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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Release Date: May 25, 2015

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March 11

Some Bugfixes

Just a small update patching some very annoying title screen crashes for some players.

Patch Notes 1.2.0.89
Fixed:
  • Checking for possible leaderboard-reset dates would sometimes crash the game on title screen
  • Logo screen animation
  • Misc. little bugfixes under the hood

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March 4

New Features in Version 1.2!


The biggest update to Fine Sweeper yet is here: Version 1.2 introduces an entirely overhauled scoring system as well as new gameplay mechanics. Competitive players can rank up their high-scores by beating the par-time in each level for additional score bonuses, casual players may enjoy the introduction of the new abilities which allows them to safely open tiles or even to automatically flag bombs.

What’s new?


On top of the board you will now find an hourglass indicating how much time you have left to beat the level. There’s no penalty if you don’t make it, but if you beat the par time, you get more points the faster you are.


To the left is the new Bank of Hearts. Right-click a heart you find on the board to deposit it in the bank. The more hearts you save up, the better your reward will be, ranging from a simple extra life when you need it to safely opening a field of tiles with automatic flag placement.


In every level you also have the option to play entirely without placing any flags for an additional score bonus. It’s hard, certainly, but it also promises another way to amass points.

With the new system in place the leaderboards and saved games are wiped to level the playing field for everybody. But don’t worry: You won’t lose any achievement progress!

Fine Sweeping!


Patch Notes 1.2.0.88
Added:
  • Par-time based scoring
  • Sounds for new mechanics and elements
  • Notification with countdown on the title screen when a leaderboard reset is imminent
  • News notification on title screen (provided there are any news)
  • Bank of Hearts mechanics to “How to Play” slides
  • Thousands grouping of numbers
  • Option to disable version when crucial updates are pending
  • Some Russian strings (Google Translate, though)
Changed:
  • Entire scoring system!
  • Disabling the timer will now carry over level-ups and is stored between sessions.
  • “Show Neighbors’ highlighting also enabled in “Classic Mode’
  • Tiles that once were bombs now allow neighbor highlighting as well.
  • Reworked some sounds to make them more “snappy’
  • Monospaced font in leaderboards
  • Tweaked space background elements to not clash with the new UI elements
  • Nicer logo screen
Fixed:
  • Restarting Level 5 would grant players unlimited heart containers, now capped at 3
  • User setting for “Preview Neighbors” used to reset when starting a game in Classic Mode
  • Custom Mode would sometimes crash the game on game over

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Just Updated



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

    Minimum:
    • 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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Very Positive (252 reviews)
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soft succulent boy thighs
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
It's minesweeper. It makes my laptop really hot. You could find a free version that's just as good but you probably won't.
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gettin' fresh down there
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
this game is quite fine for a mine
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Bliss
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
It's minesweeper with some sprinkles. What's not to like?
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Hawaiian Feeling
( 51.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 1
Classic Minesweeper with achievements, (optional) extra lives, and leaderboards. The dev also replies to a lot of posts from the Steam Discussions and takes feedback from the community. Update 1.2 is pretty good.
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⎛⎝ Tjeliep ⎠⎞
( 25.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
pros:
- it's just the minesweeper we know!

cons:
- 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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JacquesLeSauve
( 20.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
For those who've never run a Windows device, or are just too young to have really caught the original game in its prime, back in the day when you had to open a hatch and shovel coal in to power your PC, or sacrifice some of your blood into the little funnel on the top and get it to run for an extra 66.06 minute's worth of use, there were two games that were all the rage for everyone from the lowliest peasant to the wealthiest king, many of which would spend literally millions on a new machine just to play them and nothing else. I am of course talking about Solitaire and Minesweeper. Solitaire has already seen several enjoyable re-workings, but now it's Minesweeper's time to shine with a modern update in the form of Fine Sweeper. And you know what?... It ain't half bad.

