How to Play Minesweeper- Beginners Guide

If you have already come across this post, then I can understand that you have been facing difficulty playing Minesweeper. It was tough at first, we were finally able to crack the gameplay to a certain level. So, this is a short tutorial on “How to Play Minesweeper”.

Minesweeper is a game about learning patterns using the process of elimination. Well, if you are a Windows user, then you can understand how difficult it had been to play minesweeper in the early version of the Windows Operating system. As of now, it does not come pre-installed in Windows 10 but you can download the remastered version from the store.

After failing like 100’s of times in this game, we were FINALLY able to understand it (not mastered of course). It surely isn’t a difficult game, so you can learn as well and may never lose again at it. 

In order to win the game, you must reveal all the squares that DO NOT contain a mine, whether you flag them or not is a matter of personal preference. If a mine is revealed, the player loses.

So, here we go with the step by step guide on how to play Minesweeper the easy way.

How to Play Minesweeper for Beginners

There are certain terms and tips that we will be discussing before we can get on with the game. Many of you have already played but some are not familiar with how things go. So, keeping everything in mind, here we go.

Step 1: Understanding the Basics

There are terms that you need to be familiar with before we can even start with how to play Minesweeper.

Important Terms:

  1. Numbers: When you left-click on the blocks and get a number, it indicates the number of mines there is around that block. 
  2. Flag: A Flag is put up on the block when you are confirmed that there is a mine in it. We use the right mouse button for this.
  3. Smiley Face: You can click on it to reset the game.
  4. Question Mark: When you are not sure whether the square or the block is a mine or just number, simply right-click on it twice to create a question mark to come back at it later. IF

The basics are very clear and it needs complete focus. It is not just a strategic game but also pure luck. So, if anyone you hear trying to tell them as an expert, well juts remember it is all on luck.

For starters, you can simply click on the squares on the four corners. It is most likely and most of the time they do not contain the mines. If you are not sure about it you can pick the square right in the middle for a headstart. It would look something like this if you are in good luck.

Step 2: The Logic and More on how to play minesweeper

Moving on, you need to know how you should calculate and understand which box could be the safe one to go for.

Well, the minesweeper can contain as many numbers as around. Mostly you will find a “5” number on the square boxes indicating five mines around it. You need to look at the 8 squares around them that are in contact with the numbered box. You can check out in the example below.

In the below picture, we will mark our first mine by understanding the logic behind this. Well, highlighted 1 in the square at the bottom. It has eight squares around it including the gray area. The “1” indicates that among the 8 squares, it only has 1 mine around it. The only left square untouched will be marked as Flag to indicate it is a mine.

How to Play Minesweeper- Step 2

Moreover, you can also notice that the square beside the highlighted box also has a “1” number on it. The eight squares around it have 2 untouched boxes among which one is already flagged with complete surety. So, now it is safe to click on the one beside the flag.

How to Play Minesweeper- Step 2.1

Step 3: Making the right Guesses

As you may have got a clear idea of how this game is pure strategical and focus. If you really want to master this, you need to put yourself out there and go with your instinct in some cases. It may always not be possible that you get the perfect guess. But once you keep on trying, everything will fall into place.

Let’s check out another image to help make the right guesses when needed.

So, as you can see we do not have the middle square picked out first and it turns out it already is a mine. Moving on, if we reach this point, in the first part of the image, the “3” in the square indicates it has three bombs around it that is in the 8 of the squares. Since out of the eight only three are left untouched, we can mark all of them like a flag.

The Minesweeper Basics- Step 1

To check the “2” on the right side of the “3” has also covered the bomb areas similarly by which we can conclude those boxes are indeed the mines. Always make sure to check out all the “1” before going for the higher number. It will make the task easier.

To carry on, you can follow the process further for other squares as shown in the 2nd part of the picture.

Step 4: You have finally got this!!

Only a few squares are now left which will be super easy to work on. Let’s see. So, the highlighted one makes the entire difference. Since there is only a single square left unmarked that indicates it is a mine. Flag it instantly and all the others around it are numbers. You check by this method and verify it.

The Minesweeper Basics

Also, once you have won, the smiley on the top will wear its shades on

If at all you get stuck somewhere and get caught in the mine, you can simply click on the smiley to refresh the game from the start.

How to Download Minesweeper on your PC

As all the windows users are aware that Minesweeper comes preinstalled in all the versions of Microsoft Windows 7 and Vista. So, you just need to learn how to play it from the above steps. For other versions of the Windows operating system, you can keep following the steps below.

1. For Windows 8 and 8.1 (PC and touchscreen)

So, as per the new guidelines by Microsoft, you will no longer get the minesweeper game preinstalled on the system. But it is very easily available on the play store or you can download it from the web through the official site.

Method 1: Through the Microsoft Store

  1. Press Windows + Q on your keyboard to open the store.
  2. Type Minesweeper in the search option.
  3. Select the “Microsoft Minesweeper” for the traditional version.Minesweeper Windows 8:8.1
  4. Minesweeper will start downloading and installing it on your system.Minesweeper WIndows 8:8.1
  5. Open the game from your desktop. And Enjoy!

Method 2: Using the Official Microsoft Site

Minesweeper

  1. Visit Microsoft Official Site here.
  2. Click on the Get option and sign in to Microsoft Account.
  3. Minesweeper will not start downloading on your system
  4. It is ready to play on your Windows 8/8.1 operating system.

2. For Windows 10 (PC and touchscreen)

Please follow the steps below to enjoy the ever traditional game on your Windows 10 operating system for free.

Windows 10

Method 1: Through the Microsoft Store

  1. Press Windows + Q on your keyboard to open the store.
  2. Type Minesweeper in the search option.Minesweeper Download Windows 10
  3. Select the “Microsoft Minesweeper” from the list.Download Minesweeper
  4. Minesweeper will start downloading and installing it on your system.Download Windows 10
  5. Open the game from your desktop. And Enjoy!

Method 2: Using the Official Microsoft Site

Minesweeper Windows

  1. Visit Microsoft Official Site here.
  2. Click on the Get option and sign in to Microsoft Account.
  3. Minesweeper will not start downloading on your system
  4. It is ready to play on your Windows 10 operating system.

Verdict- How to Play Minesweeper

It was this simple to download and install this classic strategic game on your computer systems. I guess you have by now understood how to play minesweeper. There cannot be an any better way to understand the game or any special trick to crack the game.

Also, the Minesweeper game has 2 other default grids: Intermediate (16×16, 40 mines) and Advanced (30×30, 99 mines). Difficulty increases as the grid get bigger, with 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 numbered squares appearing. The difficulty may increase but the process is the same as we have explained above. 

If you have been unable to understand any part of this process or anything else regarding the download and install. Do not hesitate to comment below.

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