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.

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!

Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.

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

To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the patterns of play are similar.

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.

A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

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.

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 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.

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.

Match pairs of cards so that they have equivalent ratios.

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.

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?

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

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.

Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?

A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.

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

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 off again?

This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one

Why not challenge a friend to play this transformation game?

A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.

Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?

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.

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.

This article shows how abstract thinking and a little number theory throw light on the scoring in the game Go.

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.

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.

This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.

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.

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

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.

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

Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?

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...