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Monday March 8th, 2021  /
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1992: “Minesweeper” is released together with Windows 3. 1. The puzzle game is simple, but has an extremely high addictive factor.

A grey rectangular playing field with 64 squares, red flags and 16 hidden mines: That’s all a cult game needs. “Minesweeper” is one of those games that every computer owner has tried out before. The principle is as simple as the graphics: The goal is to uncover all fields without hitting a mine. “Minesweeper” is included in all versions of the operating system since Windows 3. 1. The basic game principle had existed before, but Microsoft made it popular with “Minesweeper”. In 1992 it was something very special: a game you only had to call up without installing anything. Together with the “solitaire” integrated in Windows 3. 1, “Minesweeper” developed into a time waster.

One second to the target

The virtual mine hunt at “Minesweeper” works with a mouse click: To do this, click with the left mouse button on any field. If there is a mine there, the game is lost: it explodes and turns red – and the grinning smiley at the top looks evil. If the field is safe, a number appears: It indicates how many mines there are in the adjacent eight squares. If you suspect one on a field, click with the right mouse button and mark it with a red flag. From the first click the game counts the seconds – the faster all fields are uncovered, the better. The time pressure and the simple principle increase the addiction factor: “Minesweeper” tempts you to play again quickly to win or break your own record.
“Minesweeper” records are still circulating on the Internet today. So it took the fastest just a second to solve the game.

If this seems too easy, try other difficulty levels: In the advanced version the field has 256 fields and 40 mines, for the pros there are 480 fields and 99 mines. You can also customize the game and decide for yourself how many fields and mines there should be.


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