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Die UN 'Stop Landmines' Kampagne nutzte Minesweeper zur Verdeutlichung.
Die UN 'Stop Landmines' Kampagne nutzte Minesweeper zur Verdeutlichung.



Eine Suche auf Google Books liefert 43 000 Ergebnisse für "Minesweeper", wovon sich etwa 1000 tatsächlich auf das Spiel beziehen.

The Curious Incident

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" (2003, Deutsch: "Supergute Tage oder die seltsame Welt des Christopher Boone") ist ein Roman von Mark Haddon über einen Jungen mit Asperger Syndrom. Auf Seite 21 schreibt er: "Then I turned my computer on and played 76 games of Minesweeper and did the Expert Version in 102 seconds, which was only 3 seconds off my best time, which is 99 seconds".

Berühmte Persöhnlichkeiten

Bill Gates

Der Erfinder von Minsweeper, Robert Donner, erzählte dem Gründer dieser Seite, dass Bill Gates Minsweeper spielt. Im Jahr 1990 erzielte dieser eine 4 auf Anfänger, der erste bekannte Minsweeper Rekord. "Bill sent email to me and a program manager inviting us to verify it for ourselves. He said it was sitting on Mike Hallman's machine. I was too busy to go, but the PM [Project Manager] verified it." Damals war Mike Hallman der Präsident des Unternehmens. Minesweeper wurde im Oktober 1990 offiziell veröffentlicht, Betaversionen machten aber schon einige Monate zuvor im Büro die Runde.


Die Autorin der Harry Potter Bücher spielt Minesweeper. Am 15. Mai 2004 postete sie auf ihrer Seite: "In the bad old days, when I wanted a few minutes' break while writing, I used to light up a cigarette. I gave up smoking in the year 2000 and now chew a lot of gum instead (hence the state of my desk). However, chewing a bit of gum does not give you an excuse for a nice little brain-resting break, so instead I like to escape the complexities of the latest plot by playing a quick game of Minesweeper. Since giving up smoking I must boastfully inform you that I have become rather good and that my current best time for expert level is 101 seconds."

Im Dezember 2004 fügte sie hinzu: "Just thought you might like to know that my personal best for Expert Level Minesweeper is now ninety nine seconds. This goes to show how much time I have been spending at this computer, typing 'The Half-Blood Prince'. To those who suggest that I might get on even faster if I stopped taking Minesweeper breaks, I shall turn a deaf ear. It's either Minesweeper or smoking, I can't write if I have to give up both."

Die Zeitungen in Schottland, wo sie lebt, brachten die Story mit vielen Fehlern. Die "Daily Record" sagte, um den Top 100 anzugehören bräuchte sie eine Summe von 95, hätte aber eine 101. Rowling hatte eine 101 auf Profi (nicht insgesamt) und bräuchte eine Summe von 99 (nicht 95) um sich für die Weltrangliste zu qualifizieren. Die "Scotsman" behauptete, sie sei nur 6 Sekunden von den Top 100 Spielern entfernt. Andere Zeitungen wiederholten diese Fehler.


Kapitel 20 von "Math Hysteria" von Ian Stewart.
Kapitel 20 von "Math Hysteria" von Ian Stewart.
Planet Minesweeper ist in Le Figaro aufgeführt.
Planet Minesweeper ist in Le Figaro aufgeführt.
Roman wurde im "World & Capital" Magazin interviewt
Roman wurde im "World & Capital" Magazin interviewt
Der Apple Kindle hat eine versteckte Version von Minesweeper!
Der Apple Kindle hat eine versteckte Version von Minesweeper!
Bertie wurde von interviewt.
Bertie wurde von interviewt.
Kamil wurde von interviewt.
Kamil wurde von interviewt.

Schnellste Zeiten

Am 30. September 1999 wurde gefragt, was die schnellte Minesweeper Zeit sei. Rick Maybury durchsuchte das Internet und antwortete, dass Exper in 120 Sekunden gewonnen wurde.

