When Apple added widget functionality in iOS 8, it greatly expanded the kinds of cool things you could do with the lock screen on your iOS device. Most widgets have offered some sort of utility benefit, but there’s a small number of developers who have brought gaming to the lock screen through widgets. First we had Overglide, which allowed you to play a simple cave flying game on your lock screen. Then there was the inevitable arrival of a 2048 widget. Widget functionality was even added to one of our favorite “non-game" games, Godville. Now, Overglide developer AA Mather is back with another widget game, and this time they’re bringing a PC classic to the lockscreen with Minesweeper – Widget Edition ($0.99).
As I’ve mentioned before on our podcast, I’m not a big widget user, gaming or utility. I just don’t really gain any benefit from them, as for me it’s just as easy to unlock my phone and do what I want to do using an actual app. That said, I do find all this widget gaming business pretty cool, and if you’ve enjoyed previous widget game experiences, and you like Minesweeper, you’ll likely enjoy Minesweeper – Widget Edition. More info and discussion can be found in the game’s forum thread.