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 collection of games on the NIM theme
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.
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
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
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his
friend trapped in the tower.
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!
Match pairs of cards so that they have equivalent ratios.
Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
Match the cards of the same value.
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 players
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...
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
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
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
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 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.
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.
A Sudoku with a twist.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
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 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.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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.
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
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 be the first to complete a row of three?
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from 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.
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.
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.
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?