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.
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.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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 collection of games on the NIM theme
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
A game for 2 players
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.
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.
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 loser is the player who takes 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
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. . . .
Match the cards of the same value.
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.
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 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. . . .
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. . . .
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
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. 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 Sudoku with a twist.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
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 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.
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
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 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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.
Investigations based on an Indian game.
A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.
Follow-up to the February Game Rules of FEMTO.
How good are you at estimating angles?
This is an interactive net of a Rubik's cube. Twists of the 3D cube become mixes of the squares on the 2D net. Have a play and see how many scrambles you can undo!
A game to make and play based on the number line.
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?
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
Unmultiply is a game of quick estimation. You need to find two numbers that multiply together to something close to the given target - fast! 10 levels with a high scores table.
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
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.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary