Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
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.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.
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 sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for
the price of one
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.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
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 Sudoku with a twist.
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
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.
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.
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 game for 2 players
A game in which players take it in turns to try to draw
quadrilaterals (or triangles) with particular properties. Is it
possible to fill the game grid?
A game for 2 players. Given an arrangement of matchsticks, players
take it is turns to remove a matchstick, along with all of the
matchsticks that touch it.
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 Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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
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.
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.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
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
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
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. . . .
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you
know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Match the cards of the same value.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
Match pairs of cards so that they have equivalent ratios.
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
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.
This article shows how abstract thinking and a little number theory throw light on the scoring in the game Go.
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?