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15+ Good Reasons to Play Minesweeper (Benefits & Advantages)

Last Updated on January 25, 2024 by Gamesver Team and JC Franco

Minesweeper is an addictive, fun game suited for most ages. But it is more than just a game. Did you know that it offers some pretty amazing benefits too? Read on to learn the benefits and advantages of playing Minesweeper.

Minesweeper can help you improve your problem-solving skills and become a better gamer. It can also teach you life lessons, such as learning how to be patient and coping with not winning. It’s a game that won’t take up all of your time and can be played by people of most ages.

1. Minesweeper Is Fun

Minesweeper can be a highly addictive and enjoyable game once you get the hang of it. The game requires strategy and logic and even has aspects of luck – a lethal combination for gaming fun. So it is no wonder why Minesweeper has been preinstalled on Operating Systems for many years – We simply can’t get enough of it!  

2. Minesweeper Is Rewarding

It is practically impossible to win Minesweeper by chance; this means your chances of winning are slim to none if you had to click blocks on the board randomly. (If you happen to win by ”luck”, be sure to buy a lottery ticket ASAP). 

Even though Minesweeper has some aspects of chance, the game is predominantly based on the principles of logic and strategy. So some serious thought and calculations need to take place to win.

In this sense, when you win, you know you have truly deserved to win. It is your logic and skill that have gotten you to the finish line – how rewarding is that?

3. You Learn Precision From Minesweeper

Minesweeper teaches you how to be precise. More specifically, Minesweeper teaches you how to be more accurate in your clicking. You may be thinking, ”what a useless skill to learn.” Admittedly, for some, learning how to click more accurately is pretty irrelevant; however, for others, it can be very advantageous. 

Precision clicking is a skill needed in many games. So learning how to be more accurate in your clicking can help you become a better gamer. Tell me, who wouldn’t want that?

4. You Can Play To Your Ability In Minesweeper

Thankfully, Minesweeper does not come in a one-size-fits-all difficulty level that is difficult for some yet too easy for others. Instead, Minesweeper comes in three difficulty levels; beginner, intermediate, and expert.

If you are new to the game, you can choose to play at a beginner level, while more advanced players can choose to play on an intermediate or expert board. Some versions of Minesweeper even have the option to customize the board size. Whatever your skill level, there is sure to be something for you. 

5. Minesweeper Is Challenging

Minesweeper is not one of those games where you mindlessly click away with no real thought. Instead, it requires focus, effort, logical thinking, and strategizing. However, it is not too challenging where it feels like it is impossible to play, so you might as well give up. 

Instead, the right amount of ”challenge” is present—the kind of challenge where you are determined to play over and over again until you win. I’m sure you have experienced this in other games, and Minesweeper is no exception.

6. Minesweeper Teaches You How To Accept Chance

Some of us want everything to be within our control. The very thought of “chance” or

“uncertainty” might invoke anxiety or stress. This is understandable, considering the unknown can be pretty frightening at times. Though Minesweeper isn’t solely based on luck, there are still elements that require you to take chances. 

And let me tell you, these chance situations can be pretty high-risk as you have a 50/50 chance of landing on a mine or landing on a safe block. As a result, you learn to accept things that are out of your control and what may or may not be.

7. Minesweeper Teaches You How To Cope With Losing

It is very easy to lose a game on Minesweeper. One wrong click and BOOM – game over. Even when you put all of your efforts into completing the board, you might find yourself landing on a mine more often than not. 

So, because of how easy it is to lose, you need to learn how to be okay with not winning and simply moving on to the next game. This lesson has real-life advantages as it teaches us that we don’t always get what we want in life and that we have to keep moving forward. 

8. Minesweeper Can Improve Your Concentration

It is said that the newer generation has a shorter attention span compared to older generations. This difference in attention is mainly due to the use of technology such as smartphones (think instant messages and use of social media platforms).

If you would like to practice improving your attention/concentration levels, you can play Minesweeper. This game requires a lot of mental effort and sustained concentration, so it is a great way to strengthen your attention.

9. You Can Improve Problem Solving Skills With Minesweeper

Minesweeper is a puzzle. To win or move forward in the game, you need to use logic, deductive reasoning, and strategy. Every game is different. So every game will require you to use your skills slightly differently. The more you practice, the better you will get.

10. You Can Learn Patience From Minesweeper

Because Minesweeper is such a detailed game, you will need to take your time; you will need patience. Patience will help keep you calm and prevent you from making rash decisions out of frustration.

11. Minesweeper Doesn’t Change Its Rules

The principles behind Minesweeper stay the same no matter what level you play. The only thing that will change is the number of mines or blocks you need to clear. 

This is unlike other games where new game objects or rules are introduced on different levels, which may require you to learn new things. Minesweeper is a simple game that stays simple no matter what.

12. You Can Learn Patterns In Minesweeper

Each game of Minesweeper will be different. There will, however, be some patterns that will occur throughout the game. Learning these patterns will make playing easier and less time-consuming.

13. You Can Learn To See The Bigger Picture 

To win at Minesweeper, you can’t just focus on one block; you need to focus on all the other surrounding blocks too. A single block might not give you enough information, but two or three blocks together might be all the information you need to determine where the mine is located. 

14. Minesweeper Can Help You Visualize A Problem

When we play Minesweeper, we are often faced with uncleared blocks. Therefore, it is up to us to determine which blocks are safe and which are not. To do this, we have to visualize what blocks we are working with and where the potential danger could lie. Once we have figured it out, we can open the block or mark it with a flag.

15. Each Game Won’t Take Up All Of Your Time

Minesweeper is a great game as you are unlikely to spend an excessive amount of time playing it. Unlike other games, which can go on for hours at a time, Minesweeper has relatively short game sessions. 

Of course, if you are playing a level that is too hard for you, it might take you a while to complete a game. You really can play ‘a’a quick game or two” with Minesweeper.

16. Minesweeper Is For Most ages

Minesweeper is a game practically anyone can play. And because it is such a simple, neutral game, it is a game that appeals to all ages. So teach the game to your family members and see who can get the best score.

Last Word

It is clear that Minesweeper has many benefits – from problem-solving skills to life lessons – it is a game that is definitely worth playing. So sit back and have fun playing.

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This article was co-authored by our team of in-house and freelance writers, and reviewed by our editors, who enjoy sharing their knowledge about their favorite games with others!

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JC Franco serves as a New York-based editor for Gamesver. His interest for board games centers around chess, a pursuit he began in elementary school at the age of 9. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Mercyhurst University, JC brings a blend of business acumen and creative insight to his role. Beyond his editorial endeavors, he is a certified USPTA professional, imparting his knowledge in tennis to enthusiasts across the New York City Metropolitan area.