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 game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the
patterns of play are similar.
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 simple version of an ancient game played all over the world. It is also called Mancala. What tactics will increase your chances of winning?
This is an interactive net of a Rubik's cube. Twists of the 3D cube become mixes of the squares on the 2D net. Have a play and see how many scrambles you can undo!
A game for 2 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.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Match pairs of cards so that they have equivalent ratios.
A Sudoku with a twist.
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. . . .
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 the cards of the same value.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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 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.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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.
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.
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 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. . . .
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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?
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
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.
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 that tests your understanding of remainders.
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
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?
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...
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. 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 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.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
This article shows how abstract thinking and a little number theory throw light on the scoring in the game Go.
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
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.