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Minesweeper is a popular and addictive game that tests your strategic thinking ability. It offers fun and engaging gameplay for players of all levels of experience. Here, you can play both the Classic Minesweeper and Infinite Minesweeper versions for freeInfinite Minesweeper is a variant of the classic game that is not limited to the traditional fixed grid of cells but can be expanded to play endlessly.

Variations

Minesweeper grew in popularity during the 1990s, with different game versions being launched. There are hours of enjoyment to be had exploring these two contrasting variations.

Classic Minesweeper

Classic Minesweeper screenshot

This traditional game version presents the player with a fixed grid of smaller grey cells. Each cell conceals a mine or a number that reveals how many adjacent cells contain a mine. There are three levels of difficulty to choose from: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert. The increased size of the grid and the number of mines reflect the increase in game difficulty.

Infinite Minesweeper

Infinite Minesweeper screenshot

As the name of this variation suggests, the play grid allows for an endless expansion of the game as new territory is revealed. Opening the grid and discovering free Minesweeper cells earns the player points, added to the ‘Score’ in the top right-hand corner. There are five different difficulty levels, starting from Beginner and moving up to Deathmatch. The ‘High Score’ shows the best achievement in the game at that level, and this can be reset in ‘Settings’ as required.

Difference Between Infinite and Classic

The main differences between these two variations are the nature of the game board and how success in the game is measured. With Classic Minesweeper, the grid has a fixed shape and size depending on the difficulty level selected (for example, Beginner is an 9×9 grid). In contrast, free Infinite Minesweeper has a minefield that can expand without limit, requiring a fluid and responsive strategy that reflects the changing territory.

Success in the Classic game is achieved by safely revealing the entire fixed grid, which can be measured by the time taken on the timer. With Infinite Minesweeper, scoring while avoiding mines and achieving high scores is the measure of achievement.

How to Play

Minesweeper is a straightforward game to learn and play. However, having a firm grasp of the gameplay, rules, and objectives makes for a more satisfying player experience.

Key Controls

Minesweeper can be played on both a desktop or mobile device, and it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the different functions and controls.

Desktop:

The following controls are used when playing Minesweeper on a computer utilizing a mouse or mousepad.

Mobile (Touchscreen):

These are the main controls to use when playing Minesweeper on a mobile device with a touchscreen interface (for example a smartphone or tablet).

How to Start a New Game

To restart the game when playing Classic Minesweeper, click on the ‘New’ or the ‘Smile’ emoticon). When playing the Infinite version, click the button in the top left corner to start a new game.

What Do the Numbers Mean?

The figure on numbered cells indicates how many bordering cells (both adjacent and diagonally) contain mines. For example, a blue ‘1’ means the cell has a single mine on its border. Similarly, a green ‘2’ means a cell has two mines on its borders.

Difficulty Levels

The range of difficulty levels available for both games allows players to build their skills while providing an ongoing challenge as they progress.

Classic Minesweeper

There are three difficulty levels to explore in the Classic variation of the game.

Infinite Minesweeper

Infinite Minesweeper offers five difficulty levels that enable players to grow their skills with this inherently challenging variation. There is also the addition of ‘Things’ on the grid, which can add to the complexity of the strategic puzzle.

Game Objective

The aim of Minesweeper is, in the shortest possible time, to reveal all cells on the grid without clicking and activating a mine. In Classic Minesweeper, the goal is to complete the grid successfully in the fastest time. Infinite Minesweeper aims to reveal the expanding play grid without setting off mines while accumulating Score points.

First Steps in the Game

Follow these tips to make starting to play free Minesweeper as successful and enjoyable as possible.

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