Fine Sweeper is a Minesweeper variant with additional features such as a campaign mode, “classic mode”, item drops, leader-boards, and achievements.
User reviews:
Overall:
Very Positive (267 reviews) - 85% of the 267 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 25, 2015

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy Fine Sweeper

 

Recent updates View all (27)

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

0 comments Read more

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

5 comments Read more

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
Customer reviews
Customer Review system updated! Learn more
Overall:
Very Positive (267 reviews)
Recently Posted
potamia_apoel
0.2 hrs
Posted: July 27
This is basically Minesweeper with a twist. It is kind of different than the original Minesweeper with added extras. If you enjoyed Minesweeper, you will enjoy this game aswel
Helpful? Yes No Funny
stian.rodland
9.3 hrs
Posted: July 25
Brings back great memories of gaming in old Windows versions.
And adds new features to the classic game.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
000ptimus
88.2 hrs
Posted: July 22
Best. Game. Ever.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Boogie Knight
0.3 hrs
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.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
gettin' fresh down there
4.7 hrs
Posted: June 23
this game is quite fine for a mine
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Bliss
2.0 hrs
Posted: June 21
It's minesweeper with some sprinkles. What's not to like?
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Hawaiian Feeling
51.4 hrs
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.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
⎛⎝ Tjeliep ⎠⎞
44.5 hrs
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.

Helpful? Yes No Funny
JacquesLeSauve
20.8 hrs
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.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
joan4003
16.4 hrs
Posted: April 14
Classic Minesweeper with extra lives, achievements and a scoreboard. Nothing more needs to be said.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
58 of 85 people (68%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2015
My favourite game from Windows XP.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
22 of 26 people (85%) 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
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!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
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....
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
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
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
158.1 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
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!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny