like pheasant and venison work better as game menu items. :) – tchrist Dec 30 '12 at 21:50

Just as we can speak of a two-man canoe, we can speak of a two-player game. Best to use the hyphen, though.

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    If Two-Player is used for Option 2, then shouldn't Single-Player be used for Option 1? And, by extension, wouldn't Single Player and Two Players also be acceptable? (In other words, I think consistency is the overriding issue here.) – J.R. Dec 31 '12 at 1:21
  • @J.R.. Well, yes, of course, Two players is fine if it stands alone, and doesn't modify any following noun phrase. – Barrie England Dec 31 '12 at 8:16

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