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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.

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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?

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

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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.

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Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.

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Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.

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

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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?

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

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Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?

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Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?

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

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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?

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Can you find the pairs that represent the same amount of money?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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

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. . . .

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Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.

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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.

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

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

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Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?

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.

This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.

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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...

Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.