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.

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.

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!

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?

A game that tests your understanding of remainders.

A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.

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

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

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.

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

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

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 with clues given as sums of entries.

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

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 choose a number. Can you block your opponent?

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

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

A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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. . . .

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...

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

Why not challenge a friend to play this transformation game?

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. . . .

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.

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?

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

We think this 3x3 version of the game is often harder than the 5x5 version. Do you agree? If so, why do you think that might be?