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

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.

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.

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 game for 2 players. Set out 16 counters in rows of 1,3,5 and 7. Players take turns to remove any number of counters from a row. The player left with the last counter looses.

Match pairs of cards so that they have equivalent ratios.

Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?

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 loser is the player who takes the last counter.

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.

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

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

An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.

Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?

Some puzzles requiring no knowledge of knot theory, just a careful inspection of the patterns. A glimpse of the classification of knots and a little about prime knots, crossing numbers and. . . .

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.

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!

This article invites you to get familiar with a strategic game called "sprouts". The game is simple enough for younger children to understand, and has also provided experienced mathematicians with. . . .

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

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

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

A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

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

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.

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.

This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.

A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory

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. . . .