Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
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 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 solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
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 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.
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
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.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
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?
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one
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.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
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 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.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
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
A game for 2 players
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
This article shows how abstract thinking and a little number theory throw light on the scoring in the game Go.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
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.
Investigations based on an Indian game.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
How good are you at estimating angles?
A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
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 second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Follow-up to the February Game Rules of FEMTO.
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 game to make and play based on the number line.
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
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. . . .
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...
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this