So you’re thinking about switching from PC to Mac, or you have done so just recently. You now need to think about how you are going to get on with those essential computing tasks: reading and composing documents, browsing the Internet, and, of course, passing time by playing Minesweeper.
Minesweeper is a simple one-player game where the object of the game is to ‘clear’ a minefield without detonating a mine. Small coloured numbers indicate how close you are to a given number of mines, and you win the game by uncovering all game squares not hiding a mine.
Minesweeper is an old favourite for many who have been using Windows computers for years, and was included as a standard game from Windows version 3.1 and later. In later versions available in Windows, there is the option to replace mines with flowers, but where’s the thrill in that?
The most straightforward option to ensure easy access to Minesweeper is to use a computer running Windows. But is it really necessary to stick with Windows just for Minesweeper? Luckily, there are options for those wanting to pass the time while using a Mac.
This online version of Minesweeper gives you the option to play at different skill levels, but doesn’t quite look right to the Minesweeper aficionado. You can choose between Newbie, Amateur and Master skill levels, and it more or less plays the same way that traditional Minesweeper plays. It even has instructions below the game panel on how to play, but I don’t think anyone really needs that. Has anyone ever used the Help menu in Minesweeper?
Another online version can be found here. It retains the traditional look-and-feel of the game you’ve come to know (and oddly become infatuated with). However, the limitation with either of these online versions is that they require you to be connected to the Internet to play.
Just for Mac
While a few of the above offer some variations in terms of looks and gameplay, our pick of the bunch would be Mine Swept. It is the most similar looking to the original version of Minesweeper, and doesn’t try to complicate the simple task of sweeping mines as fast as possible.
If you’re doing the PC-to-Mac switch, and you want to keep the transition as smooth as possible, there’s one less thing to worry about. By choosing one of the options above, you can continue to find a way to procrastinate via Minesweeper. After all, those mines aren’t going to sweep themselves.