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 players with similarities 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.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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 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.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
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 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.
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
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 discover whether this is a fair game?
A Sudoku with a twist.
A collection of games on the NIM theme
To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the patterns of play are similar.
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?
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 Sudoku with a twist.
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 Sudoku with clues as ratios.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?
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 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. . . .
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.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.
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.
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. Given an arrangement of matchsticks, players take it is turns to remove a matchstick, along with all of the matchsticks that touch it.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
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 Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
You'll need to know your number properties to win a game of Statement Snap...
Investigations based on an Indian game.
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.
How good are you at estimating angles?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
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.