How to Win at Minesweeper Without Cheating!!!




this is an instructable teaching you how to win the game of mine sweeper...

Step 1: Click Alot

this isnt as lame as it sounds...just click untill a fair portion of the board is the chainge between pictures 1 and 2 =]

Step 2: Click Alot

this isnt as lame as it sounds...just click untill a fair portion of the board is the chainge between pictures 1 and 2 =]

Step 3: Now Dubble Click...

This is the secret to winning mine have to click with both mouse buttons, on any of the exposed numbers. What this does is show where all of the possible mines for that number would be. if a number 1 for example has a mine next to it and there is an un clicked square next to it, you can click on the 1 with both mouse buttons and any squares contradicting it will disappear...I know that it wasn't a very good explanation, but try it and see what I mean. The read circle in the picture is the square showing where a mine can go... the 1 (circled in green) is the square that i was clicking on with both of my mouse buttons.

Step 4: Alternate Meathod!

for this next meathod all you have to do is make the size of the playing board bigger using coustom. the downside, you may ask, you dont get on the high scores list.

Step 5: Cheating

alright, if you really do want to cheat minesweeper, then type in this before you start playing : xyzzy (now while holding shift), what this des is make the very upermost pixel of the screen turn black while you are over a mine. you have to look very closely to see it but it is there.


if you are having trubble keeping up with the timer, click on the smilyface but do not let go of the mouse. then drag the mouse to where you want to click next then relese and click...WARNING, if you let go while on the smialy face it will restart your dont do that...good day




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    Question 24 days ago

    i tried the xyzzy thing and i don't think it worked. i have no idea where to look. can someone help me if anyone still plays minesweeper in 2019 lol

    Mark Rehorst

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I gave up playing minesweeper a long time ago after I realized that most of the time whether you win or lose comes down to a guess. You may as well just flip a coin and save the extra time spent clearing off the stuff that doesn't require a guess.

    4 replies

    I understand that, but after you've cleared away most of the mines, it frequently comes down to a guess because there is not enough information to know where the last mine is located. It is having to guess that is the problem. After you've spend all that time and brain energy figuring out where the mines are, to have it come down to a coin toss renders the game pointless. A simple change to the games coding would ensure that it is never necessary to guess.

    No, in the end it nearly(? always?) always comes down to a guess (at least with the minesweeper included in MS OSes).

    Try playing large games a few times and see if you ever clear the last mine without guessing where the last mine is.


    12 years ago

    Hmm.. didn't work for me- I still suck at the game!

    8 replies

    Reply 11 years ago

    Mind Sweeper is a logic game. Here is an ascii example:
       [1]   [2][A][2]   [2][B][2][1][2][C][F][E][D]We know the top [1] has one mine around it so we know[A] has a mine, and therefore [B] has a mine because the [2] next to it must have 2 mines. It is similar logic like that, that allows you to win the game. I think that is what Magicfap was trying to imply, but I thought&aposd I just clarify.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    If everybody knew how to play . . . then how would people like us show off our scores =D


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Windows Minesweeper is not a very good game because not all games are solvable without luck. Actually, most of them require luck so you don't hit a mine at the first click. Also, once part of the game has been revealed, not always you can deduce all the mines without more luck.

    However, you can find a very good implementation of minesweeper at Simon Tatham's Portable Puzzle Collection. This version ensures that the puzzle is solvable just by deductions, no luck involved. There are other nice puzzles there, but talking about them would be off-topic. :)

    3 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    You see the 1 implies that there is only 1 mine around it. The 1 under the mine implies that there is only one mine in the 8 boxes around it, since the mine has already been marked, the other box can be opened.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    it has to be the top right, if it was the left the 1 on the left of the 2 would be a 2.