Fine Sweeper is a Minesweeper variant with additional features such as a campaign mode, “classic mode”, item drops, leader-boards, and achievements.
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Very Positive (210 reviews) - 84% of the 210 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 25, 2015

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Version 1.2 introduces a brand new scoring system and features new special abilities. Save up on extra-lives in the Bank of Hearts and reap the rewards such as auto-flagging or securely opening tiles. Players who pride themselves in good memory and fast sweeping skills get the points they deserve and new challenges they seek. Fine Sweeping!

About This Game

Fine Sweeper is a re-envisioning of the good old casual game we’re all familiar with since Windows 3.11 came along, and we collectively sunk millions of productive hours into an ugly little thing called Minesweeper. Still itching for a fix but you can’t look at the hopelessly outdated and functional presentation any more? Now there’s cure: Fine Sweeperinherits and expands upon the best traits of the genre.

Players who just randomly clicked tiles open in past and never got the addictive rules have the option to learn the mechanics with a little tutorial slideshow. Seasoned players can test their abilities in the “Classic Mode” without extra-lives. Or set up your game independent from the campaign mode to either be a stroll in the park or a dash Through the Fire and Flames.

The campaign offers levels increasing in difficulty and size of the playing field while staying true to the core mechanics. It offers newcomers and veterans a challenge without the game being unfair, item drops will help you progress, and a little mishap near the end doesn’t mean “Game Over” right away.

Further, Fine Sweeper is now integrated into Steam: There are 18 + 1 achievements waiting to be unlocked, global and local leaderboards, your progress and settings will be synced with the Steam Cloud so you can keep progressing no matter where you are.

Please note: Fine Sweeper won’t guarantee guessing-free boards, there’s always an element of luck involved to progress (especially on higher levels), still your first click remains always safe.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280×720 minimum resolution, 512 MB Video RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
The trailer says - Waste time like it's 92 - and you know what? This game as great as it was when you were playing Minesweeper 20 years go. Srsly, personally i always liked minesweeper more than solitary, and i was pretty screptical about this game but:

+Visuals: Very nice design of the levels, colorful, every some levels it changes the color paletter so you wont get bored, various settings, mmmm :3
+Gameplay: 1st of all the gameplay is a bit improved all around but not as much so you wont say it that this game is too casual or different from original. You have a campaing to advance through multiple levels with increasing difficulties, you have a lot of achievements to beat, you can play with or without lives so if you fиck up on the last cornered mines you can continue playing. I like everything about this game seriously. All the old features like flags and left+right click detections are still here :)
+Sound work is okay
+Steam cards
+Steam achievements

So overall i enjoyed everything in this game and its also cheap AF AND it goes on sale sometimes so with the cards price you can obtain this gem nearly free.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
129.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Damn, this is an addictive and frustrating game.

I love it.
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46 of 51 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 30, 2015
Fine Sweeper is a superb Minesweeper variant, with great Steam integration: leaderboards, achievements, and trading cards. The game mechanics are similar to what you remember from the old Windows Minesweeper games, but with updated twists. A campaign mode has levels that get progressively harder, with cumulative scoring and timing. There are item drops, and you have the option to play in classic mode (in which hitting a mine will end the game and restart from the first level) or a mode in which you have multiple "lives" in which to carry on playing even if you hit an occasional mine. All of this is packaged in a slick interface, at least comparatively. Not everything is brand new though, it's every bit as addictive as the original.
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48 of 74 people (65%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2015
My favourite game from Windows XP.
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2015
Minesweeper: Evolved
Minesweeper 2K15
Minesweeper 2

Whichever way you may view this game, it definitely builds upon the original Windows game, Minesweeper. Although not a direct sequel, it keeps with the spirit of the original, adding many more features, options, challenges, achievements, steam high scores and much more.

