An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
A game for 2 players. Set out 16 counters in rows of 1,3,5 and 7. Players take turns to remove any number of counters from a row. The player left with the last counter looses.
A game for 2 players with similaritlies to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.
A collection of games on the NIM theme
Start with any number of counters in any number of piles. 2 players
take it in turns to remove any number of counters from a single
pile. The winner is the player to take the last counter.
The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right
hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of
This article for teachers describes several games, found on the
site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to
develop the skills of strategic planning.
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
This article invites you to get familiar with a strategic game called "sprouts". The game is simple enough for younger children to understand, and has also provided experienced mathematicians with. . . .
Some puzzles requiring no knowledge of knot theory, just a careful
inspection of the patterns. A glimpse of the classification of
knots and a little about prime knots, crossing numbers and. . . .
A Sudoku with a twist.
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
Match pairs of cards so that they have equivalent ratios.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
A game for 2 players that can be played online. Players take it in turns to select a word from the 9 words given. The aim is to select all the occurrences of the same letter.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his
friend trapped in the tower.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
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.
Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
Match the cards of the same value.
All you need for this game is a pack of cards. While you play the
game, think about strategies that will increase your chances of
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
Basic strategy games are particularly suitable as starting points
for investigations. Players instinctively try to discover a winning
strategy, and usually the best way to do this is to analyse. . . .
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
The computer starts with all the lights off, but then clicks 3, 4
or 5 times at random, leaving some lights on. Can you switch them
A game for 2 people. Take turns to move the counters 1, 2 or 3
spaces. The player to remove the last counter off the board wins.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
Everthing you have always wanted to do with dominoes! Some of these games are good for practising your mental calculation skills, and some are good for your reasoning skills.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
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.
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for
the price of one
Unmultiply is a game of quick estimation. You need to find two numbers that multiply together to something close to the given target - fast! 10 levels with a high scores table.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
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.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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. . . .