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 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.

There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...

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.

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. . . .

Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?

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?

Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?

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

Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.

This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.

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

Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!

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.

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

A game that tests your understanding of remainders.

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?

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

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. 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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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 based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.

A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.

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

Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.

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

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.

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?

Why not challenge a friend to play this transformation game?

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

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...