The classic minesweeper game is believed to have had its origins 1960s and 1970s when early computer users were encouraged to familiarize themselves with the 'drag and drop' feature of the newly developed mouse. The aim of the game object is to locate a pre-determined number of randomly-placed 'mines' in the shortest possible time by clicking on 'safe' squares while avoiding the squares with mines. Each minesweeper game starts out with the above grid of unmarked squares. After clicking one of these squares, some of the squares will disappear, some will remain blank, while some will be revealed to have numbers on them. It's your job to use those numbers to figure out which of the blank squares have mines beneath them and which are safe to click.
If you're a newbie to the game, don't panic when you click the first square as it won't have a mine underneath it. What will happen is a clearing of some of the board revealing other squares with numbers on them. Those revealed numbers signify the number of mines that are currently touching that square. So, for example, if there are two squares touching each other and one of the squares has '1' on it, you know that the square next to it has a mine beneath it. Now all you have to do is clear the minesweeper board without being blown up by any mines. Simples!
There are different control options depending on the type of device you are playing with so check in-screen for details. After you play this online classic minesweeper game, why not check out our other online classic games (click on the 'back' button below) or our puzzles that update daily that you can play by clicking on the 'Play Daily Games' link below or here.