Paper And Pencil Games For Fun
Battleship - The classic
board game played with paper and pencil.
Free Hangman Games - History, illustrated
instructions, online/downloadable/printable game versions, and links to other Hangman
Ghoulash, The Last Game On Earth - A complex
adventure game where players compete to complete various quests.
Indoor Fun & Games - Fun, simple games to kill time at a restaurant,
at the doctor's office, in the car.
How To Play Guggenheim - Word game to help improve memory, requires only
a pencil and a sheet of paper.
Lecture Games - Games
to play on paper, during a boring lecture.
Oflameron - Logic table game played on
paper with dice. Site contains the game's description, images, rules and playing
forms for download in Microsoft Word format.
Pen and Paper Games - Player registry
search tool for finding players in your own area.
Pencil and Paper Games - Instructions
and variations for Othello, Tic-Tac-Toe, Squares and Sprouts.
Psi Squad - A logic
game for three or more players, similar to the classic board Game, Mastermind.
Puzzles and Games at MZ Estate
- Offers versions of Battleship, Scattergories, and Yahtzee to print out and play,
as well as word searches and trivia quizzes.
Richard Bartle: Spellbinder
- Game where players take the role of wizards battling it out in an arena. The game's
creator, discusses the history and success of the game.
Waving Hands - Alternate
name and rules for Spellbinder. These are the free and complete rules upon which
all other variants have been based.
About.com Crossword Puzzles
- Offers reviews and information about several puzzle sites.
Australian Crossword Club Site - Offers
word lists, anagrams, and a monthly club magazine.
Beat the Champ - A scrabble-style
Brian Jacques: Redwall Crossword
Puzzles - A collection of themed crosswords based on British author Brian
Jacques's Redwall Abbey.
ClueMaster - A collection of puzzles available
to solve online or download. Fee required.
The Crossword Centre - A resource guide
with links, books, software, and a collection of interactive and downloadable puzzles.
Crossword Puzzle Games - Offers
thousands of puzzles ranging in size and difficulty. Site also offers a creator
and a solver.
Crossword Puzzles - Offers many
types of crossword puzzles, creation software, and solving tools.
Crossword Puzzles: The Complete Guide
- Offers free puzzles to solve, tips for creators, a history, and links to other
Crosswording - Randomly-generated free
puzzles to play online or print and enjoy later.
CrosswordLinks.com - A resource with
rules and helpful tips, articles, software, forums, and information about leagues,
tournaments and online play.
Crosswords, Word Puzzles and
More - Free daily puzzles available to print out and solve.
Crosswordsite - Both American and British
English styles graded from easy to hard for solving online or on paper.
Fernsmacker's PuzzlePick - Features
three different puzzles: a weekly cryptic crossword, a monthly double acrostic and
a twice weekly trivia puzzle. Subscription needed.
Guardian Unlimited Crosswords
- Paid crossword subscription site with puzzles that can be solved online or printed
Harry Potter Crossword
Puzzle - 140 themed clues that cover the first three books.
I Love Crosswords - Hundreds of downloadable
crosswords available to paid subscribers.
Know-Your-Stuff - Free knowledge-testing
word games, puzzles, and quizzes. Many specific themes to choose from. Download
pdf versions or play online.
MacNamara's Band Inc. Crossword Puzzles
- Available to download and solve using Across Lite software. Custom puzzles are
Monograph on Crosswords - An instructional
and philosophical essay by an enthusiast.
The New York Times Crosswords
& Games - The daily crossword puzzle with four ways to play, plus free
classic crosswords and trivia quizzes. Subscription required.
Peter & Penny's Crossword Puzzles
& Quizzes - Available to print and solve.
PrintCrosswords.com - Printable crosswords
and sudoku puzzles.
Puzzle Choice -
Offers online and offline versions. Includes different styles such as alpha-cross,
cryptic, and codeword.
The Puzzle Society - Paid
subscription site offering online and offline versions of daily, weekly and monthly
Puzzlers Cave - Free cryptic and themed
crosswords to print or play online. Also offers a creation tool and forums.
Puzzle.TV - Subscription-based site with new
puzzles daily. Also has word search, codebreakers and cryptograms.
