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Minesweeper: Rules and Basics
At first glance, Minesweeper is a simple game of thought and logic.
The goal: The player has to uncover the empty fields and avoid those fields behind which mines are hidden.
With Minesweeper you can choose between three standard playing fields with different levels of difficulty.
Beginners: 81 fields, 10 mines or 35 mines
Advanced: 256 fields, 40 mines or 99 mines
Professionals: 480 fields, 99 mines or 170 mines
You can also create a custom playing field with a custom number of mines.
The Minesweeper rules are simple:
The game is normally finished when a mine is uncovered. In contrast to the Windows Minesweeper, you can continue playing by taking back a turn. The uncovered mines are displayed in a counting field.
The game continues when you uncover an empty square.
If a number is displayed when a square is uncovered, this number represents the number of mines hidden in the adjacent 8 squares. This information can be used to determine under which of the adjacent fields there are mines and which fields can be clicked safely.
Hints and tips
Mark the mines. If you assume that a mine is hidden behind a field, right-click on it. This marks the field. You can deselect the field by right-clicking on it again.
Study the patterns. If the numbers 2-3-2 are displayed in three consecutive fields, then there are probably three mines next to this row. If the number 8 is displayed in one field, each of the adjacent fields contains a mine.
Don't know which field to click on next? Advance into unexplored terrain. It is better to click in the middle of an area of unmarked fields than in an area where you think there might be mines.
Below is an example of a solved minefield. You can follow the marking logic using the individual numbers for the fields.
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hey what's up everybody easton here bringing you another video this one going to be about minesweeper the new craze that's spreading across the nation and by that I mean Plouffe stream for the most part but so I actually have a decent amount of minesweeper experience due to my father actually really liking this game and so I figured I would give you guys some tips and tricks on how to become the next minesweeper professional down below on this website called minesweeper online.com you can actually see ridiculous force that people are getting on this 99 mind a puzzle but let's not talk about that I'm just gonna go into the general how to play of this game and then get into some advanced strats and so first off you know you just gonna click anywhere right and so the easiest ones to get are the ones on the corner so look this one has only one mind that is you know adjacent to it and so it's really easy to click it oh and it's very important that you use a mouse when you're doing this because you can play with like a mouse pad or like a touch pad or whatever but it's so much easier with a mouse because of something that you can do where if you see anything so like okay so this one was guaranteed right this one right here is already satisfied with this one mine that you know it has to be that so if you actually click both left and right click at the same time it'll pop open every other tab or ever sensually every other space that you know is adjacent to it and so I'd you just pretty much go to the corners of the whole game and you start end up doing it really really slowly and then eventually to slowly get faster and faster obviously you know the numbers signifying where you're going to want to you know place your mind with your right click and that is very very important it's like your passive and overwatch you just have to right-click pretty much everything and so obviously you know you see when things are not satisfying when this you it's kind of easy to tell certain ones because you see this for it's like these two weren't there and so the only two options for this are actually to be right here and so you just kind of click them and then you can do the thing and you just kind of keep clicking and then eventually like the best part about it is if it's not satisfied then it doesn't do anything and so you can't accidentally mess up with the double click and so you're just able to slowly get more and more until okayed so this is an interesting position right I'm just going to talk about this right here and so one of these two has to be in mind right because this one has to be satisfied and so you know if one of these two has to be it then this one isn't it because of this one and so you're able to click right off here and then this too has only two spots to be in and so you know what's going to be right there and then you are able to pretty much go from there so that's a little a lot of little small things in pattern recognition that you just have to get really used to seeing and just you know making sure you're careful because if you try to go too fast you will be not careful and end up losing and so you're able to just slowly start building out and you know a lot of times in minesweeper your are going to have to guess on a 50/50 or something like that and so hopefully we do not run into any of those while recording yay and right here it's pretty much the identical thing from before with the twos except you know it's gonna have to be that and then this is a 50/50 though because you can't tell actually no it's not because this three has to be satisfied and so you know that and so then again you can just let's just like little tiny things that you have to notice and you just have to go slow with it and eventually when obviously you can start on the ones that are like five or nine you know or thirty I think is the intermediate or beginner which would be ten mines