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      23.06.2014 21:57
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      May require patience!

      My PC came with Minesweeper already on it. It is a quick and simple game, but it requires some thought. You can play the game with a small, medium or large board. I usually play the small board, which is 9 squares by 9 squares (I know my maths. Haha). All of the squares are covered and your aim is to uncover all of the squares on the board apart from the 10 mines. You do this by first selecting a random square to uncover. If there is one or more mine in a square next to it in any direction including diagonally then a number will show in the uncovered square. If the number is one it means that one square next to it has a mine in it, if the number is two it means that two squares next to that square have mines in them and so on. If the square revealed is blank then it means the square next to it does not have a mine in it, but hitting a blank square will also show you any connected blank squares and usually a few numbers as well and you can often work out which squares do not have mines in them by using the numbers and eliminating squares. If there is a whole corner of the game untouched you may have to make some guesses. If you hit a mine then the game is over and all of the mines are shown so that you know where they were. There is a smiley face encouraging you through the game at the top of the screen and if you hit a mine it turns to a sad face or if you manage to complete the game, uncovering all of the squares that do not have mines in them then the smiley face appears with some sunglasses on and all of the uncovered squares where mines were turn to little red flags. I have won the smaller version of the game many times and I enjoy the challenge of it. I don''t think I have ever won the medium sized board and I definitely haven''t won the large sized board before. I think that would take a bit more dedication. Sometimes it won''t be possible to work out which square the mine is in with the information you have and it''s nerve-wracking making guesses the closer you get to uncovering all of the non-mine squares. The game does always take me a while to complete as there is some thought involved. The eliminating of squares which do not have a mine in reminds me of playing Sudoku. I''ve often started playing the medium sized board and had too little patience and instead of working out where the mines are I have just taken a guess so that I didn''t have to spend as much time working it out, but this isn''t always successful and I have always hit a mine in the end. I liked to play this when I was younger as well. I think the medium and larger boards are better for people who have a bit more patience. The large board is 30 squares across by 16 squares down and there are more mines in it so I think that board is only for people who are amazing or people who are willing to spend a lot of time trying to convince other people that they''re amazing! It is a really fun game and I think it gets quite addictive.

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      10.10.2012 13:45
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      Good game

      I think we've all heard of the game minesweeper, it comes free, ready loaded on most Windows computers so a lot of us have access to the game. I dread to think how much time I've spent playing this game when I'm bored or to pass 5 minutes.

      The lay out of the game is simple. There are three different difficulties, easy, medium or hard. Each of these difficulties has a different size game board easy being small, medium being medium and hard being large. Each of these boards has multiple little squares, underneath each of these squares is one of three things, either a mine, a number or a blank space. Underneath the grid of squares is a timer and a counter that shows how many mines you have found so far.

      The aim of minesweeper is to figure out where each individual mine lies, you have to do this without actually clicking on the mine otherwise it will set the mine off and you will lose the game. To figure out where each mine is you have to use the numbers you uncover to count out where each mine will be. If you click on a square and it shows the number 2 for example, the number 2 indicates that there are 2 mines in any of the squares adjacent to that number square, once you have found a few numbers and use the process of elimination you will work out where a mine is and to mark that square as a mine you simple right click on the square and it will flag it. Once you have flagged a mine, the counter beneath the grid will decrease by a number. If you click on a square and it's blank it reveal a bigger area of space that doesn't contain any mines, the outskirts of this area will be numbered to show you where the nearest mines are.

      This game is incredibly addictive and I often find myself playing it when I shouldn't be. The easy level is a perfect starting point for beginners as it is pretty easy, it's a great way to learn how to play and you will soon be picking up some of the patterns of numbers even if you are the most novice player. I personally don't play the easy level as I can complete it in seconds usually. The intermediate is the level I prefer to play as it is easily achievable for more experienced players and doesn't get frustrating like the hardest level. After a bit of experience the number sequences do it very easy to work out and if you uncover say a 2-3-3-2 line of numbered squares you instantly know where each of those mines are.

      This game is a great way to waste 5 or 10 minutes of your time but beware, 5 or 10 minutes can soon turn into half an hour before you know it. Once you get going and are a couple of squares away from completing a level but accidently click on a mine you just HAVE to start again whether you have other things to be doing or not!

