# How to beat Minesweeper

## Step 1: The Basics

Before you jump into this, you need to know how the game actually works.
Contrary to popular belief, it's actually quite simply. Click a square, you get a number. That number is the number of how many mines are surrounding it. If you find the mine, you can open "unopened" squares around it, opening more areas.

Note when I say unopend, I mean unclicked, and when I say open, I mean clicked.

## Step 2: The Strategy

The Strategy is simple:

When the game first starts, click the four squares in the corner. This will open up a good amount of blocks (95% of the time)

Mark all the mines that are downright OBVIOUS. Such as eight 1's surrounding a unopened square, it's obviously a mine.

Next start finding the mines around other numbers, like in the picture shown below.

## Step 3: Tips + Hints

- Clicking both the left and right mouse buttons simultaneously over a number that already has it's mine(s)  found, will open all the blocks around it. This can save time. So, once you find all the mines around that number, click the right and left mouse buttons simultaneously.

- Finding the mines in 1 blocks helps a lot, because it opens many squares and good hints to 2's and 3's.

- Be careful. Only open blocks that you KNOW are safe.

- You will need to complete about 10 games until you get the hang of it, then you can complete for fast times!

Have fun!

Austin222 says: 9 months ago
So what could I have done here?
Austin222 in reply to Austin2229 months ago
Whoops forgot the pic.
HandyBob says: 3 years ago
So, you're saying that all I need to do is click the squares that are undeniably not a bomb, all the unidentifiable ones
el greeno says: 3 years ago
An easy tip for PC users is to click both right AND left mouse buttons TOGETHER on numbered squares.

If all possible 'mines' have been detected around that numbered square, the program will clear large areas of the map for you.

Give it a try, it's easier to see than say (write) apparently!