Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) recently added Minesweeper to it’s growing list of free Kindle games. If you’re ready to try something other than Every Word and Shuffled Row, and are looking for a familiar game, check out Minesweeper. Minesweeper is most well known on the Microsoft Windows platform and as a great way to kill time.
Did you know that the Kindle comes with a built in version of Minesweeper? I discovered this fact when reading the reviews of the new version of Minesweeper and decided to try it out on my Kindle. Press Alt + Shift + M, and it will take you into the game from your Kindle‘s home screen.
The built in version is minimal and the graphics aren’t that great. The latest version is much much better and more complex. The awesome graphics on the third generation of the Kindle give this game a boost I’m sure.
The goal of Minesweeper is to uncover all of the mines hidden under the blocks on the game grid. You win the game if you correctly identify all of the mines and uncover all of the locations that do not have mines. If you uncover a mine that you have not identified, you lose.
“I a lot of work to have do this afternoon. Those mines aren’t going to sweep themselves.” – Jim Halpert, The Office
You have thousands of different puzzles and three levels of difficulty to choose from. As you get into the more difficult levels, the squares on the grid get smaller. The small squares are still easy to read, however. The game is pretty easy to learn, and can get quite addicting. If you need a little help, turn on the tips. Minesweeper also comes with a score and play time tracker.
The reviews for the game are great overall. Some reviewers were pleasantly surprised at how good of quality the game is. You’d think it would be hard to navigate the grid just using the keyboard and 5 way button, but that is not the case.
Best of all, this app. Is free. Who doesn’t like free?