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        28.09.2012 07:09
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        A nice little game that every computer should have

        I definitely do spend too much time on my laptop. Considering that I work for more than eight hours a day translating on a computer, I really shouldn't be coming home and staring at another screen, yet that's what I do. Of course I do other things as well, but since my main hobbies revolve around eating and drinking, there are worse things than watching programmes and sitting around on Dooyoo and Ciao. While I didn't have internet for a short while I found myself playing quite a few games on my computer as well, as I didn't even have any books to keep me entertained. One of these games is one that I remember my dad used to play on our first computer but I could never quite get the hang of: minesweeper.

        == Minesweeper==

        Minesweeper is a simple game that, like Solitaire, has been found as a little game on all computers I've ever seen. The premise is quite simple - find out the location of mines in a grid without clicking on them and blowing them up. Each square in the grid that doesn't contain a mine tells you how many mines it borders when you click on it, helping you to work out the locations of the mines. Once you've worked out where a mine is, you can mark it with a flag to stop yourself clicking on it and blowing everything up (and therefore having to start again). It's not an obvious game and does require quite a bit of thought and concentration, and it is surprisingly easy to make a silly mistake and lose without much thought.

        == What I Thought ==

        Like most games of its ilk, Minesweeper is enjoyable but not mind blowing. It's good for a bit of a puzzle and in that way it's good for keeping your brain working, rather like Sudoku. I enjoy playing it occasionally, but mainly while I'm watching something or just want something to pass the time when I'm bored. Considering it comes free on all PCs and Macs though, I can't really complain.

        == Conclusion ==

        This is a good little game that offers your brain a bit of a challenge without being overly difficult. As far as free games go, it's a good one, and I would say that it's more entertaining than Solitaire. If I had to pay for it, I doubt I'd pay more than a pound for it, but as far as free things go it's not bad at all. The only negative thing I would say about it is that, as you right click to plant flags and left click to click on places you don't think have mines, it is quite easy to make a mistake and click the wrong button on a laptop. This isn't a massive problem and could be rectified by using a mouse or simply paying more attention, but I thought it was worth mentioning anyway.

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          14.11.2011 20:27
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          Good puzzle game

          We've probably nearly all attempted a minesweeper game in our time. It is one of the standard games that is usually loaded onto your PC when you get it - along with the other favourite, solitaire. It is a simple game yet highly addictive and, sometimes, incredibly frustrating!

          The idea of the game is that you are given a board size (easy = small, middle = medium and hard = large), this is divided up into several small squares of equal size (therefore the hard board has alot more such squares than the easy board). Under each square is either a mine (which you must avoid as this will blow up when uncovered and end your game) or a clue as to where the mines are located. This 'clue' consists of a number which is the number of mines that are located in the squares directly adjacent. From this you must work out where the mines are located and click on the squares that are clear (by your calculations!). When you click on some squares, if you are lucky, a mass of sqaures will be revealed - making your task a little simpler! All control for this game is via the mouse - moving to the selected squares and clicking to select them.

          The idea of the game is simple and it is really easy to play. It does not take long to get the hang of the game, even for real novices and techno-phobes. For such a simple game, it is highly addictive and I find the hard board very challenging. I have whiled away many an hour hoping to crack the board and ended up pulling my hair out as I accidently uncover mines in the last few moves left of the board. It can also be frustrating when you are not able to work anything definite out from the clues and must take a guess - ruining all your hard work so far.

          The game is suitable for anyone that enjoys a good puzzle game and a bit of a brain workout. It is not for those amongst us that are easily frustrated, have little patience or get bored with very simple games.

          The thing I like about this game is that you never forget how to play and you can pick it up here and there to while away a few minutes. The hard board is also a real challenge and it is not one of those games that once you get the hang of, you will complete more often than not. The boards change everytime and you are never likely to play the same board (or even know if you have!). A simple and addictive puzzle game.

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            02.09.2010 19:43
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            my favourite of the windows games

            Minesweeper is a free game that comes pre-installed when you buy a laptop of PC from Microsoft. The game was updated for the release of windows vista and remained the same for Windows 7.

            The aim of the game is the clear the grid of all the mines, if you click on a mine it is game over. The do this you first have to click randomly on the grid, and will reveal a number or numbers, unless you are unlucky and reveal a mine. This number represents how many mines are next to it of the 8 surrounding squares. You have to use this numbers and the ones around to figure out where the mines are.
            You can't figure out where the mine is from just one square so you will have to click around until you get lucky and reveal a block of several squares at once to be able to figure out where they are.
            You left click the reveal what is behind a square, and if you think there is a mine behind the square you can right click to put a flag up in that space. Once you have revealed all the square that don't have a mine the game is over. You don't have to put the flag up where mines are to win, and can leave them blank, but it helps to make sure you don't click on it by accident.

