A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
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.
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 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. . . .
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
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?
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
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.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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. Given an arrangement of matchsticks, players
take it is turns to remove a matchstick, along with all of the
matchsticks that touch it.
A game in which players take it in turns to try to draw
quadrilaterals (or triangles) with particular properties. Is it
possible to fill the game grid?
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
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.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
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. . . .
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
We think this 3x3 version of the game is often harder than the 5x5 version. Do you agree? If so, why do you think that might be?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
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.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
How good are you at estimating angles?
A collection of games on the NIM theme
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
This is an adding game for two players.
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.
Investigations based on an Indian game.
A game in which players take it in turns to turn up two cards. If
they can draw a triangle which satisfies both properties they win
the pair of cards. And a few challenging questions to follow...
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for
the price of one
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
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
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?