The board is divided into cells, with mines (bombs) randomly distributed. To win, you need to open all the cells without the bombs.

The number on a cell once clicked shows the number of bomb adjacent to it.  This indicates how many of the eight spaces adjacent to the cell (spaces around the cell) have bombs.

  • If this number would be 0, it is instead blank and automatically clicks all the adjacent spots for you. Meaning, if you open a square with no neighboring bombs, all its neighbors will automatically open which can cause a large area to open up quickly.
  • If the number is 1 it means 1 bomb is touching the 8 adjacent spaces
  • If the number is 2 it means 2 bombs are touching the 8 adjacent spaces
  • If the number is 3 it means 3 bombs are touching the 8 adjacent spaces
  • etc

You have to guess which spots have bombs. Using this information, you can determine cells that are safe, and cells that contain bombs. 

The first square you open is never a mine. 

Cells suspected of being mines can be marked with a flag as a reminder using the right mouse button.  Click one for the flag and once again to get rid of the flag. 

You lose if you set off a bomb cell .  Meaning once you encounter a mine, all other mines will be shown and the game is over. 

Number of bombs: 10

Time taken: 0 minutes, 0 seconds

World records:

  • Easy level 1 second
  • Intermediate 6 seconds
  • Expert 27 seconds

The rough requirements for a country ranking on minesweeper are:

  • Easy level 6 seconds
  • Intermediate 35 seconds
  • Expert 99 seconds

Good times to aim for are considered as:

  • Easy level 15 seconds
  • Intermediate 50 seconds
  • Expert 100 seconds

Until times of 80 or 90 seconds on Expert it's mostly about learning all the patterns and recognizing them faster. Try to click as efficiently as possible. 

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