Computer logic game, popularized by its distribution with the Microsoft Windows operating system. Played on a grid of hidden cells, each of which may or may not contain a mine (unknown to the player). Clicking on an empty cell reveals the number of immediately adjacent mines, and clicking on a mine loses the game. The object is to determine the locations of all mines without ever clicking on a mine cell. This puzzle has been studied from a complexity point of view. In particular, the standard version (on a general-size board) is known to be NP-complete. See Richard Kaye's page in this category, his paper "Minesweeper is NP-complete," Mathematical Intelligencer, 22(2):9-15, 2000, and Ian Stewart's "Million-Dollar Minesweeper," Scientific American, 283(4):94-95, Oct. 2000.
World records and rankings, tips, cheats, articles and downloads
Windows shareware version where mines have different number values
Variation of Minesweeper with hexagonal grid. Java applet.
An improved minesweeper-clone that generates guaranteed-to-be-solvable puzzles (never guess anymore) and has a Murphy's law option (guessing causes failure), more boards, sound, load, save, undo.
Online clone with tournaments, head-to-head competition and a ranking
Windows implementation of minesweeper on the surface of a 3D polyhedron, with challenging new tilings, and many boards to choose from. World records maintained online using encrypted submission. Built-in auto-solver. Demo version available.
Java applet for testing computer strategies for playing minesweeper.
Papers about the computational complexity of Minesweeper, namely that the usual game is NP-complete and that an infinite variation is Turing-complete.
Encyclopedia article on Minesweeper.
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