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.

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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.

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

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. . . .

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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. . . .

All you need for this game is a pack of cards. While you play the game, think about strategies that will increase your chances of winning.

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

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 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. . . .

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 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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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 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?

A game in which players take it in turns to turn up two cards. If they can draw a triangle which satisfies both properties they win the pair of cards. And a few challenging questions to follow...

A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.

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!

This article shows how abstract thinking and a little number theory throw light on the scoring in the game Go.

This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.

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