My Review of Minesweeper Collector
The Classic Game of Minesweeper
Minesweeper is the classic game of finding mines and marking numbers. Most people probably have played the Windows variant if they have heard of this game.
I remember trying the game myself as a kid and having no idea what I was doing. As an adult, I still had no idea until I learned the rules thoroughly.
Once I did understand how the game worked it became a huge favorite of mine and I spent a good amount of time playing the Windows 10 version.
But this review will be about an Android version of the game. Minesweeper Collector. I will explain my thoughts on the game.
Do You Know How to Play Minesweeper
What is Minesweeper
Minesweeper is played on a tile-based grid. The size depending on the difficulty. Most minesweepers games have an easy mode with about ten or so mines.
The more mines the harder the current round will be. Most variants have a mode with 99 mines. Very tricky! It is easy to make a mistake and it most cases all it takes is one to end the game.
The Goal of Minesweeper
The goal of Minesweeper depends on the variant you are playing. Some Minesweeper versions let you win by finding all of the spaces mines are not in. This rules out all possible locations where mines are and thus wins you the game.
I have seen some variants of minesweeper that require you mark all mines regardless of if you found all empty space or not.
Minesweeper Collector lets you win by just finding all of the empty space. A small detail I appreciate.
In any case, the goal of the game is to find all of the mines on the playing area with whatever means you can.
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The Numbers Mean Things
You normally start out by clicking a tile. Don't worry! I have yet to see a game in which you can lose with your first click. After that, some numbers and probably a little blank space will reveal itself.
You then use the information provided by the numbers to start marking mines. Each number tells you how many mines that number touches. The numbers will never lie so if you see a two that means it touches two mines in some way.
The game is actually pretty simple when you learn it. As an experienced player, the above screenshot already tells me a lot. I can see eight mines that I can mark.
Do you see them? It takes some practice. After playing for a while you start to sense patterns and learn tricks to mark even more mines.
So now that we know how to play let's talk about Minesweeper Collector.
How the Game Looks
Minesweeper Collector has a nice retro pixel art style. I like this simplistic style when done right. I know for some people this type of graphics is a turnoff but for me it is nice.
The animations are smooth and I have had no issues at all. When playing collector mode each section has neat artwork showing off various items you discover as you beat levels. It is fun to see all of the artwork.
Minesweeper Collector has the classic version which most people would recognize. In this version of the game, you have only one life and need to find all of the mines. You can use pets or items to make the game easier. More on both later.
The main game variant is Collector mode. You play episodes that have collections in them. The goal is to get each item in the collection to unlock them.
For example, in Episode One Natural Resources there is a gems collection. Each level is shaped like a gem and beating it unlocks that gem.
Each item has different difficulty levels. To unlock items it doesn't matter what difficulty you play. But if you are a completionist you can go back and play each item to beat all of the difficulty levels it has. Once you complete a collection you get a key and you use keys to unlock future episodes.
An Example of a Collection
What Pets and Items Are
You can optionally use items and pets to make the game easier. You unlock pets by beating specific sets of levels and spending some coins.
The pets then have an option to show up when you play. Pets offer you certain options to make the current round easier.
The game has several items. Items can do things like mark a few mines or open up blank spaces.
You use your coins to buy new items. You have a chance of getting some items for free each round though. There are also chances for coins and chests to appear with goodies inside them.
Overall both of these options are a nice way to make the sometimes unforgiving game of Minesweeper somewhat easier.
The game also has an online mode. Everything in online mode is completely separate from the main game. In this mode, you work together with other people to mark mines on massive sized maps.
How Online Mode Works
In this mode, you can not make mistakes as if you do the game corrects it and penalizes you by damaging you.
You have health points in this mode. If you run out of health the game kicks you out of the map until you have one life point again.
This prevents you from just spamming and guessing. Health slowly regenerates over time.
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How to Defeat the Competition
You collect gems and coins for various reasons. The gems boost your score and rank and the coins let you upgrade skills.
The skills make playing online mode somewhat easier by slowly improving various small quality of life improvements.
The goal is to mark many mines and be better than everyone else! Well to me anyways. I love this mode as it is a nice change of pace and the maps are so huge I can mark mines for hours (I get bored on some weekends).
The game keeps track of how many mines you mark. Mark more mines and upgrade your gems and you rank higher in the leaderboards.
Overall the online mode is a fun addition to have and even if you do not like it it is completely optional.
Overall Minesweeper Collector is a well-done variant of Minesweeper. It is my favorite variety and I play it often.
If you are curious to give it a try here is a link to the Google Play page. Note the game does have a one time in APP purchase to upgrade to Premium.
I would recommend this game very much as the developers have put in a good amount of effort to stand out from other simple Minesweeper Clones.
Anybody who plays games on GooglePlay knows about the low effort clones and copycat APPs. I applaud developers who put in the effort to stand out.
What Do You Think
What are your thoughts? Do you like Minesweeper? Would you try this game? Any other mobile games you like? Post this in the comments.
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