Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
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.
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.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
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?
This article shows how abstract thinking and a little number theory throw light on the scoring in the game Go.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
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.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
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.
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 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 game for 2 players
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.
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
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.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one
A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
This is a game for two players. You will need some small-square
grid paper, a die and two felt-tip pens or highlighters. Players
take turns to roll the die, then move that number of squares in. . . .
Follow-up to the February Game Rules of FEMTO.
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Match pairs of cards so that they have equivalent ratios.
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.
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 Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
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.
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 to make and play based on the number line.
Why not challenge a friend to play this transformation game?
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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 Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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. . . .
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?
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
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.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
This article supplies teachers with information that may be useful in better understanding the nature of games and their role in teaching and learning mathematics.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?