1 Million Dollar

Richard Kaye (UK) schrieb eine Arbeit im Jahr 1999, in der er zeigte, dass das effiziente Lösen von Minesweeper ein P=NP Problem ist. Diese Arbeit wurde 2000 im Mathematical Intelligencer veröffentlicht. Das Clay Mathematics Institute (USA) sieben Milleniumsprobleme ankündigte, deren Lösung, Beweis oder Widerlegung je eine Million US-Dollar einbringen würde. Ian Steward (USA) sah die Verbindung zu Minesweeper und schrieb im einen Artikel namens "Million Dollar Minesweeper" in der Oktoberausgabe 2000 von Scientific American (Seite 94-95). Am 1. November 2000 hielt er eine Vorlesung am Institut, wie das Lösen von Minesweeper den Preis für das N=NP Problem gewinnen könnte. Viele Zeitungen brachten die Story, so wie die "Boston Globe" (USA, 1. Nov.) und "The Register" (UK, 6. Nov.). Ian Stewart veröffentlichte später die Geschichte in seinem Buch "Math Hysteria: Fun and Games with Mathematics" (2004)

Winmine verbieten

1999 gründete Sergion Chiodo (Italien) die "International Campaign to Ban Winmine" und argumentierte, dass Minesweeper beleidigend gegenüber Opern von Landminen sei. Er schlug vor, die Minen durch Blumen zu ersetzen. Das hat dazu geführt, dass Microsoft "Prato Fiorito" (Blumenfeld) in Italien veröffenlichte - siehe Windows Minesweeper für weitere Informationen. 2001 griffen etliche Zeitungen die Story auf. Wahrscheinlich war die italienische Zeitung "Libero" die erste, dann (18.6.2001), danach noch unter anderen von "The Register" (UK, 21.6.) und "" (USA, 29.6.).

Top Australian

On 15 Jun 2002, Peter Fitzsimmons wrote in his column at the Sydney Morning Herald that he was probably the best player with 61 seconds on the Intermediate level. He asked for his readers to submit their times. On 22 Jun 2002 he admitted defeat, linked to Authoritative Minesweeper and said that David Barry was the Australian champion with 15 seconds.

Le Figaro

One of the large newspapers in France, Le Figaro, used to suggest interesting websites to its readers. On 19 Feb 2003 they recommended Planet Minesweeper. A rough english translation is "On the train, plane, at the house or at work, minesweeper remains a great classic when having a break. This game, extremely simple, consists of finding all the mines hidden under a grid without making them explode in a given time. Internet users can even find information on how to cheat. A list of records is open to all submissions."


Minesweeper is mentioned in over 100 articles on the web that complain playing games at work lowers productivity. Most of these do not discuss minesweeper in particular so are not listed here. One that does is a article on 17 Aug 2009 which lists the Top 10 ways to waste time at work. The opposite view is given in a article on 7 Nov 2003, where Professor Jeffrey Goldstein describes a company that allowed workers to play Solitaire and Minesweeper for one hour each day. Employees were happier and seemed to be more productive. (Many sites then copied the BBC article).

In The Senate

In 2005, Republican Austin Allran, a senator in North Carolina, introduced legislation to remove all free game modules from public computers. It was targeted at Solitaire, Minesweeper, Hearts and Freecell. It did not pass. Reported in on 18 Mar 2005.

Computerra Online

On 14 Jul 2005 Vladimir Orlov wrote an article about minesweeper for the Russian website

Roman Interview 1

After winning the Budapest 2006 minesweeper tournament, Roman Gammel (Russia) was interviewed by a Russian magazine. The two page story "Проверено, мин нет" (Checked, No Mine) was featured 24 Apr 2006 on pages 10 and 11, Issue 3 (2006), of "Мир & КапиталЪ" (World & Capital) magazine. This is a publication of Capital Insurance, and they were proud the world champion was an employee at the company. Roman told them about the history of world rankings and tournaments.

