Minesweeper is one of those classic games that many office workers "grew up" on. Minesweeper was likely responsible for countless lost hours of office productivity over the years. While there have been a few Minesweeper clones appear on the App Store, the ones I've seen haven't been of the highest quality.

I should note, however, that one recent Free entry called Mines [App Store] has done a reasonable (though barebones) job. Mines is also notable in that it comes from independent developer Noah Witherspoon who was also responsible for Tris before it was removed at the demand of the Tetris company.

While I appreciate Witherspoon's free offering, it comes as a very simple implementation with a very small board size.

I was pleasantly surprised to find a recent entry into the field from developers High Five which takes the game to the next level. Mines in Space [App Store] offers a very polished $2.99 version of the game that offers multiple levels of difficulties, achievements as well as fresh twists to the classic formula.

The game of Minesweeper involves finding and tagging the hidden mines by slowly exposing more tiles. As tiles are removed, a digit is revealed in that space. That number represents how many mines that space is adjacent to. Through some deductive reasoning, you can figure out which spaces have mines and which do not.

Mines in Space game comes with multiple different gameplay modes:

  • Classic - As with classic minesweeper games, place your flags without detonating any mines!
  • Imposter - Analyse the data to locate hidden Quagaaars disguised as asteroids!
  • UFO Finder - The Quagaaars have cloaked their ships! Use the numbers to locate the hidden vessels.
  • Rocket Shuffle - Your scanners have been scrambled! Shuffle the rockets back into their correct positions.
  • Final Frontier - Put all your skills to the test in this epic 100 puzzle story mode.

The developer's video walks you through the features:

If you're a Minesweeper fan, this is the one to get.

App Store Link: Mines in Space, $2.99

  • dieburnbot

    Awesome, I suck at this game on Windows and now I can pay 3 dollars and suck at it on the iPhone. :D

  • dieburnbot

    Awesome, I suck at this game on Windows and now I can pay 3 dollars and suck at it on the iPhone. :D

  • Darwiniandude

    Never thought I'd want to pay for a minesweeper clone... But this seems irresistable. I'll report back later how it is.

  • http://www.metroccolis.com your personal robot

    HAHAHA, the same :) :) :)
    So I better save the 3 Dollars.
    But polished, indeed.

  • Darwiniandude

    Never thought I'd want to pay for a minesweeper clone... But this seems irresistable. I'll report back later how it is.

  • http://www.metroccolis.com your personal robot

    HAHAHA, the same :) :) :)
    So I better save the 3 Dollars.
    But polished, indeed.

  • http://www.minesinspace.com Hige Five

    Thanks guys....we're especially proud of the other puzzle modes, so please let us know what you think of them. (www.minesinspace.com)

  • http://www.minesinspace.com Hige Five

    Thanks guys....we're especially proud of the other puzzle modes, so please let us know what you think of them. (www.minesinspace.com)

  • Snowdog

    Looks really slick.
    Thanks for the videopresentation.
    Made me buy it in an instant.

  • Snowdog

    Looks really slick.
    Thanks for the videopresentation.
    Made me buy it in an instant.

  • http://www.jancbeck.de JanB

    the jailbroken minesweeper game "mines" was and is still the best. It's graphics were neither too colored nor too boring, just right. And it was for free.
    I used to play it everday until I updated to 2.x. I'd pay every prize to get it in the appstore but until now it seems there's no alternative.
    That's similar to other games like iSolitaire. I still dont feel like the appstore times are better or worse than the oldschool jailbroken times.. :(

  • http://www.jancbeck.de JanB

    the jailbroken minesweeper game "mines" was and is still the best. It's graphics were neither too colored nor too boring, just right. And it was for free.
    I used to play it everday until I updated to 2.x. I'd pay every prize to get it in the appstore but until now it seems there's no alternative.
    That's similar to other games like iSolitaire. I still dont feel like the appstore times are better or worse than the oldschool jailbroken times.. :(

  • arn

    @janB - isn't the free Mines mentioned in the article from the same dev as the jailbreak mines?

  • arn

    @janB - isn't the free Mines mentioned in the article from the same dev as the jailbreak mines?

  • Darwiniandude

    Guys, this is seriously brilliant. You have a place on my iPhone. :) (I have 205 apps, obviously many don't fit, this is staying!)

    Music and visuals are great, love the extra modes and unlocks. There us stuff here to keep me coming back.

    Only annoyance is the 'success' fan fare sound gets annoying quickly... Maybe even if it wasn't as loud? :)

    Anyway, I can't believe I paid money for minesweeper, but it's really really good and well worth it. :)

  • Darwiniandude

    Guys, this is seriously brilliant. You have a place on my iPhone. :) (I have 205 apps, obviously many don't fit, this is staying!)

    Music and visuals are great, love the extra modes and unlocks. There us stuff here to keep me coming back.

