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

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

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 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.

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.

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

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 Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.

A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.

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

A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.

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?

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?

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...

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

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.

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...

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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. . . .

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.

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

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?

Why not challenge a friend to play this transformation game?

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?