Sloth2Toed Puzzle Page
- A collection of puzzles from a variety of sources. Includes standard, acrostic,
and daisy chain.
- A collection of tidbits style crosswords.
Times Online -
Offers paid subscription to weekly and monthly puzzles from The Times and The Sunday
The World's First Crossword
- Read about and solve crossword by Arthur Wynne, first published in the New York
World in 1913.
XWord - Crossword Compilers - A collection
of various styles of puzzles by Anina Roux and her team, compiled for magazines
and newspapers in South Africa.
Xwords.co.uk - Play online or print and solve.
Also offers creation tool. Registration is free.
Yahoo! Games: Crossword
- New puzzles daily, archived for two weeks. Free registration required.
Dots and Boxes
Connect Capture - A game
mixing dots and boxes with chess. Completing a box activates the enclosed chess
piece, capturing other activated chess pieces.
Dots and Boxes - Dots and Hexagons
- Reviews standard rules, and introduces the analogous game on a hexagonal board.
Dots-and-Boxes Analysis -
Analysis program and results.
Eric Weisstein's World
of Mathematics: Dots and Boxes - Entry with rules, basic strategy, and references.
Katherine Scott: Loony Dots and Boxes Endgame - Streaming-video 30-minute
talk held at MSRI during the Combinatorial Game Theory Research Workshop, July 24-28,
2000. Describes a particular type of endgame which arises frequently in practice
and can be solved in polynomial time.
Sprouts Notation - Discussion of notation for use in commentary.
Math Forum: The Game of
Sprouts - Discussion including a strategy by John Conway.
Sprouts - Brief summary of the game.
a Simple Game - Mathematical analysis by the Illinois Mathematics and Science
World Game of Sprouts Association
- Association devoted to a serious exploration of the game.
- Personal page describing Sudoku, rules, strategies, and offering puzzles to print.
Daily SuDoku - Offers daily printable
puzzles of varying difficulties, including Sudoku for Kids. Also offers archive
of past puzzles, tool for rendering custom puzzles, FAQ, and books for purchase.
Daily Sudoku - Offers a different printable
puzzle each day. Also includes solutions and FAQ.
Dan Rice's Sudoku Blog
- Weblog discussing techniques for creating and solving puzzles, including hard
puzzles. Also offers a daily puzzle.
Flying Frog Consultancy
- This web page describes a 19-line (769-byte) OCaml program that solves Sudoku
Free Sudoku Puzzles - Offers a free
Gaby Vanhegan - Daily and random puzzles
Grant Gibson - Offers syndicated
puzzles for websites as well as print publications.
The Heebie Su Doku Site - Offers a glossary of terms, links to puzzles and
variants, and tips for solving.
Hirofumi Fujiwara's Sudoku
- Offers a tutorial for creating puzzles, a Java-based solver, and links to other
Information For Beginners
- Collection of printable grids, ordered by difficulty level. Solutions provided.
Includes rules and solving methods.
Knight Features - Publishing syndicate in the UK and Ireland. Offers several
variations, including classic, colour, kids, and Sudoku Word.
Maths Is Fun - Offers a number
of applications and solvers for a variety of platforms. Also offers custom puzzles.
Minimum Sudoku -
A project collecting Sudoku with the smallest number of givens that are still uniquely
solvable. Offers the puzzle for download in text format.
Play Sudoku - Flash version of the Sudoku
game. Also offers solution.
Prize Sudoku - Offers competitions for prizes.
Traditional Sudoku, Godoku (letters) and Super Sudoku (16x16).
Puzzle Bus - Offers a daily puzzle, books,
software, and related merchandise. Also offers puzzles for syndication.
Scanraid LTD Search Technologies
- Sudoku Solver by Andrew Stuart. Shows the logic behind solving sample games square
Simple Sudoku Solver
- Information on UK-based cellular provider's world-record largest Sudoku puzzle
and accompanying contest.
Solve My Sudoku - Solves puzzles based
on inputted information.
Solving Sudoku - Step by step guide
to solving sudoku puzzles. Goes from basic to advanced techniques.
Sudoku - Provides sudoku puzzles in easy,
medium and hard levels with their solutions. Also provides facility for daily email
Sudoku - Free daily puzzle with solution. Includes
archive of past puzzles.
