A game for 2 players
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.
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.
To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the patterns of play are similar.
A collection of games on the NIM theme
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 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.
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. . . .
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.
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.
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 discover whether this is a fair game?
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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. 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.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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 explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
This game challenges you to locate hidden triangles in The White Box by firing rays and observing where the rays exit the Box.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
A Sudoku with a twist.
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. . . .
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.
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. . . .
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.
Match pairs of cards so that they have equivalent ratios.
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
A Sudoku with a twist.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
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. . . .
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory
How good are you at estimating angles?
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his friend trapped in the tower.
Investigations based on an Indian game.
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?
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.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?