            There are 3 level of difficult; easy, intermediate and expert. the harder the difficult the larger the grid and the high the number of mines, in easy there are 10 mines in a 9 * 9 square grid, intermediate had 40 mines and a 16 * 16 square grid, and expert has 99 mines on a 16 * 32 square grid. You can also create a custom grid with you choice of grid size and number on mines.
            For each level of difficulty the statistics of games won and games lost are shown, and these can be cleared whenever you want, which I like to do regularly as I like to keep a 100% score.

            The appearance can be changed slightly, with the option of having either a blue or green back ground. Also you can change it by switching from mines to a flower garden, where you have to avoid flowers rather than mines.

            The game itself may prove challenging for many people, with a lot of people I know finding it hard, however once you learn how to play it and the best ways to spot mines it becomes easier. It tests your basic maths skills and is a good way to keep the brain active, also it is a lot of fun if you enjoy puzzle games that use numbers.

            With it being a simple game the graphics are also simple, but the improvement made in vista makes it looks a lot more modern and nice to look at, and is more than you could ask for, for such a game.

            The only problem with this game is that it isn't always possible to win every game through logic alone. Sometimes you get in spots where there is a choice of 2 square (1 mine, 1 number) and the odds of it being a mine are 50/50 so you can lose a game without actually doing anything wrong. Also at the start with a black slate it is really random guesses until you reveal enough to make a logical move, and so you may reveal a mine. Although if this happens you can just start again, if you like to keep an immaculate record, then it can become a bit annoying.

            Overall minesweeper is a great puzzle game that comes free on windows. It tests your brain but is also a lot of fun, and different difficulties to suit the player. Don't give up to easily on it, and give it ago, you'll soon get the hang of it. Great free game.

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              30.11.2009 21:01
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              Good for the occasional play at work

              Built into successive versions of Windows for many years now, Minesweeper is a simplistic desktop game that is either a bitter observation on the dangers facing coalition soldiers in Afghanistan or a simple, piece of lightweight office escapism, depending upon your point of view.

              Put simply, the game requires you to click on tiles in an effort to locate all the 'mines' hidden beneath the surface, with tiles next to mines indicating a number that signifies how many mines are located in the adjacent squares, whilst mine locations must be marked out with flags. The game is won when the player has identified all the mines without stepping on one.

              Essentially then the game is a Battleships-style mix of guesswork and cautious exploration and mapping, and whilst there isnt a great deal of skill involved the game is mildly diverting and strangely moreish, like popping bubblewrap, and can help combat the soul-crushing monotony of office life if only briefly, along with that other old standard, solitaire. There are numerous different maps on offer, some much larger and therefore more taxing thatn others, and there is an element of pure chance involved, although tis a game that requires a reasonable level of skill and patience as well. A strangely addictive program that can be oddly gratifying and relaxing.

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                20.09.2009 18:18
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                Minesweeper is a computer game first made popular through it's release to the Windows 3.1 operating system in 1992. Since it's initial release to the Windows platform, it has been included in every major system distribution and has become a staple to the Windows game bundle. I was not able to immediately find an age rating but it's likely that this game would be found suitable for all games.

                Admittedly, I did not understand the concept of this game for a very long time. Upon loading the game by locating the "Games" folder, which is generally found in the "Start" menu and Program Files, the player is met with a large grey grid with actionable boxes. A vast amount of these boxes will contain mines which are to be avoided. The player will click the boxes using the left mouse button and attempt to uncover a series of numbers, and it is these numbers which will guide the player to the aforementioned mines. It is said that a certain number will indicate the number of mines in adjacent spaces. So, in theory, a space which contains "1" ought to have a mine one space away from it. I find that this isn't always the case. After locating a suspected mine it can be "flagged" by right clicking the square, and winning the game requires the player to flag a set number of mines while uncovering all safe squares. Location of mines seems to be a combination of logic and luck. While a square may indicate "1" there is still a chance that a player could uncover another "1" in a neighbouring square. It has certainly confused me for the longest time and, even after all of the years I have been exposed to the video game, I still have yet to successfully complete a round.

                As the video game comes pre-installed with the Windows operating system, the system requirements to run it are identical to those required to run a certain version of Windows. These requirements can be discovered through reading system documentation. For those interested, I found that Minesweeper requires 2,420 K of memory when running as an active process in Windows XP Home Edition. This is a very low number and should not put any strain on even the most basic of hardware configurations. Effectively, if you are able to read this review now then you are set to run Minesweeper.

