There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
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.
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
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?
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
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.
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. . . .
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for
the price of one
How good are you at estimating angles?
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.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
Investigations based on an Indian game.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.
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.
A Sudoku with a twist.
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 is a game for two players. You will need some small-square
grid paper, a die and two felt-tip pens or highlighters. Players
take turns to roll the die, then move that number of squares in. . . .
The game of go has a simple mechanism. This discussion of the principle of two eyes in go has shown that the game does not depend on equally clear-cut concepts.
A game for 2 players
A simple game for 2 players invented by John Conway. It is played
on a 3x3 square board with 9 counters that are black on one side
and white on the other.
Follow-up to the February Game Rules of FEMTO.
This article explains the use of the idea of connectedness in networks, in two different ways, to bring into focus the basics of the game of Go, namely capture and territory.
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
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.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
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 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.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you
know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
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 article supplies teachers with information that may be useful in better understanding the nature of games and their role in teaching and learning mathematics.
A new card game for two players.