Minesweeper Q: Don’t Call it a Comeback

Minesweeper Q for iPad - Spica

Price: Free

Minesweeper Q iPad App Video Review

Minesweeper Q iPhone App Review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer

When it comes to classic games, it’s hard to beat Minesweeper. This original has appeared on almost every operating system, in even more configurations and varieties.

The latest reincarnation of the ultimate classic is the Minesweeper Q iPad app, also works wonderfully on the iPhone, by Spica. This game adds a little bit of polish to the dusty original, but stays true to its insanely addictive game play model. If you’re ready to see how to honor a classic without messing it up, dig in to my iPhone app review of Minesweeper Q.


In case you’ve been living under a rock since 1983, here’s how Minesweeper Q works. You are presented with a board full of tiles. Under some of these identical tiles lurk mines. It’s your job to clear the mine field. If you tap a mine the jig is up.

As you uncover safe tiles some will have numbers on them. The number indicates how many mines are adjacent to that tile. Use these clues to navigate the board more safely, although at some point you will have to guess.

That’s probably what makes apps like the Minesweeper Q iPhone app so addictive. Probability is awfully addictive, and baring a mindboggling streak of luck, it’s impossible to beat Minesweeper Q every single time.

Subtle improvements to the new app include sound assist, a high score and statistics tracker, Game Center integration, six different game board skins and easily toggled quick play modes. There’s more, but you’ll just have to keep reading to find out.


User Interface:

Minesweeper Q iPhone App Review

Minesweeper Q

Then there is the upgraded UI for the Minesweeper Q iPhone app. There are easy top side buttons to access the app’s menu options and even a simple way to tap to change the entry mode on the screen. This is so cool.

You can even tap a numbered square that already has the proper number of flags around it to expose all the nearby tiles that these flags rule out. The screen is super responsive, making larger boards easier to play. I am completely impressed with these updates.

Don’t worry; the classic yellow reset button is still alive and kicking. These updates compliment classic game play instead of bulldozing it into oblivion.

Graphics & Design:

I mentioned earlier that there are some optional game skins included in the app. These range from the classic grey game board to a completely different sky scene where whales replace the mines. I guess that makes sense. No one would want to disturb or blow up a whale.

The point is that this app is intelligently designed, has a pleasing retro aesthetic and I am thoroughly impressed.


This homage to old school gaming goodness can be yours for free if you download it from iTunes. There is an upgrade you can do in app for $.99, which I assume gets rid of the minimally invasive advertisement banner.

But so what? I dig this app and its nonexistent price tag. You will too.

Minesweeper Q iPhone App QR Code

Minesweeper Q


Minesweeper Q iPhone app requires iOS 3.1.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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