If you are looking for a computer game that is timely and at the same time, started when you were a little younger, then you may consider the so-called Microsoft Minesweeper. Aside from this, you may also try simply Minesweeper. You may also try the Flower Field. It was first released in 1990, as a part of Microsoft Entertainment Pack 1 and also in Windows 3.1 in 1992 to replace Reversi from Windows 3.0. It existed for all Windows releases and improved in Windows Vista by Oberon Media until Windows 8.
Minesweeper is a single-player video game. It has an objective of clearing the squares implanted with “mines” or bombs with setting them off. The player is guided by the clues about the numbers of mines in each set. The mines can be located through a logical method but often results in ambiguity. By clicking on the game board, it will unlock what is hidden beneath the chosen squares. Some squares have numbers 1 to 8 that help the player locate the mine on a particular square.
If you are familiar with this game, Minesweeper tests your strategy. It is also available for many other desktop environments and operating systems. The objective of the game is to clear a board or minefield of “mines” or bombs. You have to click on the squares so that the player will witness whether or not the squares have a “mine” on it. If he or she did not come across with a mine, the game would continue. When the player clicks on a square, a number from 1 to 8 may be shown.
The number expresses the quantity of the mines next to the square. This helps the player deduce the location of the mines. When all the squares are clicked and do not show any mine, the game is won.
To play Minesweeper, you have to follow these three (3) parts:
Part 1. Know About Minesweeper Mechanics.
1. You have to know and interpret the rules behind the Minesweeper. For instance, you try to click one of those many squares, then some of them will disappear. This is the tricky part of the game because, after that first click, you have to locate the blank squares that are placed with mines and those blank squares that are supposed to be clicked with no mines.
You may find it similar to the Sudoku puzzle game because for you to get a successful outcome of the order of numbers, you first have to try a possible number to a set until all the set of boxes have numbers that are arranged non-repeatedly to its parallel sides of boxes. A Minesweeper game usually starts with a uniform set of unmarked squares. The only problem is, unlike Sudoku, you can’t have a trial-and-error checking because once you clicked on the wrong blank square, the mines are activated, and you lose the game.
2. You have to use the left and right buttons of the mouse. This is the only device externally that is essential for you to play the Minesweeper. Click the left button of the mouse to the squares that do not have mines, then the right button of the mouse for determining the flag squares that has mines. On another level, you have to mark the squares that you find with suspicion of mines until you verify that those blank squares do have mines.
3. If you click your first square, it never contains a mine under it. A square that you’ve clicked will clear some of the blank boxes, and some will also show numbers inside it.
4. You should be aware of the meaning behind these numbers. If you will see squares that are numbered, it means that these are the number of mines touching the squares. An example is the number “1” of one square. If one square with the number “1” is beside another blank square, it means that the square next to the labeled one is implanted with a mine under it. The number implies the number of mines that are directly touching it from all directions: diagonally, vertically, and horizontally.
Part 2. How to Download Minesweeper.
1. Click the Start button. It is the logo of the Windows on the bottom-left corner of the monitor.
2. With the Start, type “Store.” This will be the command for your computer to search for the Store application.
3. Microsoft Store must be clicked in order to open it. Look for the top of the Start window to locate it.
4. Locate the “Search” bar and click it. It is along with the Microsoft Store window in the top right corner.
5. You have to type in the search bar, “Microsoft Minesweeper.” Type it on the “Search” bar and wait for the computer to process it. There will be a drop-down that will appear.
6. You will have to click the result as you typed the words “Microsoft Minesweeper.”
7. Locate and click “Get.” This is described to be a blue–button below the title “Microsoft Minesweeper.” This will be the command for your computer to install the chosen game and appear on the desktop icons.
Part 3: Playing the So-Called Minesweeper.
1. Once downloaded, open the Minesweeper game. After it is installed by your computer, click the Launch button when prompted. The first thing that you should do is clicking the start button, and then you will have to type “Minesweeper,” and lastly is clicking the green-colored app.
2. Choose and select a level of difficulty. To launch your first game, go to the settings in the window’s upper-left side, then choose and click one of the following levels of difficulties stated below: Easy 9×9 – This is a grid whose dimension is 9×9 and equipped with 10 mines. Medium 16×16 – This is a grid whose dimension is 16×16 and implanted with 40 mines. Expert 30×16 – This id a grid whose dimension is 16×16 and equipped with 99 mines. Custom – You can choose your own game by setting the grid size, number of mines, the parameters and so on.
