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. 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 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.

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 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?

Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.

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. . . .

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

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...

To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the patterns of play are similar.

Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.

A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.

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 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.

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

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. . . .

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

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

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 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. . . .

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.

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

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. Given an arrangement of matchsticks, players take it is turns to remove a matchstick, along with all of the matchsticks that touch it.

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

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 Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.

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 Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.

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.

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

A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.

Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?

A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory

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 two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.

Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?

Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

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

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!