Minesweeper. It’s one of those games that anyone, at least once in their life, has played: I’m sure you did too. It was included in almost all versions of Windows up to 8, when Microsoft decided to remove it along with Solitaire and other hobbies that have been pre-installed in its operating system for years. Some also call it minefield , in fact this is a variant of the (more politically correct) game introduced with Windows 7 that had roughly the same features.
Created in 1989, Minefield came to Windows 3.1 only in 1992 and still fascinates many gamers today. Its interface has changed a lot over the years, but the game mechanics have remained intact. I bet that is precisely what you are interested in: since your previous experiences have not given you very positive results, you would like to understand in detail how to play Minesweeper . I guessed it, right? Then I know I’ll be happy to help you out.
In fact, in today’s tutorial, I will explain how to get and how to play Minefield by talking about the latest version of Minefield available for free in the Windows 10 store, which is also touch-compatible and can connect to Xbox Live to share your progress. Try it and I assure you that you will not regret it! If you really are not satisfied, I will not stop informing you valid alternatives for PC, smartphone and tablet. Happy reading and above all, enjoy it!
Minesweeper | Minesweeper Online
Let’s start with the rules, that is, how to play the minesweeper , to immediately clarify the mechanics of this famous puzzle game. In the latest version of the game released by Microsoft, there are two modes available: that classic , which faithfully reproduces the characteristics of Prato fiorito, and that adventure that, instead, presents new features. Let’s start with the first one, that’s why you’re reading this guide.
In classic minefield mode there is a grid of covered boxes , representing the area within which mines can be hidden: to win, you must clear all the empty boxes in the shortest time possible. In this version, instead of mines, you will find ladybugs, but the operation does not change. In addition to deleting the frames with a click (or a tap), you can mark the ones you think are hiding a mine and block them, so you don’t detonate them.
You can stick a red flag on these squares with a right mouse click or long tap: repeating this action, instead of the flags, a yellow question mark that will “unlock” the selected squares and allow you to free them. To win, you must remove all the squares that do not contain mines, without detonating a single mine.
There are three levels of difficulty to choose from: Beginner , Intermediate, and Advanced . To differentiate them is the number of squares and mines in the grid: 9 × 9 squares with 10 mines in the first, 16 × 16 with 40 in the second and 30 × 16 with 99 in the third. You can also choose to play a level with custom grids , where to choose how many boxes to have in height , width and the number of mines or Coccinelle . The first 8 × 8 minefield variant is no longer available.
Most of the free boxes are empty, but some contain a number from 1 to 6 : they are valuable indications, because they indicate how many mines are in that area. It is preferable to delete the boxes next to those that do not have a number inside and mark as “dangerous” those next to a 5 or 6. Apart from this, you should trust luck, since there are no other tips or tricks Specials to win Minefield. It is a very nice puzzle game!
Adventure mode It is an interesting novelty and can be seen as a completely different game, although it retains some characteristics of the classic minesweeper. Here, a miner plays the role of passing a series of labyrinthine tunnels (each representing a level) mining the boxes along the way. Instead of mines, the traps are hidden: you start with three lives and you can earn more by collecting hearts. Coins increase the score.
Adventure mode is less “frustrating” than classic, because if you find a trap you still have two other possibilities to complete the level. The presence of coins and other collectibles to unlock the doors of the maze (continuing the adventure ) makes the game experience more compelling: the boxes to be released can always contain an identification number of nearby traps and the mechanics are the same as the one described above.
In addition to the coins, the miner can collect gold bars and weapons, kill enemies and destroy the traps that he finds on his way: each of these actions helps to increase the score of the game. There are no flags or question marks, but there are red and white exclamation marks , which serve the same purpose and are activated by a right click or long tap.
The news didn’t end here, because Minefield now also offers some daily challenges that are based on classic mode and allow you to upload a monthly ranking to get in-game spendable bonuses. These daily challenges can be accessed from the main page of the game and it is proposed to complete different actions: for example, in a challenge you may have to mark ten mines with flags (without releasing any boxes) and in another to step on the mines.
Challenges award four shields of bronze, silver, gold, and diamonds, depending on monthly progress. The level of difficulty reflects that of the classic mode: you can overcome a challenge as a beginner , intermediate or expert .
In addition to the special prizes, which mainly refer to the premium version of the game (which I will talk about shortly), the point is to reach the Xbox Live objectives
Yes, you read it right! Minefield is not playable on Microsoft consoles, but you can earn points on your Xbox Live account! Now, however, enough talk: the time has come to understand how to install Minesweeper on your PC.
How to install Minefield in Windows 10
I learned how to play, it’s time to explain how to install Minefield in Windows 10 . The game is available from the Microsoft operating system store, so all you have to do is press the blue button with the script get on the official Microsoft Minesweeper page.
The app, as already mentioned, is free, but there are additional paid content that can be unlocked after installation – you can subscribe to a premium subscription for € 1.49 for one month or € 9.89 for one year. Unfortunately, the game contains banners and occasionally forces you to watch ad videos of a few seconds that you cannot skip. The only solution you should avoid is to subscribe. Other subscription benefits are additional coins (which are for challenges) and exclusive items for Adventure mode.
