Tuesday, 24 April 2018

The little-known world of competitive Minesweeper

quote [ Because of its solitary nature, and the fact that each player is simply trying to improve his or her own score, it’s in a way a lot more similar to sports communities. There are tons of parallels between the community of competitive Rubik’s Cube solvers and the community of competitive Minesweeper board solvers, in that you’re performing an activity that seems like it’s difficult to an outsider, and eventually you learn a lot of patterns and you try to get really fast. ]

Like, reeaally old bookmarks.
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[by Paracetamol@6:34pmGMT]

Comments

biblebeltdrunk said @ 6:52pm GMT on 24th Apr [Score:2]
I was in the top 20 for the US for a while, And my roommate was in the top 10. he would get to the point there was one move left and wait till he beat my score by one second on all the site computers we used.
backSLIDER said[1] @ 8:12pm GMT on 24th Apr
Holy shit... my best time is only 2 secs slower then the video record... maybe I should get back into it. EDIT: looking at the actual times I'm way off.
Also, y'all should check out tetrisfriends.com
robotroadkill said @ 10:23pm GMT on 24th Apr
I love minesweeper, but is it just my inability, or can you sometimes be in a position where you just have to make a guess?
damnit said @ 4:37am GMT on 25th Apr [Score:1 Informative]
It's part of it. This page best explains how to handle these guesses.

http://www.minesweeper.info/archive/MinesweeperStrategy/mine_guess.html
robotroadkill said @ 11:18am GMT on 25th Apr
Ha! I always save the guesses for last. Oops.
HoZay said @ 10:36pm GMT on 24th Apr
I think that's just how it works.
robotroadkill said @ 10:40pm GMT on 24th Apr
Yeah but is it possible to use strategy to avoid that situation? An element of guessing ruins it for me as a logic game.
Menchi said @ 11:07pm GMT on 24th Apr [Score:1 Good]
Yeah, the fact that it can come down to just a guessing game has turned me off of vanilla Minesweeper as well.

There is a flash game I've been greatly enjoying called Mine of Sight, however, that takes the general game design and cranks it up with several different types of clues, and maintains a 'pure logic' design philosophy.
https://www.kongregate.com/games/ZBlip/mine-of-sight
damnit said @ 4:39am GMT on 25th Apr
So pure logic after the first click?
Menchi said @ 6:31am GMT on 25th Apr
No, the game I linked starts with initial clues and manually constructed puzzles. Its mechanics are only tangentially related to plain minesweeper, but it scratches that itch very well for anyone who's looking for something less guessy.
Paracetamol said @ 6:58pm GMT on 26th Apr
What you seek is some rounds of Hexcells
5th Earth said @ 1:56am GMT on 25th Apr [Score:1 Informative]
Unfortunately no. There are many positions (especially in the corners) that are unavoidably luck and not skill.
backSLIDER said @ 9:51pm GMT on 25th Apr
I've found that is roughtly 3/5 games have a "guess".

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