I supported this Indie Dev for $2. That's one Cheeseburger I don't mind missing out on.
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26 of 37 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 25, 2015
Saw this game on Steam and instantly picked it up being a huge Minesweeper fan. Started playing and the music came on. It's very well done and catchy, though this and the sound effects can be muted. There is a life system in this game that I love. Instead of completing most of the puzzle then losing, you just lose a heart. Hearts and more heart slots can be found throughout the game, though picking them up is optional. There's a custom area where you can create your own levels and the main leveling system that progressively gets harder. Also because the dev is amazing, now on your first move, you get an area opened instead of just one block. Love the dev and it's a great game!
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
54.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2015
It's a good Minesweeper remake! There are dozens of levels now instead of just three, Steam leaderboards to show off with, and the options and controls are just like how you remember them. (Plus, it's got a nice background track that sounds roughly like a cat playing Team Fortress 2.)

That being said, Minesweeper is much more boring than I remember it. It's mostly just a game of matching: spotting which numbers on the board are equal to the amount of adjacent tiles or flagged mines. The only real puzzle aspect to Minesweeper comes when you've spotted all the possible matches, and the only way to progress is to use some deductive reasoning on the remaining numbers. But no matter how hard you try, if there are too many mines clustered together in the wrong way, you're eventually going to have to start guessing, and that's ultimately Minesweeper's biggest downfall.

Luckily, Fine Sweeper gives you lives, so you can step on multiple mines on a level and still keep going. This introduces a completely new skill to the game: when stuck in a guessing situation, instead of just clicking and hoping you don't die, you have to pick the option that would give you the most useful information in a single click. It's a pretty nice touch and it feels like a good evolution of the game of Minesweeper.

But eventually the game starts cranking up the number of mines, enough to remind you of that one time you thought it would be hilarious to make a custom Minesweeper game with the maximum amount of mines, and then soon realized it was completely pointless and impossible. Despite the designer's attempts to balance the difficulty, it's inevitable in Minesweeper that you're going to have to guess a whole lot. But that's a problem with Minesweeper itself, and so this remake shouldn't really be held accountable for it.

Although, it makes me wonder if the level generator could have included a bot that plays through the stage before it is presented, to make sure there are no necessary guesses. Or if there could be seeded boards with an automatic first click that are verified possible without guessing. But even though Fine Sweeper doesn't go all-out in bringing Minesweeper into the HD age, it's still good enough to be worth your time if you were, or still are, a huge fan of the old Windows games; it is a notable improvement on them.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
152.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 9, 2015
Thanks to this game, I've finally understood how to play Minesweeper instead of mindlessy clicking on a case and thinking it's around a widest area.

The music is good, the options are what you needed AND well, it's minesweeper, so, don't expect anything else.

And since the new update, higher levels seemed easier. I'm currently at level 42-43 and while I'm frustrated that sometimes, you have to make decisions that ends up in a bomb as you don't have any choice than click one of the squares and that you don't have any clue about the bomb, it's still very enjoyable.

For the price you're not robbed.

.... What? Yeah, it took more something like 20-25 years to understand minesweeper. I played it at a very young age and I was more into Solitaire....
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
163.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 24, 2015
This game is a really hardcore yet casual version of Minesweeper. It sticks to the well-known basics of the game, but brings it to a far grander scale, the only item drops that the description mentions being extra lives (and some canisters to hold your extra lives early on), which is just as it should be.

And you'll need them all, you really will, the global 'record' seems to be level 67 right now which only two people have gotten, and I'm currently working on level 59, and I'm facing a 36x22 board with 219 bombs to flag and 7 lives (plus any others you find on the map) to do it with.

You'll learn so many new tricks and logical leaps out of necessity as to how to figure out the status of squares and try to narrow down the number of 50-50 guesses you have to make, which is why you have that many lives. It's a really engaging non-time-constrained puzzle game, exactly the kind of game that I love running in the background while I do or watch other stuff. Who knew Minesweeper could be so fun?

I didn't run into any bugs or glitches or have any complaint about the UI of the game. Yet. (Edit: I now have run headlong into a fairly major bug but the devs seem responsive and are working on it. (Edit: They fixed it!)) The one background tune it has is also a nice, non-intrusive, non-obnoxious track so I've left it on even after nearly 24h of off-and-on play.
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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 29, 2015
As much as I love minesweeper I just can't recommend this game. There isn't enough new and the new stuff isn't up to a good enough standard.

