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Old 03-13-2007, 09:26 PM   #16
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I have been obsessed with this game since a girl in college showed me how to play about 12 years ago. I think it worse than the bubble game.

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Old 03-14-2007, 02:54 AM   #17
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Originally posted by GibsonGirl

It's fairly easy once you understand how it works. For your benefit:

Click anywhere you like. I usually start in the corners. Unless you hit a mine on the first click, you will see a number / bunch of numbers come out. Here's the key: each number represents the number of mines hidden in the eight boxes surrounding it.

See the '1' on the top left? The two squares next to it are empty. The one below it is another number. The one directly to the right of it is a number. That means the un-clicked box HAS to contain the mine. So we right click it and flag it.

Next, we move on to the second '1' at the top of the box. Since it reads '1', we know there's one mine in the surrounding squares, and since the mine we previously flagged is in its radius, we know it's safe to click on those two on the right side.

Moving on a bit, you'll see that it isn't really as hard as it looks! Look at the '2-2-2-1' row. Focus on the 1. There's only one square in its 8 square radius that can possibly be clicked, so it MUST contain the mine. Right click. Then move to the '2' directly left of it. Since there are only two possible squares there to be clicked, they both have to contain the mines. And so on.

It only gets complicated if you have more options to work with. Focus on the '2-2-2-1' row again. Look at the first 2. You know there has to be two mines in the surrounding eight squares, but you have a choice of clicking three. So what do you do? You get your help from other squares. Look at the second 2. We already found the two mines, so it's safe to click on the square to the left of them. That's narrowed down the choice to two squares. Now look at the 1 directly above the 2. There's only one possible square to click on there, so it HAS to contain the mine. By right clicking on that square, you effectively satisfy the '1' and the '2.'

See, it's not so bad. Hope that helps!
See where i was going wrong.. i never understood what the numbers were for. Now there's no stopping me!

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Old 03-14-2007, 08:41 AM   #18
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Once I read that you need to finish EXPERT level within 80 seconds to be respected in minesweeper community..

Mine is 219...

One of these days I will get to 180s or 190s definitely...

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Old 03-14-2007, 04:20 PM   #19
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Must go play now
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Old 03-14-2007, 04:23 PM   #20
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Originally posted by GibsonGirl

I'm like a drug dealer providing for some kid's first cocaine hit.
The first one's free, then it's gonna cost you...

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Old 03-14-2007, 04:29 PM   #21
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I just learned how to play this game yesterday. My friends at school were screaming at me because I couldn't get it. I'm usually fine with these kinds of games but Minesweeper kicked my ass! I went home and I played it so I wouldn't look like an idiot next time. My best time on the beginner level is 45 seconds!!!! I suck.
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:35 PM   #22
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First time....after 5-6 attempts I was able to complete EXPERT in 650 seconds....That was 20 days back...

After couple of came down to 350 sec

Then 310 seconds...

These days 250 is common...Once I did it at 219

180s is achievable...after that next target under 150
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Old 03-20-2007, 06:47 AM   #23
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Anyway, I've never been good at Minesweeper. I can grasp the concept.. I just suck at it. If I had a record it would be in the negatives.
(And yes, I had to bump this. The temptation was too great )

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