Minesweeper is a very fascinating game involving strategy and skill as well as a certain amount of luck. I have enjoyed this game since back in the Windows 3.1 days. There are a couple of different versions of this game, but they all work basically the same and it will give you plenty of experience using the mouse.
The object of Minesweeper is to locate all the mines as quickly as possible
without uncovering any of them. If you uncover a mine, you lose the game.
To play Minesweeper
- On the Game menu, click
- 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
- If a number appears on a square, it indicates how many mines are in the
eight squares that surround the numbered one.
- To mark a square you suspect contains a mine, right-click it.
- The game area consists of the playing field, a mine counter, and a
Strategies and tips
- If you are uncertain about a square, right-click it twice to mark it
with a question mark (?). Later, you can either mark the square as a mine or
remove the markings by right-clicking the square again once or twice.
- If you have marked all the mines around a numbered square, you can
uncover the remaining squares around it by clicking the numbered square with
the left and right mouse buttons simultaneously. If not all mines
surrounding the numbered square have been marked, the remaining covered or
unmarked squares will appear to be depressed (or flash) when the numbered
square is clicked with both buttons simultaneously.
- Look for common patterns in numbers, which often indicate a
corresponding pattern of mines. For example, the pattern 2-3-2 at the edge
of a group of uncovered squares indicates a row of three mines next to the