                The graphics are both humble and modest. After loading the game, the player will initially see a small 9x9 grey grid. This grid shows two red LCD style counters and a yellow smiley face directly above it. As players uncover squares they will either show coloured numbers or black mines which are shaped oddly like the head of a studded mace. The yellow smiley face will also change expression as the player progresses through the game, ranging from a surprised look when clicking on an available square to a frown face after uncovering a mine. I'm also told that a sunglasses emote will appear after winning. The red LCD counters serve two distinct purposes. The counter to the right is a timer which ascends in value until the player successfully completes the game or reveals a mine. The counter to the left shows the number of flags available for use and will descend as the player uses up his or her flags. It's also interesting to note that the visual design of the game has hardly changed since it's initial release in 1992; players familiar with the Windows 3.1 version would be able to find themselves comfortable in Windows XP and earlier titles.

                Overall, Minesweeper has proved to be an incredible success for the Windows games bundle due to its inclusion in so many releases over the years. It is generally a user friendly program but I have experienced a strong learning curve spanning 17 years! The game does include a help file which is accessible by pressing F1 but I did not find it to be overly useful. Maybe one day I'll learn my way around the game, but today does not seem to be the day. I think I'll stick with Solitaire for the time being.

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                  18.07.2009 14:17
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                  Worth a try if you haven't already.

                  Minesweeper is a 2D strategy game in which a grid is displayed, the aim being to unconver the entire board, without accidentally clicking on a "mine" which will end the game.

                  Clicking a square will reveal a number underneath, 1-4. The number denotes the amount of mines that immediately surround the square, above, below, left right and diagonals. (See accompanying image.)

                  If the player successfully manages to complete the game, (i.e uncovering all the squares without clicking any mines,) the positions of the mines will be revealed as red flags, and the reset button (a face) will reward you with a cheeky grin.

                  The game's difficulty is very customizable, you can directly change the number of mines and grid size, and even save your difficulty level as 'custom.' However it can never really impossible to lose, because, as is the case with most strategy games, there is a real element of chance.

                  Colour can be edited, as well as some basic sound. A scoreboard is available to show who attained which amount of points on which difficulty level.

                  It comes free with all versions of Microsoft Windows and can be accessed in the start bar under 'Games.'

                  Despite being a very basic game, with graphics that are not very stimulating, it has been a favourite of bored PC users for over a decade now, and I think removing it from the system would probably cause some protest.

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                    16.07.2008 02:54
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                    Great game

                    Minesweeper is the classic game that is part of all modern windows systems. It is amazing how frustrating and addicting such a simple concept can be and this is one of many properties that has made it a massive hit.

                    ~~ Location ~~

                    On all windows systems (I'm presuming you have an update that is at least as modern as Windows 98) you go through the start menu: accessories: games: minesweeper. Alternatively for windows vista, it is simply start then games menu, but it's the same principle.

                    ~~ The Game ~~

                    The objective of the game is to fill in every square of the grid. The tricky part is that their are a set number of square which contain mines and if you click on them then BOOM: the game ends.
                    In order to see where mines are located you have to use the system of numbers. If you were to click on a square with a number 1 written on it, then there is 1 mine within the squares immediately surrounding it (diagonals do count also.) If the number is a 2, then there are 2 mines etc. If a square shows up blank, or a whole series of blanks, this means that there is an empty zone and there are no mines adjacent to those squares.

                    ~~ More Detailed Rules ~~

                    The game is always timed so the faster you complete a level the better your hi-score will be. It adds an extra challenge to a person trying to beat their own hi-score, especially on easy and intermediate levels which can get a bit boring to more advanced players.
                    It is also worth mentioning that to save time a "double-click" feature was added. If all the mines for a number have been accounted for, by double clicking the number it fills in all otehr squares connected to that number which by your reckoning be other numbers or blanks. It makes it a lot quicker, easier and far less tedious to use.

                    ~~ Controls ~~

                    Controls are kept at their simplest to match the games simplicity, if you think a square is blank just left click it, if you wish to mark a mine then right click it. I mentioned the double-click system before which is a double left click.

                    ~~ Game Options ~~

                    One of the truly great features about the game is the amount you can customize it. Firstly you have the standard choice to select your difficulty level: an incredibly easy mode, an intermediate mode suitable for time-attacking and an advanced mode which is more of a challenge. As well as this you have the choice to make a custom grid where you choose how many squares there are as well as how many mines should be included.

