Review by HisDudeness

"You may think that it's good because it's free, but WAIT!!! There's MORE!!!!"

Usually when you hear someone say something’s free, you think either:
A)This guy is stupid
B)Like I’m going to fall for another one of those offers!!! Or,
C)It’s a piece of crap!!!

Yes, it’s hard these days to say anything free is good. Like they say, a penny saved is a penny earned, and a penny will earn you absolutely nothing. Well, at least one thing in this world is free (Well, it comes with a spiffy new computer.), and good. It’s a little game called minesweeper, and it can be dang good fun if you’re waiting for something.

Graphics-What you see is what you get. You get a board of squares with varying settings on how many mines there are, and a little smiley face that will don sunglasses when you win the game. There is also a black and white setting, but I wouldn’t recommend it, since all it does is make it a dark blur. The only real thing that it has to show off is a little dance that is done by a bunch of soldier dudes if you win or lose. But hey, this isn’t supposed to be some big budget game, just a small little time-consumer.

Gameplay-Well, it has some pretty good stuff for passing the time. You get to have 3 difficulty settings: Easy, Intermediate, and Hard. They also have varying mine settings: 10, 40, and 99 respectively. In order to win, you have to either figure out where all the mines are, or, to make it easier, you can put on the flags feature so you can mark the mines. The way you find these mines is by clicking away at the numbered boxes. The numbers tell you how many mines are touching it, like 2 mines will be touching a little 2, and so on. Your job is to figure out what are the 2 boxes that have mines, and so forth with the rest of the board. It takes a lot of mind and luck. And, you are also trying to go for the fastest time each time you play, so get those clicking fingers set! Now, say you want to build up your skill level to tackle that daunting task of defeating the expert level. Luckily, there is a cool little custom feature for making your own minefields, so you can practice for the big time, or make your own courses. This adds a lot to the replay factor. An overall fun experience.

Difficulty-As I said before, there are 3 settings, or you can make your own. But, the only killer is that there is a big jump between the intermediate and the expert levels, so it goes from easy to way hard. But luckily they added in that little custom feature, or you’d be left behind.

Replay Value-With the custom feature, this makes for one you’ll want to play over and over again. Plus, you’ll always be trying to beat your best time. This is one you’ll keep on turning on.

Overall: 8/10

Just remember, if you’re stuck downloading a demo, or you haven’t bought any games yet, this is a fun game to start out with. So, just sit back, and remember the lesser games out there that were not made for big money. Because remember, sometimes things that are free are good.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 01/08/01, Updated 01/13/01

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