The success of the game Minesweeper
Minesweeper is a genre of free-to-play logic puzzle video games often played on computers. The game was written by Robert Donner and Curt Johnson and created by Microsoft in the 1990s. Johnson said that the design of Microsoft Minesweeper was borrowed from another game and he did not remember which game it was. But according to Eurogamer, a British video game news website, the game is similar to Ian Andrew's Mined-Out (1983).
After the success of Minesweeper, variants of Minesweeper were created to extend the basic concepts. For example: Battleship Minesweeper, Extreme MLG Minesweeper, Pug Minesweeper. They have added new game design elements with improved randomness and more stats. However, the game Minesweeper Classic is still much interesting and loved in the gaming community.
Challenge your strangers and friends in the fastest time. The culmination of this exciting game is clearing a rectangular board of hidden mines or mines in the shortest time. Don't blow them up, with help from clues on the number of nearby mines in each field. Set the level for higher difficulty and challenge yourself! Your goal is to clear all the squares on the board that have no mines and flag all the mines. Now you can go up against strangers and even your friends to see who can beat the challenge in the fastest time!
Rules in the Minesweeper game
The rules of Minesweeper are very simple. The table is divided into cells, with three states: unopened, opened, and flagged. The player's task is to identify the safe boxes and open them. Flagged tiles are unopened tiles marked by the player to indicate the potential location of the mine. The Mines are randomly distributed, they can be in any square where you have to judge to avoid them. Don't worry, there will be rules and hints for you in the process of finding safe boxes.
Make sure the first square you open doesn't contain mines, so you can start by clicking any square. The player uses the information provided from the numbers in the opened tiles to infer the next tiles that are safe to open, iterating over and over with more information to solve the board. Each opened square is marked with the number of mines in the surrounding 8 squares, Based on that to judge the location of the square containing mines. If the square does not contain a number, all surrounding squares will automatically be opened.
To win the Minesweeper game, all non-opened cells must not contain mines. If you open the right slot containing the mine, the game is over. Difficulty can be increased by adding mines or starting with a larger grid. Microsoft Minesweeper offers three default board configurations, commonly referred to as beginner, intermediate, and expert, in order of increasing difficulty. Free the world from deadly dangerous mines with the help of your logic and observation skills! Challenge your friends to see if they can beat your score, and find out who will become the minesweeper king!
Tips and strategy
When you start playing Minesweeper, you’ll have to pick a square at random. Your first square will never be a mine, but there’s no way to know whether that square will turn up blank or numbered. However, it’s best to start in the center of the board, since if you pick a tile close to a corner it’s easier to find yourself stuck with no good moves early in the game. With that said, since you’re being timed, it’s best to just pick a square and get started. You can make better-educated choices after clicking on your first square.
Look for numbers that touch the same number of squares
When a 1 is only touching one uncleared square, that square must be a mine. This is the same for 2, 3, and so on. Of course this sounds obvious, but when you are stuck, look around the board for instances of this you may have missed! It’s very easy to work in one direction after opening up a new area of the board and forget to look in other directions.
Look for patterns
The more you play Mines Weeper the more you’ll pick up on different patterns. For example, if you have a row of numbers that go 1-2-1 and the squares on the top or bottom of this row are cleared, you know you should flag the two squares next to the two 1s, regardless of what numbers are next to the 1s on either side (even if there is an unchecked square there!). This is because there can’t be a mine next to the 2, since then there would be no other place to put the second mine. Similarly, if you have a row of numbers that similarly goes 1-2-2-1 and is clearly above or below, no matter what is on the other side of the 1s from the 2s, the mines must be next to the 2s. There are many more patterns than these to discover as you play!
Do you have to guess in order to play Mines Weeper?
Oftentimes Mines Weeper is dismissed as a game of luck. However, if players really put their mind to it, there doesn’t have to be a ton of guessing. In some versions of Mines Weeper, depending on the difficulty level, there doesn’t have to be any guessing whatsoever a lot of the time.
Our advice - think long and hard before you decide to guess. There may be one more square that you don’t have to guess on, make sure to weigh all of your options before leaping into the unknown of guessing. If you try and avoid guessing at all costs whenever you can, you’ll be surprised by how many Mine Sweeper games are winnable with minimal risk.
Is there a trick to play Mines Sweeper?
Mines Weeper is a pretty straightforward game, with not a ton of sneaky tricks to it. The main 'trick' is to just be patient and consider all of your options.
One tip that we have - if there is a square that only has one mine next to it, and it is tucked away in a corner surrounded by safe squares to the left and right, then the mine must be directly diagonal to it.