How to Play Minesweeper

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How to Play Minesweeper

Minesweeper is a great game to pass/waste time. It's what I use to avoid studying for exams :D The object of the game is to clear the 'minefield' without detonating a mine.

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Warning: this game can get seriously addictive and it's very easy to lose track of time while playing it. ðŸ˜¥

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In order to win the game, you must reveal all the squares that DO NOT contain a mine, whether you flag them or not is a matter of personal preference. If a mine is revealed, the player loses.

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For this guide I've used "Minesweeper" by TicBits. To flag a mine, the player must select the flag button in the bottom left hand corner. On a PC, flags are applied by right clicking the square.

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I'm going to play an Easy/Beginner game- it's a 9x9 grid with 10 mines.

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Click/tap any square to begin. Hopefully a large portion of the grid will be revealed. If it isn't, just keep trying until it does or until you lose, in which case start a new game (or ragequit).

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The number displayed in each square represents how many mines are adjacent to that square. There are a total of 8 adjacent squares per square (left, right, up, down and one at each corner)

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Flag the mine so you remember where it is and don't click it by accident. Flagged squares cannot be revealed. To unflag a square, tap it while on the flag option (or right click) until it disappears.

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Once all the specified number of adjacent mines are flagged, you are free to click the remaining adjacent squares surrounding the numbered square.

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Grey squares surrounded by ones are always the easiest :D Where the flag is placed here, it satisfies the four '1's surrounding it. The two grey squares below the flag may be clicked safely.

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Now we can see a "1 2 1" in the area we were looking at before. In this case, placing a flag directly beneath the 2 will also satisfy both the 1s but we aren't able to place another flag for the 2 :(

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So we mark the mines as being under each 1. Yay! As you can see, this means the left 1 has one adjacent mine, the 2 has two, and the right-hand 1 has one. Clicking the square in between revealed a 2.

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The 2 that was revealed between the flags has two adjacent mines already flagged so the remaining adjacent squares can be clicked.

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The left-most flag has a square numbered '1' directly to it's left. This 1 already has a marked mine so the two remaining adjacent squares can be clicked safely. Yay! We have a ring of 1s! Easy :D

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That's the bottom right corner done :)

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The same principles are applied to the rest of the grid. This is the end result for the game I've used in this guide.

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Hurray! Finished! Although, 2:06 is a poor effort. Beginner level can be completed in a matter of seconds ><

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There are 2 other default grids: Intermediate (16x16, 40 mines) and Advanced (30x30, 99 mines). Difficulty increases as the grid gets bigger, with 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 numbered squares appearing.

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Minesweeper can never be solved with 100% certainty. The larger the grid, the more guesswork is required.

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If you're not sure about a square, tapping it twice when on the flag option (or double right clicking) will mark a square with '?' so you can come back to it later. I usually just avoid that spot ><

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Happy playing! P.S. Always remember to rest your eyes by focusing them on something else every so often when looking at electronic screens :)

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No worries :)

(author) 12 months ago

Agh! I used to LOVE this game! Thanks for reminding me! Time to find a Minesweeper app!

Cerulean Apple 12 months ago

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