but I believe in you you're not babies you can you can do this you can even do hardwood I believe in you I mean because a lot of it does end up coming down to luck unfortunately hopefully we don't run into one of those right here which we did that's I'm that's honestly normally a very scary situation because a lot of times it will make you just click one at random and pretty much say oh I hope you got it right which isn't that much fun and so again that was the similar thing as what I described earlier and let's see so if you know you you're scared to like click something you can always work your way around and then you might be able to find solutions not only just because like it might build into where you are trying to click but also because you know if you end up running out of mind slots and you know there's either an option with one or two you know it's like if you do option a then it's one mine or if it's option two it's two lines and there's two lines left then you can pretty much you know rule out one or the other and so again just kind of getting back to it so in this type of situation you see that pretty much everything has to be a guess because both of these this three and this two will be satisfied if you click one of these it's not it doesn't necessarily matter which one right also this 300-member I'm so surprised to finish two corners without really any mishaps I'm actually really happy about this and so you just continue to click along obviously this is a very slow version that I'm doing but I'm just trying to make sure if I find anything I don't just like zoom past it so I can explain it to you guys so this four is actually one of the interesting things that's a very similar if you have a three in this type of situation so this four it has one mind that's obviously connected to it and there's only three available slots so again you just kind of do that you make a wall with it l3s are often in that situation like let's say if this mine wasn't here and this was a three instead it would be exactly the same and so you're able to just do that and then kind of continue as I said you know it's all it's all these little small things you just got to make sure you notice them and obviously you get faster and faster because you start noticing these patterns and you can do them without really thinking and you can just kind of work your way it's it's kind of like smash you know I how you have your muscle memory so you have to think about less what buttons you want to press and more so like why you want to press them except in minesweeper there's no other player you just have to make sure you don't mess up and so there you know differences obviously and again something similar here you know that this one has to be blanked because one of these has to be a mine because of this one and this two will already be satisfied if you get one of those so you can are able to just click out unfortunately that time it didn't really help in this case but then again you just find one little place that you're going to be fine and you just continue to work in as I've been saying this whole time pretty much they're starting to get pretty scary I feel like a lot of these have to be guesses let's see so this you know it can be any one of those like all of these have enough like mines next to them that you have to be careful see I'm just gonna go further guys real quick and just hope I was right whew okay so that like you know those little scary moments you know that will obviously cause you a game but again if you kind of know what you're doing then you can kind of just get to this point easily again I really have to broke out at the corner that was actually really scary I was thinking for quite some time okay so this is gonna be a little I know that one can't beat it cuz the same pattern is - is satisfied all that's gonna break it up so I'm just gonna do this incredibly slowly so I don't mess up okay cool and this seems like yeah I did it and that is how you become a minesweeper Pro except obviously way faster than that it with way less talking and so yeah I hope you all enjoyed this video as always social media panda and partner stuff is down below let me know what your highest scores in minesweeper and tweet them at me again go to minesweeper online.com I'll put it you know on the screen in the description you know tweet at me your best scores and I'm looking forward to you guys beating this 554 although I'm sure I can't get better I mean I one of the ones I was playing and I was just kind of trying to get to I had like 210 and then I lost on a final fifty-fifty like they didn't break apart like that and I was really sad and so I guessed wrong and I was like damn it but yeah as always social media pendant partner stuff is down below no see you all next time
AI vs Minesweeper
Minesweeper is a simple computer game which comes with the operating system Microsoft Windows up to and including version Windows 7. It is a combination of logical thinking and (sometimes) random guessing which fields contain mines. The goal is to uncover all fields behind which no mines are hidden. An additional challenge is a stopwatch, so the game is mostly played for time.
Minesweeper was originally developed by Microsoft for Windows 3.1 and was then included with every successor version for the PC; since Windows 8 it has to be installed as an app from the Windows Store. The game is missing with Windows Mobile up to the version Windows Mobile 2003 SE. In many countries a free Xbox Live Minesweeper app is offered for Windows Phone via the integrated Windows Phone Store. With Windows Vista it was completely reworked and has for example the possibility to replace the mines with flowers. Minesweeper was also integrated into the 1999 Siemens S25 mobile phone.
