This article invites you to get familiar with a strategic game called "sprouts". The game is simple enough for younger children to understand, and has also provided experienced mathematicians with. . . .

Some puzzles requiring no knowledge of knot theory, just a careful inspection of the patterns. A glimpse of the classification of knots and a little about prime knots, crossing numbers and. . . .

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

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?

Match pairs of cards so that they have equivalent ratios.

Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?

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

Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?

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 sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one

A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.

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

Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.

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.

A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.

Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.

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 game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.

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. . . .

This is a game for 2 players. Each player has 4 counters each, and wins by blocking their opponent's counters. A good follow-on from two stones.

This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.

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

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. . . .