3. If you like, you can look first at the video tutorial of the game. The tutorial guide will be able to help you with it. If you wish not to view it anymore and start already with the game, you can click the “Skip” button located at the top of the window.
4. Click your choice of the square, anywhere on the grid. This will officially start your Minesweeper game.
5. You should double-check the numbers. If a square has a number, the square beside it probably contains a mine.
6. Do right-click on the squares that you have a suspicion of having mines. This will result in putting a flag on the squares. Take note of putting the flags on where you are very sure that it contains a mine (e.g., a blank square beside a square labeled with “1” on the grid). This will help you with the elimination process later. Make sure you know your limits of putting flags on the squares. The squares with the flag should not be more than the total number of mines in the grid.
7. For more tactical advice, do double-right-click on the squares that you are not certain of. This will result in a question mark on the chosen square, implying that you don’t want to touch the squares first until other squares have been ruled out. This is the safest strategic advice when you’re in the position of finding out all the mines except with two (2) to (3) more.
8. To clear the squares with question marks, click every square that is not implanted with mines.
9. You should clear the board. In a goal of winning with the Minesweeper game, you need to click on the grid that does not have a mine beneath it. When you are finished with that, the game will soon be over.
10. If you clicked a square with a mine under it accidentally, the game would be over. You have an option to start a new game or redo your previous game. The smiley in the old version is the reset button when you lose. For instance, you actually lose, then you have to click on the face that is smiling so that the game will restart.
For more strategies, follow the instructions below:
1. Click the four squares located on the corners of the board on the first part of your game. This will open random blank squares that will lead you to a 95% chance of winning the game.
2. Put marks on the mines that are surrounded by many numbered squares. For example, if eight squares labeled with “1” are surrounding a blank square, it is absolutely a mine.
3. If you click both the right and the left buttons of the mouse simultaneously on a number that already pinpoints to the mines it found, it will unlock the blank squares around it. Doing this saves your time. Once you deduce the mines surrounding the number, you can click both rights and left buttons of the mouse at the same time.
4. If you find the mines in one (1) square, it will really be helpful to you because it will unlock another set of squares and will give you hints of 2’s or 3’s.
5. You should always be careful. Exercise your critical-thinking skills and only open those squares that you are 100% sure is safe.
6. For mastery of the game, you should complete around 10 games. It will also give you the ability to be faster each time you reset the game. If you want to play using your phone, you need to download and install it first. If you are using an Android phone, you can find a Minesweeper game in the Google Store. If you are using an iPhone, you can search it in an iOS app store. Locate the search bar and type “Minesweeper.” Once successfully installed, just follow the steps of Parts 1 to 3, but there is one difference. You cannot press right-click when you’re using a mobile phone to put a flag in a square. Instead, you can long-press your desired square to put it in and let go. Minesweeper apps in mobile devices can also let you zoom in or out. Your fingers must be placed on the screen and drag.
Here are great tips in life that are from playing Minesweeper:
1. You should explore more Minesweeper is super easy to explore with, but very difficult to get a win with. In life, we just always wanted to be inside our comfort zones. It means that the word “risk” does not exist in our dictionary. We are afraid of going out of our comfort zones because we are uncertain of what’s going to happen if we try something new, but minesweeper is a very good game to make us realize that success comes when you take risks. At first, you may find it negatively in your life and very hard to deal with, but eventually, you open more doors for opportunity. It just takes one mistake to learn and improve on the next game.
2. You can’t avoid explosions. When you play Minesweeper, 90% of the time, you end up with explosions from accidents, mistakes in choices, and just a “whatever the outcome is, it is,” mantra. Relating these explosions to life, it is also inevitable when we face adversities. So, how we try to reset the game from the explosions in Minesweeper is also applied to how we can learn how to respond to those explosions around us in the optimistic way possible.
3. You know you’re lucky; Minesweeper is a game that is best friends with “luck.” There is nothing to base the option that you will choose. This game also gives us the feeling of getting so near the winning line by making a gut decision. In real life, we have an obligation to live and find opportunities as we open doors, but we can’t control everything. Sometimes, it all comes down to luck.