                    Secondly, you have the option of sound control (as especially in XP and Vista the mines are loud if you click on one.) Along with this you have the option to be able to insert a question mark onto a square if you are unsure on it. This can be done by double right clicking the square.

                    For 98 and XP, you have the option to make the grid go black and white for a 1950's television look, however I hated this view so I never used it. In Vista you have the option to change the background colour to eitehr blue or green and to play minesweeper (hunting mines) or for the inner-hippy in you flower garden (don't click the daisies... they're deadly.)

                    ~~ Opinion ~~

                    Due to the fact it is so simple to use and get into, it makes for the factor that you can just pick it up whenever you want without fuss. In this case it also fits a common stereotype: simple gameplay = addicitive gameplay. You will get a small break then hit a mine, and you will just want to play again. You have no idea how long you spend playing this game and how easily time passes by, especially if you're not looking at the clock in the bottom right hand corner.

                    There is a small disadvantage in the fact that when you minimise the window the clock doesn't stop, therefore when you are playing in advanced mode with a bigger grid, it takes longer to complete and so sometimes you do need past 5 minutes to play one game fully, which can be a pain, especially if you are using MSN or another active thing at the same time. However this is only a minor setback to a great game. Another tiny issue is that luck sometimes plays a cruel part, especially if you have two squares left and it is purely luck which decides which has a mine in it, and although this is hard to avoid can lead to very hard luck.

                    ~~ Miscellaneous ~~

                    Did anyone else notice that in the windows vista version they removed the small smiley face at the top? It was basically a face that looked in suspense whenever you clicked a square and was happy when you won and sad when you lost. It was somewhat amusing, but no great loss.

                    ~~ Summary ~~

                    Due to it's simple concept and majorly addicting gameplay I have to give it a 5* rating.

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                      Great free game to play on your PC

                      The secret to great things is usually to keep things simple and to be honest you can't get a much more simple game on the computer than minesweeper. Minesweeper is one of those games that once you start playing it you just can't seem to pull yourself away from the screen.

                      How do I get this wonderful game then?
                      Well the good news is that minesweeper is found on just about every computer and comes with the software your computer is running such as windows and is totally free.

                      How do you play?
                      The game consists of a grid of squares, under which a certain number of mines are hidden under a certain number of squares. The idea of the game is to locate all the mines in the grid without blowing any of them up. You do this by clicking on a square and one of three things will happen

                      1. A number will from 1 - 9 will appear in the square
                      2. An empty square will appear with no number in it

                      3. You uncover a mine and you get blown up ..... GAME OVER!

                      Now the numbers in the squares are the key to the game. If you uncover a square with the number 1 in it then it means that one of the uncovered squares surrounding it contains a mine. You must locate this mine using stealth...... or even simple problem solving. So the numbers in the square tell you how many mines are surrounding that square. Once you think you have located a mine you simply right click the square and a flag appears over it and this stops you from clicking on it accidently.

                      Like I said it's pretty simple really.

                      Now the came comes with three set difficulties

                      Easy - this consists of a 9x9 grid and you have to find 10 mines

                      Intermediate - this consists of a 16x16 grid and you have to find 40 mines

                      Expert - this consists of a 16x30 grid and you have to find 99 mines.

                      The game also has the option of creating your own grid with its own dimensions with the biggest grid possible being 30x30 and the maximum number of mines being 667!

                      As well has the custom option the game come with sound and best time functions. The sound is annoying because the clock ticks every second and is very distracting. The best times is always good to have a look at though.

                      These are my best times

                      Easy - 17 seconds

                      Intermediate - 61 seconds

                      Expert - 284 seconds

                      So come on everyone lets see what you can get!!!!!