As soon as I saw this game on steam I had to buy it. I am a huge minesweeper fan and I just couldn't pass up a new version of it being released. However this game isn't much better than the original.

The main mode that this version features is a continuous mode. This mode continues going with levels of increasing difficulty. They basically increase the difficulty by growing the board size and adding more bombs. The score increases as a sum of all the levels you do and it measures the time you take on each level. This is incorperated into a high score system that lets you compare your score with friends and other people. This is a nice addition that gives a new reason to play minesweeper.

However the problem with this mode is that there is no way to save it. I found myself going on a continuous run for over an hour earlier today. At that point I was getting pretty tired of it. I would have liked to quit the game and continue it later. But this wasn't possible since the game offers no way of saving it.

But this isn't the biggest problem the game has. It is horrible to play as you get further into the game with bigger boards. It is basically a guessing game at this point. Very little skill is involved. This is because the game puts you in situations where no amount of skill will let you figure out where there is a bomb and where there isn't so instead you just have to guess and hope for the best. I know this was a problem in the original minesweeper, but it definitely wasn't as big as a problem as it is in this game. When you get later into the game, i'd say around level 30ish, you start having to guess so often! This wasn't a fun experience and it isn't in the true light of minesweeper to have to guess instead of use skill.

The game does attempt to counteract this problem in a way. They use a life system. You find lives under blocks that you clear on the level which you can add to your collection. Everytime you hit a bomb you loose a life. Some people that are perhaps less skilled at minesweeper may like this addition. But to a hardcore player who has been playing for a long time this isn't of much use to me. I would much prefer to have only one life. I would prefer it if they would fix the guessing issue instead of using this lazy alternative to fix it. They don't even have an option to disable the life system which I would have done.

What I used to love about the original minesweeper is the ginourmous size boards you could make and play on. Whenever I played it I used to make one of the biggest boards possible and then I would end up playing for about half an hour or so just on the one board. Fine sweeper features a similar mode to setup a custom sized board. But is no where near the scale that you can do on traditional minesweeper. In fact the boards are puny in size compared to the original. It's quite laughable to see it actually. Even when you go to the biggest scale possible. I have no idea why the developer limited it so much!

The options menu of the game is also extremely lacking. The only option of note is the audio sliders of which there is a seperate one for music and for other sounds. It's also probably worth noting that the music and sounds aren't particularly good in my opinion. I had them off for my entire time playing it. And the only other option there really is the nostalgic colours option. That is it. They could at very least have some resolution options or something else!

There was only one thing in this game that I could find that may lead you to play this instead of the original minesweeper. The graphics. They are such an improvement over the classic original minesweeper. Although i'm sure you really need it to play a simple game like this. If only the developer could have put as much effort into making the game unique and work properly as they put in on the graphics!

Overall I cannot recommend this game. There are so many issues that it isn't actually fun to play. Theres not enough different for anyone to even consider playing it over the original. I am gonna go back to playing the original as well and I think you should to. I would also like to take the time here to recommend a great alternative to minesweeper that improves drastically on the original formula and of which I greatly enjoyed called "hexcells". If your a minesweeper fan and your wanting something new go and try that instead of this game.

TheIronicGamers rating system
  • Don't ever buy this game.
  • Maybe consider it on a sale.
  • An average game.
  • A good game that should definitely be considered.
  • A must play!
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- it's just the minesweeper we know!

- it's just the minesweeper we know..

No but seriously, I got it with a coupon for cheaper, I wouldn't have bought it for full price. I just like minesweeper and my OS doesn't have it. I could perhaps play it online free somewhere, but now I have it in my steam library and it looks somewhat decent.

One thing that I find annoying is, you can't restart a new game. You HAVE to purposely die so you can select a new game. Otherwhise your only option is to 'resume' the old game.

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