Product Type: other PC games
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Don't step on that mine
Member Name: bubblepop
Advantages: free, challenging, fun
Disadvantages: impossible not to lose sometimes
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.
Summary: my favourite of the windows games