History of the Minesweeper

Genesis

The Minesweeper Game has its origins in the first computer video games in the 1960s and 1970s, at a time when computers were in research laboratories or in large corporations. The first of its ancestors is Jerimac Ratliff's game Cube. This type of game quickly became popular in the "puzzle" game genre of the 1980's with titles such as Mined-Out (Quicksilva, 1983) or Yomp (Virgin Interactive, 1983). Cube was succeeded by Relentless Logic or Logic by Conway, Hong... and Smith for the MS-DOS platform as early as 1985: but a set of differences remains:

The game mechanics of the Minesweeper are included in a spectrum of other games such as the computer game Mole Control (developed by Remode) where the goal is to clean up a village. of an explosive mole infestation.

The best known version of the Minesweeper (and the one present on this site) was distributed by Microsoft as part of Windows 3.0 then Windows 95 and Windows XP.

The Controverse

From 2006 onwards, voices denouncing the distribution of the Minesweeper became louder and louder. For these people, the Minesweeper's game trivializes the problem of anti-personnel mines throughout the world. Microsoft offered consequently the possibility to replace the mines by flowers by renaming the game Flower Garden, the installation of Flower Garden gives place to the game of the Minesweeper being automatic if the user is in a geographical area where the anti-personnel mine problem is "sensitive".

Unfortunately from Windows 8 onwards, the game no longer integrates automatically with Microsoft Windows.

Nowadays, there are several variations of the Minesweeper game. While some remain faithful to the Windows version, others are more improved.

The classic version counts the number of seconds elapsed and allows you to put a flag on the squares that could potentially hide a bomb.icon-mine-history. The most modern versions sometimes add a time constraint or several mines in the same box. You then have a limited amount of time to finish the game without exploding a mine.

Nowadays, you can find the game Minesweeper with nice graphics and nice animations.