Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.

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

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.

Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

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.

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

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

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 article supplies teachers with information that may be useful in better understanding the nature of games and their role in teaching and learning mathematics.

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

This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.

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

A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.

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

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.

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. . . .

A game to make and play based on the number line.

Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.

Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.

Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!

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

Add or subtract the two numbers on the spinners and try to complete a row of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?

An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.

Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?

Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.

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

Have a go at this game which has been inspired by the Big Internet Math-Off 2019. Can you gain more columns of lily pads than your opponent?

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.

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.

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

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?

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.

There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...

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.

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

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 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 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. . . .

Match pairs of cards so that they have equivalent ratios.

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

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