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Genre: Casual, Puzzle :: Players: 1 :: Released: 10/7/08

Minesweeper Mobile Review

Publisher: Eidos :: Developer: Javart

Pros

Game Features

Rating/100

5 stages of increasing size
Characters and modes to unlock
Plenty of multiplayer options

Cons

View takes a little getting used to
Controls are a little tricky

Sound
Vibration
Help
Save Option
Highscore
Suspend/Resume
See Compatible Handsets

73

Graphics

68

Sound

75

Controls

60

Playability

85

Lastability

79

Review Details
Handset Sony-Ericsson K800i
Time Played 2.5 hours
Game Progress Finished Easy and Medium (all 5 levels each time)

Anannya Sen’s Review

Review Date: 11/7/08

The PC game finally hits mobiles.


If you haven't heard of Minesweeper than you probably haven't ever been bored at your PC and wondered what else you could do to mess around on it other than play solitaire. Well, minesweeper has been one of the staples and I'm not even going to bother to describe the actual game if you've never heard of it, you can check it out here.

The mobile version has tried to add a bit of pizazz and substance to the game by adding different modes, levels and even items. Essentially it's the same game but with a mobile twist. The first thing you may notice is that the game has an isometric viewpoint. This has lent itself to some colourful graphics and sound with some amusing animations too. Each level is set in a different country and there are lots of interesting characters and landmarks in the background. Unfortunately this has also lent itself to the diagonal numbers being a little tricky to view sometimes. It takes a bit of time to get used to the view, but once you do it's fine.

Controls are another thing, being isometric you sometimes find that the controls are a little unresponsive and your character doesn't always go exactly where you tell them to go. Still, as with the 2D funky graphical view, once you get used to it, you'll be fine.

If you thought minesweeper didn't really have any end objective other than to pass the time and get the highest scores, then you would be right. But that was the PC version and this is the mobile one. If you finish the career mode you will unlock new characters and modes, so there is plenty of incentive.

There's also incentive to finish the levels quickly as this version of minesweeper has added money and items to the mix. Ok, so there are only 4 but they are useful. One will show you where one mine is, another protect you from a blast, the third clear a 3 by 3 space and finally the last one will reveal all the mines on the board for a short time. If you're wondering what the point of the game is if an item reveals all the mines, then wonder no more. On the later difficulty levels you are dealing with a 15 by 30 grid and with up to 86 mines.

This means that you can spend quite a bit of time trying to figure a level out. If you get lucky and clear a large space in one click, you get your time reduced to allow you to go for the high score. Finish the level within a certain time and you get more bonus cash for the items I described above. Another good feature of this version is that it makes things a leeetle bit easier with the # button. If you press this while on a number it will show you what squares have not yet been uncovered on that number. If you press it on a number where all the mines have been uncovered then it will clear the grid for you as if you had clicked on each individual square.

I only realised this when playing the game on medium, it would have saved me a lot of time if I had done it before!! To try and give you more bang for your buck, the developers have introduced a number of other modes. There's free play on any levels you've unlocked, and also multiplayer mode. This allows you to play against a friend on the handset or even over bluetooth!! We couldn't test the bluetooth version so we have no idea what that's like.

The developers even went so far as to develop a plot for the game which has you as a policeman defusing WW2 bombs. Which almost happened in real life in case anyone thinks this is unbelievable.

I actually quite enjoyed this game once I got used to the slightly iffy controls and the view. Ok, it was minesweeper but on mobile, but clearly the developers have tried to jazz it up as much as possible, and have even included the original there for your pleasure. The fact the game autosaves your position is a lifesaver for the huge levels, although once you work out a system it shouldn't take that long.

Overall, it's a fun game which requires a fair bit of thinking and logic. You know the game, and if you think these additional features make it worth getting to while away the time while on the tube, then I would recommened. However, it's certainly not everyone's cup of tea.