Product Type: other PC games
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Don't click on the mines!
Member Name: cornishchic
Advantages: Addictive, comes free
Disadvantages: Can get frustrating
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!
Summary: Good game