Sudoku - History, instructions, variants
and puzzles in four difficulty levels (PDF format). [German/French/English/Spanish/Italian]
Sudoku - Generates and
solves classic and X-Sudoku Problems. Diverse options and an integrated help facility
makes this program best of class.
Sudoku Addict - Offers printable grids
and solution walkthroughs.
Sudoku enumeration - Several
programs in different languages for analyzing possible Sudoku combinations.
Sudoku Online - Includes Sudoku tips and
strategies as well as a downloadable game and a 3D Sudoku puzzle.
Sudoku Online Solver - Free online generator,
solver, and helper. [English/French/Spanish/Polish]
Sudoku Place - Offers daily puzzle in PDF
format. Includes archive, FAQ, and a "dozen" variant.
Sudoku Puzzles - Free daily puzzles with
five difficulty levels with their solutions. Also offers guide to solve Sudoku puzzles.
Sudoku Puzzles - Offers four difficulty
levels. The puzzles can be solved online or downloaded as a PDF file. [English/German/French/Spanish/Dutch/Portuguese/Italian]
Sudoku.com - Includes an overview of how Sudoku
is solved, a monthly contest and a downloadable Sudoku game. Also includes a kids
section and discussion forums.
SuDoKu-Cracker - Only creates puzzles
with a "unique solution". The built-in generator has six different levels
of difficulty and can generate many (millions) different puzzles. All puzzles can
be printed, exported, saved and opened again.
SuDokuMate - SuDokuMate is
a SuDoku Helper (not a Solver) that replaces pencil and paper to aid solving.
Sudoku-san - Free daily puzzles with four
difficulty levels. Also offers a solving assistant and downloadable e-book collections
SudokusWeb.com - Free daily printable Sudokus.
Also offers history, rules, and solving techniques. [English/Spanish/French/Catalan/German/Portuguese]
Sudoweb - Free daily puzzles with five difficulty
levels. Also offers printable e-book.
The Times Sudoku - Daily sudoku and killer sudoku puzzles from The Times
Universal Press Syndicate
- Offers monochrome and color grids and variations for online and print syndication.
Information on syndication as well as an interview with creator David Bodycombe.
Vegard Hanssen's page - Offers
a database of crafted puzzles, organized by difficulty. Also offers FAQ and forum.
Wikipedia: Sudoku - An encyclopedia
entry describing the rules, history, strategies and variants of Sudoku. Notes that
these are a type of "latin square" which have been analyzed since ancient
World Sudoku Championship - Information on
the 2006 World Sudoku Championship held in Italy. Includes background information,
events, results and FAQ. [English, Italian]
9x9, 6x6 and Samurai Sudoku - Offers
classic Sudoku and variants, as well as an online solver.
puzzle to any site. [English/Spanish]
My Days Are Numbered - An article
by Seth Stevenson offering a brief overview of Sudoku. (May 31, 2005)
Do you sudoku? - Article on the puzzle's popularity in the United Kingdom
and elsewhere. (May 19, 2005)
So you thought Sudoku came from the Land of the Rising Sun... - Article
by David Smith covering the puzzle's origins as "Number Place" by
Dell Puzzle Magazine in New York in the 1970s. (May 15, 2005)
Sudoku fever grips UK newspaper readers - By Stephen Brook. Article covers
how the UK craze got started. (May 10, 2005)
BBC News: The puzzling popularity
of Su Doku - Article by Paula Dear. Covers history in Japan and the UK and
compares to the Rubik's cube craze of the 80s. (April 22, 2005)
Guy Fawkes's Analysis of Boolean Tic-Tac-Toe - Analysis of variant that
The History of Noughts
and Crosses - Article on the game's history.
Math Lair - Tic-Tac-Toe
- Game variations, looking from the mathematical side
Paper Games Plaza: Tic Tac Toe - Instructions for game play.
Tic Tac Toe In Brief - Rules, variations,
strategy, theory and practice. Includes an online version of the game.
Tic Tac Toe Strategy
Solutions - Details a step-by-step process that allows the first player
to win or draw, but never lose.
Tic Tac Toe Top Secret - Description
of a strategy against a member of the group that allows one to win or to draw.
Tic-Tac-Toe Strategy -
Features explanations and the opportunity to put the advice into practice.