Minesweeper has been a classic computer game since the nineties, and for good reason. In addition to giving you hours of entertainment, it also teaches you to think critically about processes and solve puzzles. Plus, it’s just plain fun to blow up squares! If you’re new to the world of Minesweeper, there are some things that experienced players have figured out over the years which will help you. Here are my top 6 tips for playing this tricky game well:
Always click random squares first.
As a beginner, you should always click random squares first. This means that you should click a square that looks like it’s safe to click and/or one that looks like it isn’t safe to click. The goal here is to reveal more of the board so that you can get a better idea of where all the bombs are hidden.
The way minesweeper works is by randomly placing bombs throughout the board in unseen squares, then showing you which ones are occupied by revealing those squares (with flags). If there’s only one bomb on your screen, clicking randomly won’t uncover any new bombs because they’ll all be hidden by other flags and mines. However, if there are multiple bombs on your screen and they’re not covered up with other flags or mines then clicking random tiles might reveal them! In this case we would say: “It was worth a shot!”
Only reveal one square at a time.
The best strategy for beginners is to use the “click a square, then click next” method. This will allow you to check each square one at a time without accidentally revealing a mine (which will end your game).
If you want to be extra careful, another tip is to continue clicking next even after you’ve revealed all of the squares in that column or row. You can do this by holding down the CTRL key on your keyboard while clicking or tapping any of the four arrow keys on your keyboard. Then when you release CTRL, only one square will be revealed at a time until all of them are uncovered!
Don’t guess… but sometimes guess.
The most important thing to know about minesweeper is this: don’t guess.
That may seem obvious, but it’s something that many people overlook when they’re first starting out. If there are only a few squares left, you should be able to see which ones are tempting you to guess and avoid them. But if there are more than one or two squares remaining, don’t waste time by guessing; just mark everything as safe until the very end.
But sometimes guessing is warranted:
- You should never guess if your square contains a mine (obviously). This can be avoided by eliminating all mines on the board before making any moves in your puzzle.
- You should never guess if your square contains a flag (again, obviously). This can be avoided by not clicking on flags and using flags for clues only when necessary for solving puzzles at later stages of gameplay when they become available (more on this later).
Save the corners for later.
You may have heard of this strategy before, but you should take it seriously. It makes sense that the corners are where most of the bombs are located and also have the lowest numbers of mines surrounding them. So why would you want to leave them for last?
In reality, saving corners is not only one of the most effective strategies in clearing minesweeper boards, but also helps you develop an eye for spotting bombs from a distance—which is important even if your goal isn’t to win a game! The reason why this strategy can be so helpful is because it allows us to build up confidence when we see how quickly our board begins to clear itself as each row falls into place.
So next time you play Minesweeper, start with the sides first and then move onto clearing out those pesky corners!
Stay calm and have fun!
The most important thing to remember when playing minesweeper is to stay calm and have fun! Take breaks if you need them, but keep playing. The game gets easier as you get better at it, trust me. If you find yourself getting frustrated, take a break and come back later with a fresh mindset! As long as there are still mines on the board that haven’t been flagged yet, there’s always something for you to do.
Have fun playing minesweeper!
Have fun playing minesweeper! If you’re wanting to make the game more enjoyable, try playing with a friend. You can also set up a timer and work your way through the board without stopping for anything else. Another suggestion is to play with strategy in mind—this means using the best tips from this article and others that you’ve learned elsewhere. It’s also fun to challenge yourself by setting goals like “I want to complete this board without going over time!” or “I will not touch any mines.”
Minesweeper is a great game that’s been around for years. It’s easy to learn, but it takes time and practice to master. Hopefully this blog post has helped you get started on your journey to becoming a Minesweeper expert!