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.

Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?

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.

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

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

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

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.

Match pairs of cards so that they have equivalent ratios.

Match the cards of the same value.

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!

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

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?

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

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.

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 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.

A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?

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

A game that tests your understanding of remainders.

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

Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?

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

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

Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?

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?

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?

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.

Many natural systems appear to be in equilibrium until suddenly a critical point is reached, setting up a mudslide or an avalanche or an earthquake. In this project, students will use a simple. . . .

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.

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.

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. . . .

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

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.

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

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

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.

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