Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?

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.

Match pairs of cards so that they have equivalent ratios.

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 Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?

Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?

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 moves.

Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his friend trapped in the tower.

An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.

Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?

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.

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 game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game Rummy. Players aim to make two `tricks', where each trick has to consist of a picture of a shape, a name that describes that shape, and. . . .

Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.

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.

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.

A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.

An ordinary set of dominoes can be laid out as a 7 by 4 magic rectangle in which all the spots in all the columns add to 24, while those in the rows add to 42. Try it! Now try the magic square...

Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.

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

Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?

A game for two or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with the measuring tool shown.

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

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.

A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?

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. . . .

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. . . .

A game for 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit the target score.

Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this sudoku.

Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.

A game to make and play based on the number line.

Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?

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. . . .

Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.

A game that tests your understanding of remainders.

Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?

Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?

First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.

In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.

In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.