Games Using Counters

These games all make use of counters.  They supplement the activities in our Counters Feature.

Tac-tickle

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.

Nim-7

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?

Subtraction Squares

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A game for 2 players. Using 2 dice, some counters and a games board, can you form a line of counters from one side of the board to the other?

Makeover

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves

Square It

Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.

Pumpkin Patch

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

A game for two players based on a game from the Somali people of Africa. The first player to pick all the other's 'pumpkins' is the winner.

Achi

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

This game for two players comes from Ghana. However, stones that were marked for this game in the third century AD have been found near Hadrian's Wall in Northern England.

Two Stones

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

This game is known as Pong hau k'i in China and Ou-moul-ko-no in Korea. Find a friend to play or try the interactive version online.

Alquerque

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

This game for two, was played in ancient Egypt as far back as 1400 BC. The game was taken by the Moors to Spain, where it is mentioned in 13th century manuscripts, and the Spanish name Alquerque derives from the Arabic El- quirkat. Watch out for being 'huffed'.

Sliding Game

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.

Twinkle Twinkle

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.

Gotcha

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.

Tandems

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.

Go Moku

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A game for two players on a large squared space.

Traffic Lights

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

The game uses a 3x3 square board. 2 players take turns to play, either placing a red on an empty square, or changing a red to orange, or orange to green. The player who forms 3 of 1 colour in a line wins.

Jumping Reindeer

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A game for 1 person to develop stategy and shape and space awareness. 12 counters are placed on a board. Counters are removed one at a time. The aim is to be left with only 1 counter.

Low Go

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A game for 2 players. Take turns to place a counter so that it occupies one of the lowest possible positions in the grid. The first player to complete a line of 4 wins.

Roundabout

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

This is a game for 2 players. Each player has 4 counters each, and wins by blocking their opponent's counters. A good follow-on from two stones.

Counter Roundup

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.

Part the Piles

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?

Counters

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?

Diagonal Dodge

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A game for 2 players. Can be played online. One player has 1 red counter, the other has 4 blue. The red counter needs to reach the other side, and the blue needs to trap the red.

Nim-like Games

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A collection of games on the NIM theme