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                        Minesweeper, surely the beautiful game of the computer. It combines, lateral thinking, quick reflexes, a steady hand and a cool demeanour. Every bareably decent computer these days should have minesweeper already loaded on it along with freecell, solitaire and hearts. You can find minesweeper in the start menu. You then go to programs, accessories, games and then there it is, the beautiful game. Once you are in minesweeper, you will see a screen with 8x8 squares in it. To start just begin clicking away. At the top of the screen you will see the tabs, game and help. The game tab will allow you to begin a new game, change level, see your best times, change the colour or hit the mark? button, not really sure what that means though. The help tab is rather self explanatory. Now, let's cut the small talk, let's get down to business!! THE GAME When you first open minesweeper up it will be on the beginner level. This level has 64 squares and 10 mines. The whole object of the game is to complete the level by finding all the squares with no mines on them. You use the left mouse button to click a square. If you are lucky enough to not hit a mine then you will be faced with a number or a block with numbers on the outside. These numbers are important, so listen up. If the number is a 1, then there is one mine beside that square, either horizantally, vertically or diagonally beside it. Once you find out the first few squares, the lateral thinking comes into play. Because the initial part of the game is complete and utter luck. After that you have to advance out into the rest of the screen by working out which squares are mines and which aren't. To help you in this you can right click the mouse and put a flag on the square to show that you think it's a mine. If you right click twice then you can highlight squares which you're not sure about by putting a question mark on them. Once you've mastered the te
                        chnique you'll be ready to move up to intermediate and expert levels. The three levels arecompletely different in every way. Apart from having a different amount of squares i personally employ different strategies. For the beginner level i like to flick round the corners and the top and bottom, in order to get as large a portion of the grid to pop up. This saves time but as you can imagine it doesn't always work. At the start there is a 15% chance of hitting a mine. My best time is 7 seconds. For the intermediate level i like to click round the corners, top and bottom and sides agin trying to uncover as much aspossible as quickly as possible. There is also a 15% chance of hitting a mine at the start in this level aswell. My best time is 43 seconds. The expert level is a level which requires absolute skill and speed of thought. There are 480 squares of which 99 are mines. This time there is a 20% chance of hitting a mine at the start. Once again i click around at the start trying to get a large chunk, then i work from there. However you can't be as greedy with this grid. You have to work most of it out and it'a very difficult. Despiteme playing for ages now i've only done this grid a few times and my best time is 164, and that was after staying up until 4 in the morning!!!! That shows the addictiveness of the game. It's also very frustrating. When you get down to the very last few squares you can get to a point where you cannot work out which square is amine and which isn't. Then, it'sa pure guess and of course most of the time i lose from that position!!! I see minesweeper as a combination of C&C (strategy) and doom (coolness under pressure). Minesweeper costs nothing, well you do need a pc but hey, it will give you hours of fun, but also sleepless nights. I also reccomend getting a group of people to have a wee competition as it adds a bit of competitiveness.
                        If you're a more mature minsweeperer then why not try the game without colour by hitting the colour tab in file, very difficult. Also there is a custom option where you can make up your won grid. The best thing about this is you can see a numeber 8, which i have to report is black for those who haven't seen it. Minesweeper is the beautiful game. Why not give it a go. By the way did i mention you need steady hands cos of you get near the end of an expert game and click the wrong mine by accident, i tells you, most annoying thing i've ever done

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                          29.04.2002 15:06
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                          When he smiles I'm happy and when he frowns I'm blue. When he puts his sunglasses on, I know my game is through. Almost every computer comes equipped with the game of minesweeper but how many of us have played it? I have and unfortunately I have found it really quite addictive. THE GAME You are given a grid consisting of numerous grey squares, a timer and a bomb counter. Between the counters is a little yellow smiley face. Hidden within the grid are a number of bombs, which you must find as fast as possible. You use the left click of the mouse to reveal a square, under the square there will be a number telling you how many of the adjacent squares contain bombs, or if you are unlucky there will actually be a bomb and your computer and desk will spontaneously combust. You use the right click of the mouse to mark a square with a flag, where you believe there to be a bomb. You must all your skills of logic and arithmetic to decide where the bombs, working this out by the numbers revealed. Each time you click on a square the little smiley face looks worried but smiles once more if you are successful. If you lose the game he looks very sad and so will you but if you find all the bombs he will suddenly smile broadly and wear a pair of sunglasses, obviously basking in your emanating glory. THE LEVELS The first level is a grid of only 8 spaces square with only 10 bombs hidden. My best time on this level is 9 seconds but this is only after many months of practice! A beginner could expect to spend more like 30 seconds on it. The second level is a grid of double the size (16 spaces square) with 40 bombs lurking within. My top score on this level is 47 seconds (you may not find this information helpful, but I will tell you anyway because I like to blow my own trumpet once in a while - well, someone's got to do it!). The highest level is an enormous rather imposin
                          g grid made up of 30 spaces by 16 with 99 bombs ready and waiting to blow you to smithereens! Top score for those who are interested (and for those who aren't) 150 seconds. Once you have become proficient at the game and got your times as low as possible on the leader board you will begin to tire of minesweeper. However, do not consign it to the trash bin of your computer as there is another rather intriguing level - a custom made grid. You can choose the size of your grid and how many bombs it contains. Unfortunately, for the adventurous amongst you, it will only allow you to choose a maximum size grid of 30 spaces by 24 and a maximum number of bombs of 667 (interestingly you will note that this is one more than the sign of Satan himself - coincidence? I think not). However, being quite this competitive is not recommended as you will note that most of the squares contain bombs and there are very few safe spots (go on - you do the maths!). REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURY I ought to finish with a warning that the game is extremely addictive, which can be injurious to the health. However, as they say, every cloud has a silver lining, so start building your case against Microsoft for causing you repetitive strain injury; your damages could be considerable. Bill Gates will rue the day he included minesweeper on his computers. It is generally thought by all, expect some fanatical H G Wells enthusiasts, that time travel is impossible. However, this is not the case as minesweeper will prove. If you sit down for 'just one game', the next time you look at your watch you will find that 2 hours have elapsed. Spooky!

