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Minehunt

 

The game of Minehunt (also called minesweep, minesweeper, minefield, bombsquad etc.) was originally a game included with Microsoft Windows.  I failed to find out who invented it.

The game is sufficiently simple that it is easy to explain in a few sentences and it is sufficiently complex that it has interesting strategies.  I find it may also be a good example to demonstrate several ideas in beginner's programming courses. 

I tried to find an algorithm that will score reasonably well.  To do this, I had to write my own version of the game, and you can download this (Mac OS X only) (an attempt at a Windows version is there too, but I can't guarantee it looks nice as I have not had enough time).  You can inspect the code.

Note that I still have not implemented the "Solve" button!

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