TG-Music Minesweeper

Minesweeper, a game that many of us associate with the early days of personal computing, has evolved significantly from its origins to become a classic puzzle game loved by millions. Its seemingly simple premise — clear a grid of squares without detonating any hidden mines — hides a complex challenge that has addicted poor players for decades.

A Brief History

The origins of Minesweeper trace back to the 1960s and 1970s with games like "Mined-Out" serving as early inspirations. However, it was the version that Microsoft included with Windows 3.1 in the early 1990s that catapulted Minesweeper to global recognition. Designed as a tool to teach users mouse navigation — specifically, left and right clicking — it quickly became a beloved procrastination aid.

Windows Versions

The most famous version of Minesweeper was included with Windows 95, showcasing improved graphics and user experience over its predecessors. This version set the standard for the game, with its simple yet engaging gameplay making it a staple on PCs worldwide.

With the advent of Windows Vista and Windows 7, Minesweeper received aesthetic upgrades and new features, including hints, the ability to save games, and leaderboards. However, it was removed from default installations starting with Windows 8, marking the end of an era. Users could still download it via the Windows Store, but it was clear that Minesweeper's status as an integral part of Windows was changing.

Digital Renaissance

Today, Minesweeper thrives in various forms, both officially through Microsoft's versions on the Windows Store and through countless adaptations on mobile devices and web platforms. These versions often expand on the classic gameplay with new modes, challenges, and social features, demonstrating the game's enduring appeal.

Competitive Minesweeper Gaming

Perhaps surprisingly, Minesweeper has a competitive scene. Players compete to clear grids in the shortest time possible, with categories for different grid sizes and mine densities. Websites like Minesweeper Online host global leaderboards, and there are even world championships. This competitive aspect highlights the game's skill-based nature, contrary to the common perception of Minesweeper as purely a game of chance.

Competitive Minesweeper requires not only quick thinking and decision-making but also a deep understanding of probabilities and patterns. Top players are able to make lightning-fast calculations about the safest squares to click, turning each game into a high-stakes puzzle. This has gone so far, that windows versions are no longer accepted for WR leaderboards, as there a too many bugs, cheats and solvers.


From its humble beginnings as a simple operating system add-on, Minesweeper has grown into a gaming phenomenon. Its transition from a tool for learning mouse navigation to a competitive sport is a testament to its depth and enduring popularity. Whether you're reminiscing about the classic Windows version or diving into the modern competitive scene, Minesweeper remains a fascinating study in the appeal of simple, strategic gameplay.

My minesweeper

In the late 1990s I was studying to become a practical nurse, and in the nursing school we had a competitive minesweeper "club". It wasn't a proper club, just a few of us playing the game more than normal people would. We used windows 3.1 version, as that was the operating system in school computers. It was really fun, and it went so far that I changed the order of mouse buttons, as it was faster to flag mines and do chording with left button (index finger) while keeping the right button pressed down.

I never planned to make a minesweeper, but I recently had a conversation with a friend about windows entertainment packs and that sparked an idea. So here's another "average at best" attempt to write a minesweeper. Again, my version is not a 1:1 clone, and there is no point in making one. This was my unplanned exercise with color palettes, as it was surprisingly difficult to figure out an eye friendly color scheme without just copying some existing version of the game.

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