Minesweeper is a deceptively simple test of memory and reasoning—and one of the most popular Windows games of all time. The goal: find the empty squares and avoid the mines.
Sounds easy, right?
Open the Games folder by clicking the Start button . In the search box, type games, and then, in the list of results, click Games Explorer.
(Don't see it? You might need to turn on Windows Games. See Where are my games?)
Choose a difficulty level—Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced.
To start, click a tile.
If you need to finish a game later, you can exit the game and then click Save. The next time you play, you'll be asked whether you want to continue your last game. If so, click Yes.
You can adjust the difficulty level, turn animation on and off, and more.
Click the Game menu, and then click Options.
Make your choices, and then click OK.
You can change the board color, and whether it conceals mines or flowers.
Click the Game menu, and then click Change Appearance.
Find the empty squares while avoiding the mines. The faster you clear the board, the better your score.
Minesweeper has three standard boards to choose from, each progressively more difficult.
Beginner: 81 tiles, 10 mines
Intermediate: 256 tiles, 40 mines
Expert: 480 tiles, 99 mines
You can also create a custom board by clicking the Game menu, and then clicking Options. Minesweeper supports boards of up to 720 squares and 668 mines.
The rules in Minesweeper are simple:
Uncover a mine, and the game ends.
Uncover an empty square, and you keep playing.
Uncover a number, and it tells you how many mines lay hidden in the eight surrounding squares—information you use to deduce which nearby squares are safe to click.
Mark the mines. If you suspect a square conceals a mine, right-click it. This puts a flag on the square. (If you're not sure, right-click again to make it a question mark.)
Study the patterns. If three squares in a row display 2-3-2, then you know three mines are probably lined up beside that row. If a square says 8, every surrounding square is mined.
Explore the unexplored. Not sure where to click next? Try clearing some unexplored territory. You're better off clicking in the middle of unmarked squares than in an area you suspect is mined.
Minesweeper is a deceptively simple game of memory and reasoning. The object of Minesweeper is to overturn blank squares and avoid those that conceal mines. If you click a mine, the game is over. Uncover all the blank squares as fast as possible for the highest score.
Open the Games folder by clicking the Start button , clicking All Programs, clicking Games, and then clicking Games Explorer.
If Minesweeper is not available, you might need to turn on the Games feature. For more information about turning on the Games feature, see Where are my games?
If you don't have a saved game, Minesweeper starts a new game. If you have a saved game, you can continue your previous game.
The first time you play the game, you'll set a difficulty level. The fewer mines you select, the easier the game.
To start the timer, click any square on the playing field.
You can uncover a square by clicking it. If you uncover a mine, you lose the game.
If a number appears on a square, it indicates how many total mines are in the eight squares that surround the numbered one.
You can use this number to help deduce whether a square is safe to uncover.
To mark a square you suspect contains a mine, right-click it. This will add a flag to the square. If you're not sure, right-click it again, which will add a question mark to the square.
Try to mark all mines right away. If you know exactly where some mines are, take a second to mark them. Otherwise, you might forget them by the time you get back from another part of the board. This takes time, but it's worth it in the end.
Learn to recognize numerical patterns. If you see that three squares in a row display the numbers 2-3-2, then three mines are in a row next to one side of that row of squares. If a square displays an 8, then you know every square around it holds a mine.
Explore the unexplored. If a set of squares doesn't reveal a pattern and you're not sure where to click next, clear out some unexplored territory. You're better off clicking in the middle of unmarked squares than clicking in an area where you know some mines are located.
You can adjust the difficulty level and set other game options in the Options dialog box.
Select the check boxes for any options that you want to turn on, and then click OK.
If you need to finish a game later, just close the game and click Save. The next time you start a game, the game will ask you whether you want to continue your saved game. To do so, click Yes.