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                            05.09.2001 03:18
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                            Minesweeper is a game bundled with windows and the basic principle is that you are met with a board of covered squares. Your aim is to uncover all the squares that don't cover a mine by clicking on them and not uncover the ones that do. There are four levels of difficulty; easy, intermediate, exoert and custom. In easy the board under consideration is an eight by eight board with 10 mines under it. In intermediate the board is sixteen by sixteen with forty mines under it and expert is thirty by sixteen with ninety nine mines underneath it. In custom the board is up to 24 by 30 with a maximum of ninety nine mines. To reset the game you can press the yellow smiley face at the top of the middle. To avoid making unfortunate mistakes you can right click squares of suspect nature to label them either question mark or a flag, signifying respectively suspect or definite mine beneath. This game is not so simple that it is chance. When you uncover a square it shows how many mines are in the eight squares in contact with it by giving a number. No numbers means no mines in the surround. Also clicking on certain squares will uncover a large group of non mine covering squares making it easier to solve the puzzle. Another addictive little windows number that should be given a spin.

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                              20.07.2001 04:26
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                              Minesweeper - a timeless classic or a piece of worthless trash that comes with Windows? They say Solitaire is the most popular game on the PC, simply due to the fact that it comes with Windows, so I'm guessing Minesweeper isn't all that far behind. It certainly is a fairly simple game, and I doubt many people are going to spend hours playing it, but then it was designed to pass a few minutes every now and then. Everybody's got it, just click Start>Programs>Accessories>Games>Minesweeper and there it is. Even if you use Linux most distributions have a Minesweeper clone (although I don't have a clue about the Mac!). The idea isn't new anyway, or it could be that it has been copied a lot. Did Microsoft invent this game? I don't know, don't really care either, all I know is that it pops up in various places under various guises. You could even play it on ONDigital a while ago, in the form of a treasure hunt on an island game. So here?s how it works...... You play on a square grid, containing lots of little squares. Each of these little squares could contain a mine, but by using your cunning you have to work out where the mines are and mark them with a flag. To start off with you have to trust with the gods, and just randomly pick a square. Three things could happen. The square could contain a mine, which means game over, you die! The square could be empty, but have mines surrounding it. A number will appear in that square telling you how many of the adjacent 8 squares (diagonals included) contain a mine. If you are lucky enough to reveal a square which is not adjacent to any mines, then all the other mine-less squares close to it will be revealed. Using the numbers in the squares you have to then work out which squares contain mines, and which don't. You mark the ones that have mines with a flag, and when you've marked each mine with a flag you win. Uncover a mine and you die. You can also
                              mark a square you are unsure of with a question mark, but this wastes time so will not be used by the hardcore Minesweeper player (if there is such a thing!). You see, the thing is, that it really isn't a hard game in itself, so to add a challenge you play against the clock. You simply have to try to beat your best time, or the best time of your friend. As you play you learn to see patterns of mines which you recognise. The simplest way of progressing is when a square has a 1 in it, and only one uncovered square next to it; the uncovered square must be a mine. There are more patterns, but it's better if you work them out for yourself. It is possible to complete most games by logic, and not have to resort to luck. There are 3 skill levels to play, which increase the size of playing field and the number of mines in it. You can even set your own, custom mine field of a certain size, containing a certain number of mines. But you don't want to do that, really. The most fun is to be had playing on beginner (small grid) and trying to beat your own time. You need to have quick thinking in addition to fast mouse skills. Lets see, minimum system requirements are a 286 with 1MB ram and Windows 3.1. You might even get minesweeper with even earlier versions of Windows, but that's before my time. You don't need a 3D card for this one!! It's free, it's fun, it isn't going to set your world alight, but it might pass the 10 minutes while you wait for your tea.