Having said that, let’s take action! The download is complete, start Microsoft Minesweeper through its icon in the Start menu and start a game in Classic Mode or Adventure Mode , then pressing the boxes corresponding to the desired level of difficulty: beginner , intermediate or expert .
The Minefield main window, which you can enlarge to full screen via the icon with the two arrows located in the upper right, scrolls horizontally: by moving it to the left, you can find statistics about the games and the Xbox Live goals achieved. You can change and themes only with the premium paid version: in the basic version only the default appears.
However, to access the minefield settings, you must click on the icon located in the upper left and choose the settings item from the menu that is proposed to you: this will open a side panel through which you can adjust the game options .
You can adjust the volume and turn warnings on or off, while you can immediately choose whether or not to use question marks . If your PC allows it, you can also adjust touch and graphics and you can activate quick mode change and / or scroll commands . Finally, you can choose to reset the settings to default settings or reset the game statistics .
One last aspect I would like to pay attention to. Xbox Live : If you have already registered a profile because you have an Xbox console, you will not have to do anything and when you reach a goal, you will be notified on the desktop. If you don’t have an account yet, I don’t recommend you register it because there would be no reward.
Alternatives to Minesweeper
As promised, I will now describe some Alternatives to the minefield that you can choose from if you are not satisfied with Microsoft Minesweeper.
Minesweeper: The Essentials (Windows 10)
The first alternative that I propose is Minefield: the essentials , a free program that you can find in the official Windows 10 store and that you can install by clicking the get button . There are no add-on or ad purchases during games. However, an Adventure mode is missing. It is the classic flowery meadow with three predefined levels of difficulty and a personalized one.
Grid dimensions and number of mines per level are standard, therefore exactly the same as in Microsoft’s Minefield. Grid customization also offers the same values: names change, because here you can choose between easy , media, or hard modes . In options you will find three themes to customize the graphics of the game and some controls related to the timer, sounds and the usual question mark. It is really essential as the title promises.
This minefield offers a statistical system on the score obtained in the games, but you cannot connect to Xbox Live to share them with friends: if you simply want to play Prato Fiorito, I don’t think this could be a problem. Regarding the mechanics of the game, the movements are identical to those of the Microsoft game: a click or a touch to release the boxes, a right click or a long touch to mark them. Easy, isn’t it? The graphics are also very pretty.
Minesweeper! (Windows 10)
The second alternative that I propose to you, Minesweeper! , it is suitable for a true nostalgic minefield. The graphics are not exactly the best, but the game reproduces the characteristics of the original for Windows: you can always find it in the Microsoft Store.
There are four grids (always divided by level of difficulty), that is easy , medium , difficult and nightmare . Here there is no possibility to customize the dimensions and the number of boxes to be released is very different from the standards.
In Easy mode, the grid is 8 × 9 squares with 10 mines; in the middle of 10 × 12 with 20 mines; in Hard 12 × 14 with 30 mines and in Nightmare 13 × 15 with 40 mines. The mechanics of the game are elementary: any click or touch releases the corresponding box, without being able to mark the suspects. The game is translated into Italian, but in the settings You can also change the language or the background of the window: to access, simply click on the cabin icon in the lower center.
If you are using a Mac, you can play Minefield by installing the application of the same name available in the Mac App Store, which you can install by pressing the Get / Install button , located at the top right and authenticating, if necessary, via password your ID Apple or Touch ID (if your Mac has a fingerprint sensor).
The mechanics of the game are the same as in the classic minefield, with a pattern of 10 × 12 and 20 mines. To adjust the game settings, you must press the cabin icon located in the lower center and select the settings item from the menu that opens.
How to play Minesweeper Online
Playing Minesweeper by installing a program on your computer is simple, but you may not feel like taking up disk space for that game. So why not play directly online? On the web there are several sites that allow you to do this: one of them is Minesweeper online, which also has a paid version on the App Store. I suggest it because it has the same graphics and controls as the original minefield for Windows.
The site is in English, but you don’t need to know the language to play. The grids have the standard Microsoft Minesweeper dimensions: by clicking game , located in the upper left, you can choose between Beginner , Intermediate and Expert , corresponding to Beginner, Intermediate and Expert. Custom is for custom mode, where you can set height (Height) width (Width) and mines (Mine). By checking a marks instead, enable the question mark.
The game mechanics provide for left click to release squares and right click to mark them: by clicking on controls see a summary of their movements and keyboard shortcuts. The option is interesting visualization that allows you to zoom in or zoom out the grid from 100% to 200%.
the Night mode instead, change the background of the site and decreases the brightness of the window to save energy during the night.
Well, I explained how to play Minefield on PC and online, but if you wanted to do it from smartphone or tablet? Don’t worry: there are plenty of free apps that let you play on Android and iOS. Some have innovative grids!
- Minesweeper: Collector (Android / iOS) – A variant of the classic minefield that, in addition to having grid shapes other than squares or rectangles, includes levels and collectibles.
- Globesweeper (Android / iOS) – Tired of two-dimensional grids? With this application you can play on spheres and cubes. A variant of Minefield absolutely to try.
- Mine World (Android / iOS) – Dodge mines on maps of the world’s countries with this minefield variant that invites you to review geography.