Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
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 new card game for two players.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
Follow-up to the February Game Rules of FEMTO.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
This is a simple version of an ancient game played all over the world. It is also called Mancala. What tactics will increase your chances of winning?
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
To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the
patterns of play are similar.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
This article shows how abstract thinking and a little number theory throw light on the scoring in the game Go.
A Sudoku with a twist.
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 Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
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.
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. 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 game for 2 players
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.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
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 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. . . .
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
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.
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.