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Minehunt: Rules

 

The game consists of locating a number of bombs or mines in a field, without "stepping" on them.  The field is represented as a grid of square cells; each cell is either safe or hides a bomb.  The bombs have been placed at random by the program and at the start all cells are "covered", i.e. you do not know anything.  You make a move by clicking on a cell.

If the cell contains a bomb, you lose.

If not, the program uncovers the cell and the cell shows a number that tells you how many bombs are located in the adjoining cells.  This is the only information you will get.  Since each cell has 8 neighbours (except the cells at the edges) the number of bombs in the adjoining cells can be between 0 and 8.

Your task is to locate all the bombs by planting a flag on their cells.  You plant a flag by option-clicking (or some other key combination depending on your OS).  The program remains a passive accountant of your moves but does not take any action.  You win when all bombs have been located correctly and all other cells have been uncovered.

We see here a version of the game that has a grid of 13x8 cells.  We are to locate 20 bombs.

This version also allows you some extra "lives" so that the game does not end immediately after you step on a bomb, but this is irrelevant for any strategy.

 

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