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                                19.07.2001 06:02
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                                Strategy is a great thing. It is the human mind at it's best - formulating tactics and solutions to problems it has never encountered before. It's part of the reason I enjoy strategy games. The other reason is that it's kind of fun! This is the second episode in my bored workers saga - things that workers do in their breaks, or things we do to pass the time at home. We've already dealt with the epic Solitaire (ok, maybe not epic - infamous would be better!), now it's time to move on to it's less acknowledged cousin - Minesweeper. - Now what's he jabbering on about? Minesweeper is a strategy game in the purest sense of the word. It's a simple and systematic game, but you have to keep your wits about you at all times or you'll end up losing - it's a very unforgiving game, and 1 mistake can spell disaster unless you're very lucky... Depending on how you've set up the options, you'll be presented with a grid of a set size. In a kind of Battleships type style, some of the squares have mines underneath them. So your job as the player, is to wonder around with your metaphorical stick and prod every square without getting yourself blown up! It all starts with a click - click on your first square, and, assuming there isn't a mine beneath it, it will disappear to reveal either a number, or a blank square. A number indicates how many mines there are in the eight squares surrounding the one you just clicked on. If the number is 1, and there's only one of the eight surrounding squares you haven't clicked on, then that's where your mine is. Then you right click on the square to mark it with a flag. Right clicking a second time puts a question mark on the square to indicate a possible mine, and a third right click will return the square to it's original state. So you head around the board, uncovering the non-mine squares and marking the mined squares. If you click on an area whe
                                re there are no mines in the vicinity, a click causes a chain reaction where all the squares with no numbers on are uncovered in every direction until a numbered square is reached. It's important to remember that there is no score as such, it's all or nothing - number of squares uncovered has no meaning unless you finish the game. The game is started by clicking on the big smiley face at the top of the window (ahhhh...), and the number on the left indicates the number of flags put down (you are given exactly enough to mark all the mines on the board) and the number on the right is the timer, showing how long you've been minesweeping for. - Go on, play like a man There are three pre-set difficulty levels to choose from - Beginner gives you a 9x9 grid with 10 mines, Intermediate gives you a 16x16 grid with 40 mines, and Expert gives you a 30x16 grid with 99 mines. I recommend the Expert mode, or if you want, you can go for Custom and make it easier or harder - harder would be something like 12x10 with 99 mines - that's only 21 squares without mines in! Although that'd probably be pretty impossible! Obviously, having less mines or more squares would make it a lot easier, and this is recommended for beginners at the game. - A change would do you good After the main grid options, there's not an awful lot else you can change in Minesweeper. You can turn off the question mark function, and for some bizarre and unexplained reason, you can turn the whole thing into black and white?!?! Quite a random and pointless feature if ever there was one – hope you can help me solve that one! Other than that, the only other thing on the menu is the 'Best Times' board, which is probably the game's saving grace. Without it, it would probably become a bit more boring after you'd completed it a few times – with it, you have some target to aim for - to try and better yourself each game.
                                There's a best time for the Beginner, Intermediate and Expert options, so if you're rubbish you can still compete for the Beginner ranking! - On a Minesweeper Tip There are so many different ways of playing this game it's untrue, but this are the rules I use to try and play it: · Start from the corners and work in – there's less squares to worry about along the sides, so this is always a good starting point. A lot better than a random square anyway. · Don't rush too much – thinking about what you're doing is all-important, there's nothing worse than coming within 20 of completing it, and then doing something stupid and messing it up. · Look for the obvious ones – don't take any chances if there may still be an obviously minefilled or non-minefilled squares somewhere else on the board. There generally is. - Don't move a muscle… Well, that's it for the Minesweeper op. While it's not exactly the most thrilling game in the world, it's good fun for a while, and I enjoy it marginally more than Solitaire, maybe because I love my strategy games. There's little you can improve in this game – it's quite limited in expansion potential, but it survives how it is. A good game – look out for a) another op in this series if I can think of one or b) a different series later on – I've got a few ideas up my sleeve!

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                                Minesweeper is a single-player computer game. The object of the game is to clear an abstract minefield without detonating a mine. The game has been rewritten for nearly every system platform in use today.