    Only annoyance is the 'success' fan fare sound gets annoying quickly... Maybe even if it wasn't as loud? :)

    Anyway, I can't believe I paid money for minesweeper, but it's really really good and well worth it. :)

  • skizzybiz

    Excellent game! It's on my phone, and I'm finding that the victory runs are making me come back to it more often, and the music and sound effects add to the suspense -- and I'm only on classic mode so far!

    I have a few things I'd like to see improved:

    1. Responsiveness! It's really frustrating that the game can't keep up with my taps. It's like playing an FPS on a machine that can only render it at 10 frames/sec.

    2. Marking mines needs to be a toggle, not just a one-time switch. Usually when I want to mark a mine, I'll be marking a bunch of them at once.

    3. Revealing all of the safe spots should end the game. On the easier levels in particular, I don't need to mark any of the mines while I'm playing, so the game ends with the monotonous task of marking everything.

    Great work! I can't wait to give it a 5 star rating after these issues are fixed.

  • skizzybiz

    Excellent game! It's on my phone, and I'm finding that the victory runs are making me come back to it more often, and the music and sound effects add to the suspense -- and I'm only on classic mode so far!

    I have a few things I'd like to see improved:

    1. Responsiveness! It's really frustrating that the game can't keep up with my taps. It's like playing an FPS on a machine that can only render it at 10 frames/sec.

    2. Marking mines needs to be a toggle, not just a one-time switch. Usually when I want to mark a mine, I'll be marking a bunch of them at once.

    3. Revealing all of the safe spots should end the game. On the easier levels in particular, I don't need to mark any of the mines while I'm playing, so the game ends with the monotonous task of marking everything.

    Great work! I can't wait to give it a 5 star rating after these issues are fixed.

  • SerpentBlade

    While I enjoy the idea of a Minesweeper game being reviewed on this site it seems that there are roughly 10 of them already out there. So this one is a little too late.

    I _love_ minesweeper but I'm not sure I should be paying $3 for such a simple game when there are already plenty of alternatives available for only $1 (or free if you are so inclined). For $3 there should be some more thought or originality in it like MineHunt 3D has.

  • SerpentBlade

    While I enjoy the idea of a Minesweeper game being reviewed on this site it seems that there are roughly 10 of them already out there. So this one is a little too late.

    I _love_ minesweeper but I'm not sure I should be paying $3 for such a simple game when there are already plenty of alternatives available for only $1 (or free if you are so inclined). For $3 there should be some more thought or originality in it like MineHunt 3D has.

  • TeaLeaf

    SerpentBlade: It does have more originality in it than other Minesweeper apps - there are 4 different game types in there for starters! Plus it has achievements and unlockables.

  • TeaLeaf

    SerpentBlade: It does have more originality in it than other Minesweeper apps - there are 4 different game types in there for starters! Plus it has achievements and unlockables.

  • darwiniandude

    Minehunt 3d looks cool, hadn't seen it before. But it looks like basic minesweeper played across a number of different 3D shapes, which is cool... but the basic gameplay is still there. Graphics a functional but ugly, needs a graphic revamp IMO. The different modes in Mines in Space means that it turns it into a completely different game, ie the games are timed (so you can't take forever to work something out) and one mode I like shows all bomb locations and numbers, but one of the bombs is really an alien hiding and you have to deduce which one is the fake.

  • darwiniandude

    Minehunt 3d looks cool, hadn't seen it before. But it looks like basic minesweeper played across a number of different 3D shapes, which is cool... but the basic gameplay is still there. Graphics a functional but ugly, needs a graphic revamp IMO. The different modes in Mines in Space means that it turns it into a completely different game, ie the games are timed (so you can't take forever to work something out) and one mode I like shows all bomb locations and numbers, but one of the bombs is really an alien hiding and you have to deduce which one is the fake.

  • darwiniandude

    I would be interested in Minehunt 3D if they made it truely 3D, instead of a 2D board wrapped around a 3d surface.

    EG, instead of an 8x8 minefield, it's an 8x8x8 minefield. Providing the controls are good, this would be awesome.

    Devs: make a good 3d chess game! 8x8x8! :)

  • darwiniandude

    I would be interested in Minehunt 3D if they made it truely 3D, instead of a 2D board wrapped around a 3d surface.

    EG, instead of an 8x8 minefield, it's an 8x8x8 minefield. Providing the controls are good, this would be awesome.

    Devs: make a good 3d chess game! 8x8x8! :)

  • Marty

    Does anybody have the ringtones i couldnt get them from the site

  • Marty

    Does anybody have the ringtones i couldnt get them from the site

  • http://www.minesinspace.com Hige Five

    @Marty
    There seems to be a bug on the website that if you don't 'Right-click' save (or alternative) the files they don't appear... :(
    So try that for the moment...
    We'll hopefully get this fixed, and a zip of them all up at some point today.

    Oh, and thanks for all the comments, based on these we're putting together a feature list for the first update - with a 'Flag mode stay-on' option at the very top!!

