We are going to play a puzzle game called Microsoft Minesweeper, which has been a component of Windows for more than twenty years now! You're undoubtedly already familiar with the rules, so let's get started with the game you already know and love—only this time, the visuals and sounds have been modernized.
Do you know that the game minesweeper has its roots in the early mainframe games that were played in the 1960s and 1970s? Indeed, it's that tired old game again! Let's get started with a simple problem and work our way up to a difficult one! To participate in this game, all you need is a mouse. Your objective is to locate mines and uncover empty squares in the shortest amount of time feasible. You win the game if you expose all of the squares that are not mined, and you lose if you step on a mine. The mine counter will inform you how many mines are still concealed on the board, and the timer will keep track of the amount of time it will take you to remove all of the mines. If all of the mines that touch a number have been marked, you can uncover it by either double-clicking the number, pressing both buttons at the same time, or by pressing the mouse wheel on it. By looking at the numbers, you can determine how many mines are touching the square. Be careful! And then use this information to figure out which neighboring squares can be safely uncovered. If you are unsure about a square, though, you may always click on the question mark if it is available. Have fun!