They just don’t make games like this anymore
By: Steven Aiello
One of the most heated discussions in the gaming community is about what the best game ever made is. Most people will say it’s something from Mario, Zelda or some other Nintendo based game.
Those games may be great, but none of them hold a candle to the best game ever: Minesweeper. This game is awesome and no game has, or ever will, come close to being as awesome as Minesweeper.
Not even modern games can compete with it. Overwatch? More like overrated. Horizon Zero Dawn? The best part about the game is the title, because zero is exactly how I’d rate this game. Legend of Zelda? More like…Legend of…Stupid.
Those games may look better and have more production value than Minesweeper, but looks and budget aren’t everything in a game. Minesweeper may not be the prettiest game ever made, but what it lacks in appearance it makes up for in every other aspect.
When you start up the game, you get thrown right into action. No twenty minute load times, no fancy cinematics, just you trying to find a bunch of mines. It gets right into the meat of the game and doesn’t dabble around.
Speaking of that, the gameplay itself is very complex and requires a great deal of skill. You have to use the utmost reasoning and logic to decide whether there is or isn’t a mine on a certain square. Only the smartest players can beat this game, which is a true testament to great game design.
Games have gradually gotten easier as the years go by and it’s made them less enjoyable. Minesweeper is the perfect alternative and it even has multiple difficulty settings for all kinds of players. It manages to appeal to the more casual and professional crowds at the same time.
There’s also a great sense of realism to the game. There are no second chances with each board and making a mistake means you have to start from the beginning. Music is also absent from the game, which helps enhance the mood and tension of defusing mines. Besides, would there actually be music if you were in a minefield?
Who needs music in the first place when you have a game this tense and amazing? It’s just like the old Atari games: more focus on gameplay and fun than music and graphics. That’s why Minesweeper is such a great game.
James Rolfe, a.k.a. The Angry Video Game Nerd, said that it “defines the word classic” and that it has a “special kind of atmosphere when it’s in the middle of the night and you’re sitting in the glow of your computer screen with the sound of crickets chirping.”
Ben Yahtzee, normally a very critical reviewer, said that the game was “not just a game I think is good…what it does best…is atmosphere” and Michael Jones of Rooster Teeth commented that he knows “it’s a good game…most everybody will agree it’s a good game.”
Too bad Microsoft didn’t realize that when they made Minesweeper. They struck gold with the idea of Minesweeper, yet they never fully capitalized on it. Franchises like Halo and Minecraft are alright, but nothing will ever compare to the excitement that is finding mines.
That’s why they should re-release and possibly even remaster this game for Xbox One. Just think of all the possibilities with achievements and even an online mode that lets you play with friends.
It’s not like it would fail, because it’s such a brilliant game.