Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?
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.
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his friend trapped in the tower.
Match the cards of the same value.
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?
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.
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.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
A collection of games on the NIM theme
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 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.
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?
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
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.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
A Sudoku with a twist.
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
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. . . .
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.
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
A game for 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit the target score.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
A game for 1 person to develop stategy and shape and space awareness. 12 counters are placed on a board. Counters are removed one at a time. The aim is to be left with only 1 counter.
A game for 2 players. Draw a daisy with at least 5 petals. Shade 1 or 2 petals next to each other. The winner shades the last petal.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
Have a go at this game which involves throwing two dice and adding their totals. Where should you place your counters to be more likely to win?
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?
In this game, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers on the dice. Which will you do so that you get to the end of the number line first?
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 game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.
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. . . .
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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. . . .
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
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?