# Boxed In Numbers

THINKING

## Get Ready

First player's name:

Second player's name:

In this game you take it in turns to draw a line between two dots. You can do this by clicking on the space between the dots.

The objective is to complete a 'box'. The player to put the last side on a square scores the number inside that box. On completing a box, the player can then select another line.

The player with the largest sum of the numbers they have boxed is the winner.

The computer does not play the perfect strategy so you do stand a good chance of winning!

In this game you take it in turns to draw a line between two dots. You can do this by clicking on the space between the dots.

The objective is to complete a 'box'. The player to put the last side on a square scores the number inside that box. On completing a box, the player can then select another line.

The player with the largest sum of the numbers they have boxed is the winner.

The computer does not play the perfect strategy so you do stand a good chance of winning!

#### Boxed In

The classic strategy game of boxes. Play against the computer or against a friend.

The short web address is:

Transum.org/go/?to=boxed

#### Boxed In Fractions

The classic dots and boxes two-player game with the addition of some fractions which determine your score.

The short web address is:

Transum.org/go/?to=biffactions

#### Strategy Games

Strategy games that require some mental arithmetic, creativity or logic.

The short web address is:

Transum.org/go/?to=strategy

## Transum.org

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## Teachers

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