  • http://www.minesinspace.com Hige Five

    @Marty
    There seems to be a bug on the website that if you don't 'Right-click' save (or alternative) the files they don't appear... :(
    So try that for the moment...
    We'll hopefully get this fixed, and a zip of them all up at some point today.

    Oh, and thanks for all the comments, based on these we're putting together a feature list for the first update - with a 'Flag mode stay-on' option at the very top!!

  • nsolo1717

    wish this game didn't crash on my 3g iphone.....i 've rebooted , reinstalled, and it still crashes back to the home screen after being on the intro screen for a few seconds......wish i could play it, but i don't know what to do next =( All my other games work and i have over 34 games, i am sad cuz this looks like a good time waster

  • nsolo1717

    wish this game didn't crash on my 3g iphone.....i 've rebooted , reinstalled, and it still crashes back to the home screen after being on the intro screen for a few seconds......wish i could play it, but i don't know what to do next =( All my other games work and i have over 34 games, i am sad cuz this looks like a good time waster

  • Mondo

    This looks very well done, just wanted to leave a comment with a simple suggestion about the 'Flag mode stay-on' issue. Perhaps you can have it operate as the keyboard caps-lock function, in which a double-tap places it in 'Flag Mode stay-on', another tap turns it off, single tap functions as it currently does.

    Good work making a worthy game.

  • Mondo

    This looks very well done, just wanted to leave a comment with a simple suggestion about the 'Flag mode stay-on' issue. Perhaps you can have it operate as the keyboard caps-lock function, in which a double-tap places it in 'Flag Mode stay-on', another tap turns it off, single tap functions as it currently does.

    Good work making a worthy game.

  • arn

    @Mondo: Perfect suggestion. That is how it should work.

    arn

  • arn

    @Mondo: Perfect suggestion. That is how it should work.

    arn

  • SerpentBlade

    @darwiniandude: Yeah it seems like the same gameplay, but triangles, pentagons and hexagons thrown into the mix along with edges and corners really takes some getting used to. I agree that MineHunt 3D could use better graphics, but I hardly play addicting games for the graphics... like regular minesweeper on my computer.

    The different modes in Mines in Space are really just the same game mechanics. Imposter is the end of the game when you realize you've flagged too many and need to fix your problem, and UFO Finder is minesweeper without clearing most of the spaces. Rockets is the only one that's really creative, but really isn't that fun at all. Its like a slide puzzle needing some improvement in control... especially when you find yourself needing shift all but one column up or down a row. While creative, its still the same old game in the end, just extremely well polished.

  • SerpentBlade

    @darwiniandude: Yeah it seems like the same gameplay, but triangles, pentagons and hexagons thrown into the mix along with edges and corners really takes some getting used to. I agree that MineHunt 3D could use better graphics, but I hardly play addicting games for the graphics... like regular minesweeper on my computer.

    The different modes in Mines in Space are really just the same game mechanics. Imposter is the end of the game when you realize you've flagged too many and need to fix your problem, and UFO Finder is minesweeper without clearing most of the spaces. Rockets is the only one that's really creative, but really isn't that fun at all. Its like a slide puzzle needing some improvement in control... especially when you find yourself needing shift all but one column up or down a row. While creative, its still the same old game in the end, just extremely well polished.

  • nsolo1717

    Update: I was having a problem with this game even starting , wouldn't get past the intro screen before rebooting to the home screen.......but after a few days, like i hoped it would, it just started working and no more issues. I would have hated if i bought an app that just straight up didn't work. But now, it's all good and the game is very polished for what it is and an enjoyable time waster

  • nsolo1717

    Update: I was having a problem with this game even starting , wouldn't get past the intro screen before rebooting to the home screen.......but after a few days, like i hoped it would, it just started working and no more issues. I would have hated if i bought an app that just straight up didn't work. But now, it's all good and the game is very polished for what it is and an enjoyable time waster

  • http://www.minesinspace.com/xmasinspace HigeFive

    Hi All,

    We’ve just released our FREE Xmas music game, featuring the aliens from Mines in Space.

    Xmas in Space : Play-a-Long Christmas Carols
    It’s available now on the App Store now.....

    An update for Mines in Space should be coming VERY soon....so keep your fingers crossed Apple get it through quickly.....the main feature request that has been added is the flag mode lock to help those who play in this way.
    Thanks for all your other comments and feedback!
    Happy Christmas from The Quagaaars!

  • http://www.minesinspace.com/xmasinspace HigeFive

    Hi All,

    We’ve just released our FREE Xmas music game, featuring the aliens from Mines in Space.

    Xmas in Space : Play-a-Long Christmas Carols
    It’s available now on the App Store now.....

    An update for Mines in Space should be coming VERY soon....so keep your fingers crossed Apple get it through quickly.....the main feature request that has been added is the flag mode lock to help those who play in this way.
    Thanks for all your other comments and feedback!
    Happy Christmas from The Quagaaars!

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