Presented with a grid full of square panels that are hiding several mines underneath, you click on a panel and reveal some blank spaces and some numbers. Each number represents how many mines surround that tile, and based on that information, you must deduce the locations of every mine and avoid them as you click and remove all the unoccupied panels on the board. With each cleared grid, you move on to another that's either bigger and/or has more mines hiding from you. Make a mistake and you'll have a fully primed ball explode in your face. Do that several times, and it's game over.

The difference with this update is it's far more lenient than its original granddaddy. You now have hearts that allow you some breathing room where each heart will give you a free pass should you click on a mine, more of which can be found hiding under some random squares that can be used to replenish your stock and give you more room for mistakes. Or, alternatively, instead of using them you can save them in a bank and eventually cash them in for special, one-time use abilities to help you clear the board. And for hardcore score enthusiasts, this version has scoreboards for you, too, along with additional methods of play available to maximise that goal.

A little extra flair is added with some clean, appealing visuals (the grid and its surrounding boarder resembling the top-down dungeons from the original NES Zelda) and some funky bass licks to keep the mood up from stage to stage. It's all perfectly pleasant and functional and serves as a nice, relaxed, modern take on a fun but dated classic. I'm not sure how many stages there are, as I stopped at the 50 required for the achievements, but with multiple stages of increasing difficulty, a custom mode with sliding scales of variables, and a sweet little price to boot, for fans of Minesweeper, whatever your flavour is, this has you covered. Although, even in this updated version, clicking on the wrong mine in a final 50/50 situation and wasting the past 20 minutes of your life never stops hurting.
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joan4003
( 16.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
Classic Minesweeper with extra lives, achievements and a scoreboard. Nothing more needs to be said.
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Rufus
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
It's minesweeper
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Deafpool
( 33.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
At least you don't get to lose stepping on those 50/50 mines...
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1thy76j
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13
Its mine sweeper what do you expet??
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Recommended
51.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Classic Minesweeper with achievements, (optional) extra lives, and leaderboards. The dev also replies to a lot of posts from the Steam Discussions and takes feedback from the community. Update 1.2 is pretty good.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
It's minesweeper with some sprinkles. What's not to like?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
this game is quite fine for a mine
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47 of 52 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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55 of 81 people (68%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2015
My favourite game from Windows XP.
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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27 of 38 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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33 of 51 people (65%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2015
Oh sweeper you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind, hey sweeper! Hey sweeper...

Fine sweeper, a game that some would say has been a long time coming, and a game that really should have been done by now. A simple, clean modernisation of Minesweeper. It has mines, it has sweeps, it has some nice extra features, it has music, it has a couple of really fun animations (the mines go boom), the playfields change as you work your way through the levels.

The Minesweeper we wanted, and the Minesweeper we deserved...

It's Minesweeper. The core gameplay is as old as the hills so I won't belabour that. What's been added, well, aside from the classic game mode, the "Fine Sweeper" mode gives you lives, so if you accidentally blow a mine it may not be the end of the day, you may carry your lives between levels, giving you up to a maximum of seven do-overs before the game ends, and you may retry up to the last level you failed on. The custom mode allows you to set the size of the field and the number of mines, so that's pretty standard, and it has the basic options for sound and music (yes, we have music AT LAST, and it's pretty good).

Finely swept and finely polished...

Considering this could have been a simple retooling of Minesweeper with a marginal graphics polish, Fine Sweeper has actually been a very pleasant surprise, it feels like a genuine coat of polish has been applied and it feels a lot more up to date from the original that we've been used to seeing on almost every version of Windows since day dot. Considering the price is absolutely minimal, this makes it a very nice value proposition for anyone looking for a "premium" minesweeper experience. Seriously, it's a good deal, try it!

Verdict : Highly Recommended
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2015
"Windows Minesweeper clone with heart containers and different gamemodes"
You can either switch it back to classic mode which is like original Minesweeper (1-life option).
Pretty cool is the custom mode where you create your own field size (up to 36x22) and decide how many bombs you want to hide (max 790). In Normal mode you ascend levels with rising field sizes. There are also challenging timegoals to reach. Most grinding was to step on 5k bombs and set 50k flags.
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