Records, which were achieved on Windows enclosed program versions, are not accepted for international and national best lists, because the current version gives the player the possibility to play on a playing field with the same mine positions several times in a row (restart) and previous versions are not safe against cheats and hacks. For competitions and rankings only the programs "Minesweeper Arbiter", "Minesweeper X" and "Viennasweeper" are used. Based on Minesweeper, the paper-based game lighting was developed.
The original Minesweeper for Windows 3.x and 9x has four different difficulty levels:
Beginner: playing field of 8 times 8 (64) fields and 10 mines (16%).
Advanced: Field of 16 x 16 (256) fields and 40 mines (16%).
Professionals: Field of 30 x 16 (480) squares and 99 mines (21%).
User defined: Maximum size 30 times 24 (720) fields and 667 mines (93%).
In the Windows versions from Windows 2000 the beginner field size is 9 times 9 with the same number of mines as before (10, now 12%). This lower mine density results in an advantage compared to the 8 x 8 game fields in several games, since the number of clicks required for victory is reduced on average by a lower mine density.
The user-defined mode of the versions Minesweeper Clone 2007 and Minesweeper X accepted for official rankings allow a maximum playing field size of 50 times 50 or the entire screen size.
At the beginning one of three difficulty levels is chosen, which determines the size of the playing field (number of fields) and the number of mines. Before the start of the game all fields are covered. The aim of the game is to uncover all fields behind which there is no mine.
With the left mouse button the player uncovers a field; if there is a mine under this field, the game is lost. In the Windows versions and the versions accepted for rankings, however, the first click in normal game mode is never a mine. With the right mouse button he marks a field as a mine. A red flag then appears there. In order to undo this marking, one or two further right mouse clicks on the same field are sufficient (depending on the selected setting). To win, it is not necessary to mark mines with the right mouse button. It is sufficient to uncover all fields that do not contain mines with the left mouse button. Optionally, you can activate so-called markers if you are not sure whether there is a mine under a field. These appear in the form of a question mark on the fields and are also set with the right mouse button.
Fields uncovered with the left mouse button that do not contain a mine reveal the number of mines located in the adjacent eight fields. An uncovered field surrounded by mines on all sides will show an 8. By the numbers of the uncovered fields it is usually possible to find out the whereabouts of the mines. If you double-click with the left mouse button on a uncovered field, in whose neighborhood all mines are already marked or click on it with the left and right mouse button at the same time, the remaining fields are uncovered all at once. A special role is played by fields that have no mines in their neighborhood: On the one hand, these do not show a 0, but are displayed in a different color. On the other hand, all still hidden fields in your neighborhood are automatically uncovered. If such a newly uncovered field is also a zero field, this process is continued recursively.
At the start of the game and especially at the higher levels there are situations in which you can only guess under which field a mine is.
Destribution and variants
In MSN / Windows Live Messenger there is the possibility to play against a contact in the list. In this version of the game there are 51 mines distributed on the field, the first thing to do is to uncover 26 mines. One field is uncovered alternately; whoever finds a mine may uncover one more. In addition, each player has the option to detonate a bomb once in each game, which will reveal a 5x5 field of his choice completely at once (if the player is behind).
Do not mark mines (non-flagging - NF)
In this version of the game the player does not mark any mines. So you are not allowed to use the right mouse button during the game. You have won automatically, if you have cleared all fields, except the mined ones, with the help of the left mouse button. The difficulty of this game variant lies in the fact that you have to remember the identified mine positions.
In order to achieve best times on the beginner and advanced level, many professionals use this variant partially even on the whole playing field. Since the best times of the world's best players in the variant non-flagging are only slightly lower than their best times in the normal game and non-flagging is played less often, it can be assumed that non-flagging, although more difficult for the beginner, is not slower than flagging.
Since 2009, in addition to the official world ranking, which includes both flagging and non-flagging games, there is also an official ranking, which is exclusively reserved for non-flagging best times.
Increase mine density
Another difficulty is the increase of the mine density in the custom/user defined variant. The starting point is usually the largest playing field, which is occupied by 99 mines in the standard variant. Such a field can still be solved with some practice; however, times under 150 seconds require good practice.
However, clearing a square of this size becomes more difficult the more densely the square is occupied. Fields with 130 to 140 mines (28%) already have a very high degree of difficulty. Having even more mines laid already results in many failed attempts to get only a first approach to mine clearance.