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

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?

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.

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.

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. . . .

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.

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

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?

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?

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.

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...

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

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

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. . . .

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.

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

Can you match pairs of fractions, decimals and percentages, and beat your previous scores?

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.