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?

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. . . .

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

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.

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.

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

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

A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?

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?

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 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.

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 explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

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.

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.

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. . . .

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

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...

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

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.

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

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. . . .

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

This game is known as Pong hau k'i in China and Ou-moul-ko-no in Korea. Find a friend to play or try the interactive version online.

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

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

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

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

A game from Italy. Play with a friend and see if you can be the first to get five pieces in a line.

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?

An ancient game for two from Egypt. You'll need twelve distinctive 'stones' each to play. You could chalk out the board on the ground - do ask permission first.

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

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

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.

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.

Try playing this game from New Zealand at the beach by drawing the board in the sand. Find an opponent and see if you can win by ending up with your shell in the centre space.

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?

You'll need to know your number properties to win a game of Statement Snap...

This Chinese game for two players is a simple version of Wei ch'i or Go. Each player has 20 distinctive pieces - try coins, pebbles, shells. You could try marking the board out in wet sand.

This game for two, was played in ancient Egypt as far back as 1400 BC. The game was taken by the Moors to Spain, where it is mentioned in 13th century manuscripts, and the Spanish name Alquerque. . . .

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

A game for two players based on a game from the Somali people of Africa. The first player to pick all the other's 'pumpkins' is the winner.

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

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

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

This game challenges you to locate hidden triangles in The White Box by firing rays and observing where the rays exit the Box.