How to Play and Win Minesweeper: If you’re around my age, you probably remember a time when the best games that you can play on your PC are Solitaire, Minesweeper, Pinball, and Pac-Man. Or if you’re feeling creative, you can entertain yourself by drawing in Paint too! Despite the simplicity of the games, those were fun times, and to some degree, I kind of miss them!
I still play solitaire every now and then when I’m bored, but one game that I never really got to understand was Minesweeper. I pretty much have an idea that I have to avoid the mines so I don’t lose the game, but I had no clue whatsoever how to win it! That’s until recently, I managed to revisit the game at calculators.org where I found the instructions much more easier to understand. And now that I know how to play the game, I can’t stop playing!
If you’re still confused about how the game works (and how to win it), below is my simplified version of the game mechanics:
How to Play Minesweeper
- The goal is to uncover all cells, except the ones with mines/bombs in them. Start by randomly selecting a cell on the board.
- If the cell yung open has a number, that number tells you how many cells adjacent to it (up, down, left, right, diagonal) have mines in them.
- If the cell you open is blank, that means all adjacent cells are safe and have no mines in them.
- You lose when you open a cell containing a mine. When you suspect that a cell has a mine, you can mark it with a red flag.
- You win when all safe cells are opened.
Tips on How to Win Minesweeper
- When your first cell contains a number at the start of the game, I suggest for your next cell be away from the adjacent cells. Sure, there’s still a chance that you land on a mine, but you’re less likely to select the mine around the first cell.
- Blank cells are your best friend. When you land on one, select all the cells adjacent to it. You’re 100% sure there’s no mine, plus you get to uncover more cells that in turn, uncover even more cells.
- Use the red flags. They’re super helpful since they mark your suspected cells that contain mines, so you don’t unknowingly click on them.
In the end though, Minesweeper is a game of luck as much as skill. You may know various techniques to win but you’ll always be one bad cell away from selecting a mine. So I guess just don’t take it seriously, have fun, and enjoy the game.