Review by Blackjack4x

"A really basic game, but....... still a little fun"

Yep, Minesweeper IS a really simple game. The concept: you arepresented with a screen consisting of little blocks. You click ona block to uncover it, and when you do, you'll find one of twothings: a mine, which means you lose, or a number. The number refersto the number of mines contained in the eight squares (or less)that surround the numbered square. For example, a square in a cornerhas three touching squares: to both sides and one diagonal. If thenumber 2 is revealed, it means that 2 of these 3 squares containmines. The object of the game is to uncover all the numbers whileuncovering no mines. To do so takes brains and some patience as well.Options include a difficulty setting, and a custom option whichlets you choose you many mines are on the field, and how big thefield is.

Graphics: 3/10

OK...... the graphics aren't bad, it's just that they're simple:that's how they're supposed to be. So I can't give them a goodscore, but a bad score doesn't seem right. I would say N/A, but Ilike to give a numerical ranking to every category.......

Sound: 1/10

Now, here's where N/A would definitely apply. There are no soundsin this game, literally. No music. No sound effects.

Gameplay: 7/10

The game can be addicting, though not as much as Tetris. Still, itdoes have a certain charm to it. The game originally seems easy,but don't be fooled: it takes some brains to beat a level. Thefrustration factor is not particularly high, and you set thechallenge yourself by customization. Still, one negative would have to be the lack of depth. Even though you can play this gamefor some time, you will have seen everything it really has to offerafter the first five minutes.

Replay: 8/10

Well, replay value is the point of the game. Pretty fun to playagain, but it seems more like one of those games you play to killfive minutes, or if you're bored on an airplane trip.

Overall: 5/10

A copy of the game is included with Windows, so you know it can'tbe THAT deep. Still, you may be surprised to find out that itisn't really a bad game. If you like mind games, you will frequentlyfind yourself taking a few minutes to play a quick game of Minesweeper.

Reviewer's Rating:   2.5 - Playable

Originally Posted: 11/01/99, Updated 11/01/99

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