Minesweeper Q for iPhone, iPad Review

On November 21, 2011

App Type: iPhone

Minesweeper Q for iPhone, iPad Review

Our rating:

By: Yi-Lun Lin

Version #: 1.0

Date Released:

Developer: By Spica

Price: Free

User Rating:

As a Mac user I never really got the Minesweeper addiction my Windows friend had. I of course knew how to play it, and there were plenty of versions to be had on the Mac, but I never found myself hours deep in a Minesweeper haze. MineSweeper Q calls itself the smoothest interface, and fastest load times among the many Minesweeper games on the app store. Lets take a look as see if this is the one you want to spend your dollar on.

For those that haven’t touched a computer before, Minesweeper is a puzzle computer game that was popular way back in the mainframe computer days in the late 60’s and 70’s. Since then, there has been versions of the game for virtually every platform, even versions of it inside of other games. The game is a simple grid of cells that you must uncover to discover where the mine are without uncovering them. You accomplish this with the help of numbers that tell you how many mines are adjacent you the cell. Once you have uncovered all the cells that do not contain the mines you win. If you uncover a mine you immediately lose.

Since the game is so basic, what makes MineSweeper Q stand out from the crowd? It does have two different control styles, one is a tap to uncover, tap and hold to flag, while the other is tap to flag and tap and hold to uncover. You can adjust the sensitivity of the controls to suite your needs. The difficulty can be adjusted by changing the size of the grid and the number of mines. One nice feature is the five themes for the board. My personal favorite is the sky theme with flying whales for mines.

Minesweeper Q has GameCenter support for leader boards. It tracks time, streak, and total won for each difficulty. Some of the time scores seem a bit dubious since they complete the maps in 0 seconds. I wonder what their streak is at. There isn’t too much more to Minesweeper Q keeping with their slim and fast motto. The game is ad sponsored but there is an option to remove the ads for an additional $1.99 which also lends your support to some developers that seem very open to what the customers are wanting in a Minesweeper game. While I will confess that I haven’t played many Minesweeper games on the iOS, I will say that Minesweeper Q lives up to the promises of being fast and user friendly. I found it to be a rock solid version of the classic ad would recommend this to anyone that loves to sweep a few mines now and then.

(This app was submitted via our expedited review service, which means we were remunerated for reviewing this app. N. Kline was not influenced by this matter and it reflects his honest opinion.)

We rate this app 5 out of 5 stars.

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