How to Play Minesweeper
Minesweeper is a puzzle game that sets on a grid of squares. The goal of the game is to clear the board without detonating any mines. It was first available on the family computer, back when computers were big and not as mobile as your laptop or smartphone is today. This guide shows you how to play Minesweeper on a computer with Windows. Minesweeper is no longer pre-installed on Windows computers, but you can get a remastered version of the game for free from the Windows 10 Store.
What is Minesweeper
Minesweeper is a logic puzzle video game that is usually played on PCs. The game has a grid of squares that you can click on, and there are "mines" hidden all over the board. The goal is to clear the board without setting off any mines. Clues about how many mines are in each field can help you do this.
How to play Minesweeper
Each Minesweeper game starts with a grid of squares that haven't been marked yet. When you click on one of these squares, some of them will go away, some will stay blank, and some will have numbers on them. Your job is to use the numbers to figure out which of the empty squares have mine and which are safe to click.
A game of Minesweeper starts when the first player picks a cell on a board where all of the cells are still closed. This click is guaranteed to be safe, and in some versions, all of the cells around it are also guaranteed to be safe. During the game, the player uses the information from the opened cells to figure out which other cells are safe to open. This gives the player more and more information until the board is solved. The player is also told how many mines are still on the board. This is called the "mine count," and it is calculated by subtracting the total number of mines from the number of flagged cells (note that because of this, the mine count can be negative).
In Minesweeper, you have to open all of the cells that aren't mines without opening any mines.
There is no score, but there is a timer that keeps track of how long it takes to finish the game. You can make the game harder by adding more mines or by starting with a bigger grid. When playing the game, the player often runs into situations where they can't figure out any more safe cells from what they know, so they have to guess. A player can put a question mark on a square if they aren't sure if it is safe or not. Some versions of Minesweeper make it so that you don't have to guess to solve the board.
Most versions of Minesweeper games have three default board layouts, which are usually called "beginner," "intermediate," and "expert" in order of how hard they are. Beginner games are usually played on an 8x8 or 9x9 board with 10 mines. Intermediate games are usually played on a 16x16 board with 40 mines, and expert games are usually played on a 30x16 board with 99 mines.
Know how to read the numbers. A number on a square shows how many mines are touching that square right now. For example, if there are two squares next to each other and one of them has a "1" on it, you know that the square next to it has a mine under it.
How to download Minesweeper
1. Click the Windows logo in the lower-left corner of the screen.
2. Type "store." If you do this, your computer will look for the Store app.
3. Click on the Microsoft Store app icon.
4. Click on the Search bar in the top right corner of the window for the Microsoft Store.
5. Type "microsoft minesweeper" into the "Search" bar, and then wait for a drop-down menu to appear below the bar.
6. Microsoft Minesweeper will open. It should be in the drop-down menu below the search bar.
7. Click Get.
8. Once Minesweeper is installed successfully on your computer, click the Windows icon in the lower left corner.
9. Type minesweeper into the search box, and click the Microsoft Minesweeper app.
Let's play the game
Choose how hard you want it to be. In the upper left corner of the window, click one of the following settings to start your first game:
Easy 9x9 - A nine-by-nine grid with 10 mines.
Medium 16x16 - A sixteen-by-sixteen grid with 40 mines.
Expert 30x16 - A thirty-by-sixteen grid with 99 mines.
Custom: Set your own game settings, such as the size of the grid, the number of mines, and other things.
You can use the tutorial if you want to. If this is your first time playing Microsoft Minesweeper, you will be asked to start a tutorial that will teach you how to play the game.
Click Skip at the top of the window if you don't want to play through the tutorial.
Any square on the grid can be clicked. If you do that, the Minesweeper game will start.
Think about the numbers. Any number on the board shows how many mines are touching that square right now.
Right-click any squares you think might have mines in them. With this, a flag will be put on the square. It's best to start with squares that must have mines (like a single square next to a "1" on the board) because it will make the process of elimination easier later.
Be careful not to mark more squares than there are mines on the board.
Right-click twice on any squares you're not sure about. If you do this, a question mark will appear over the square, telling you to leave it alone until you have ruled out other squares.
This is a safe move to make when you've found all but two or three mines on a board.
Click on the squares that don't have mines in them. This will get rid of the problem squares.
In Minesweeper, you have to click on every square that doesn't have a mine under it to win a round. When you do that, the game is over.
If you click on a square that has a mine underneath it by accident, the game will end. You can either start a new game or play the one you just played again.
How to win Minesweeper game
Know the basics of the game
You need to understand how the game is played. Despite what most people think, it's actually very easy. You get a number when you click on a square. This number tells you how many mines are around it. If you find the mine, you can open "unopened" squares around it to get to more areas.
Click the four squares in the corners when the game first starts. This will usually clear a lot of blocks (95% of the time).
Mark all the mines that can't be missed. If there are eight 1s around a square that isn't open, it's obviously a mine.
If you click the left and right mouse buttons at the same time on a number that already has its mine(s) found, all the blocks around it will open. This will help save time. So, once you've found all the mines near that number, click the left and right mouse buttons at the same time.
Finding the mines in 1's helps a lot because it opens up many squares and gives good hints to 2's and 3's.
Be careful. Open only the blocks you KNOW are safe.
You'll have to finish about 10 games before you get the hang of it. After that, you can go for fast times.
Press F2 to start the game over.
It would be a waste of time to use the question mark.
The game is over when all of the safe blocks have been opened, not when every mine has been marked.
If you click on a mine by accident, just hold down your mouse button and move your cursor.
Start in the middle. If you start on the side, you're more likely to get stuck.
From the Game tab, you can change the settings and how hard the game is.