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Sponsored Game Review: Minesweeper Puzzle

May 26, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

DescriptionMinesweeper Puzzle is, just as you imagined, a Minesweeper game for Android. It’s been updated, obviously, from the game that we all used play on our old Windows PCs, but the essence of the game remains. With three difficulty levels on offer, even the most ardent puzzle gamers will find a good challenge in Minesweeper Puzzle. The frustrating game that made you use math skills is back and looks better than ever. The question is though, will an old game with a fresh new face be enough to offer a new game for Android users? Read on to see.

How it Works: First of all, you’ll need to download Minesweep Puzzle to your Android smartphone or tablet and then you can choose a difficult level.

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The different difficulties do vary quite a bit. Easy games have 81 squares with 10 mines hidden, Medium games jump to 256 squares and 40 mines and Hard games will test your skills with 480 squares hiding 99 mines. Thankfully, you’re told just how to play the game when you choose a difficulty.

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Playing the game is pretty simple, but don’t let that fool you. You’ll need to really knuckle down and tax your brain into working out which is the next right square or place to put a flag.

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Coming across a bomb will of course end your run.

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You can take a look at your stats whenever you like, which is a good way of finding out how well you’re doing.

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Opinion: I’m not really very good at Minesweeper, and I never have been, ever since I used to play it a Windows 3.11 machine as a kid. Still, I enjoyed being able to pickup an old classic like this and give it another go. The rules and such are laid out pretty well, and the game itself runs great. It’s a shame that there isn’t any move visual flare added here, but it’s far from a bad looking game. It looks good on tablets, too so you can see a good portion of those larger boards. The three difficulty levels make it easy for the vast majority of players out there to find something they’re comfortable as well, which is important.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – Everything ran fine as I was playing it, and your time is recorded, giving you one more stat to overcome.
  • Features (3/5) – Unfortunately, this is more of a simple remake of the old game, rather than a reworking of the original game, but if that’s what you want then this is a good option.
  • Theme (4/5) – While not the best looking game out there, it looks good on tablets as well as smartphones and there’s little to complain about when it comes to looks.
  • Overall (3.5/5) – This is essentially Minesweeper for Android, which is great for those just wanting to play it, but it would have been nice to see some added features as well.

Pros

  • Easy to get to grips with and start playing, even if you’ve never played Minesweeper before.
  • Works on well on tablets, not just smartphones.
  • Different difficulties are a real nice touch, and will give those particularly good at Minesweeper an extra challenge.
  • Great for those looking for a Minesweeper experience on smartphones of today.

Cons

  • Visual flare is a little lacking.
  • Doesn’t bring any new features to the game.

Conclusion: It’s a simple offering, but Minesweeper Puzzle might be just what you’re looking for, especially if you miss the good old days of being able to fire up minesweeper whenever you like. It’d be nice to see some extra flare on the visual side of things, but it’s not a bad looking game and will be great for those looking to play a nostalgic game once again. For those that have never played the game before, but have heard of this strange game from the mouths of their parents, Minesweeper Puzzle is a good way of trying something completely different.

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