Roman Interview 2

A few months after his first interview, Roman was interviewed by on 29 Jun 2006. It asked many of the same questions, and Roman talked about how he started playing, how he prepared for the tournament, the state of international play and his desire to host a Russian Championship.

Budapest 2008 Review

The Budapest 2008 competition took place at a games show sponsored by Microsoft. The event was reviewed on 25 Oct 2008 by the online magazine They mentioned minesweeper and briefly interviewed the winner, Thomas Kolar (Austria).

Most Popular Game

On 5 May 2009, published an article called "The Most Popular Game Ever: A History of Minesweeper". It briefly describes how to play, the XYZZY cheat and the Landmine controversy.

On 6 Mar 2010, reviewed Minesweeper online. It gives a brief history, links to a tutorial and mentions the International Campaign to Ban Winmine.

Kindle Has Mines

Matthew Humphries, writing for on 30 Sep 2010, revealed that the Amazon Kindle has a hidden version of minesweeper! Users can press SHIFT + ALT + M to access the game.

Bertie Interview

After competing at Munich 2010, Bertie Seyffert was interviewed on 22 Oct 2010 by It described his result, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and his studies.

Aryeh Interview

On 20 Mar 2011, Laura Michet interviewed Aryeh Draeger for ''.

PC World

On 25 Aug 2011, Kamil Muranski wrote an article for on how to play minesweeper.


Kamil Interview

Kamil Muranski was interviewed on 23 Nov 2011 by




On 1 Sep 2004, a television station in Germany called TV! GIGA broadcast a 5 minute story about minesweeper. They played a 1s Beginner video by Jon Simonsen, a 10s Intermediate video by Matt McGinley, and a 43s video by Lasse Nyholm. At the time the world records were 1-10-41. The presenters joked that they should hire Lasse.


Season 1, Episode 2 (Uncertainty Principle) showed math genius Charlie Eppes playing minesweeper and using the P=NP problem to locate a group of bank robbers.


A popular station in Germany called Galileo is planning to show a 15 minute program about minesweeper. They contacted Authoritative Minesweeper on 31 Mar 2009 asking for contact information of the best German players and for a program that could solve the game. The filming took place in Berlin in April and the company paid travel costs. They filmed Robert Benditz (Germany) playing in his house, and Manuel Heider (Germany) playing on his laptop in a park. Then they filmed a competition in an old factory where Robert and Manuel competed against a Cheater using a solver program. It is expected 2 to 3 million viewers will watch the program when it airs.


Action Mines Canada released a minesweeper poster.
Action Mines Canada released a minesweeper poster.

United Nations

The 2008 'Stop Landmines' campaign by the UN featured posters of the world as a minesweeper game.

Action Mines Canada

Action Mines Canada released a minesweeper poster in April 2008 to bring attention to landmines.

Online Video


On 3 Oct 2006, Andrew McCauley (Australia) uploaded the current Expert world record of 38 seconds by Dion Tiu (Australia) to YouTube. Only a few people watched it, then Andrew noticed on 5 Feb 2007 it had suddenly been viewed 14,000 times after appearing on the first page of Three days later it reached 100,000 views and another five days later it hit 500,000 views! The video had gone 'viral'. It reached 1 million hits on 17 Aug 2007 and is currently nearing 4 million. Another video, Dion scoring 37 on Expert, was posted 12 Apr 2007 and is currently nearing 1 million views. Apart from 'Million Dollar Minesweeper', this is the most publicity ever given to the game.


White and Nerdy

Weird Al Yankovic released an album on 26 Sep 2006 with a song called "White & Nerdy". In the song he raps, "I'm a whiz at minesweeper I can play for days" and the music video shows him playing minesweeper - on a Macintosh computer! The song made the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA and various copies of the music video have been viewed by millions.



See Articles for research papers and presentations about minesweeper. This section lists times when minesweeper was taught in class. This list is by no means complete, as it is a popular computer science topic.

Brown University

Students taking CS32 in 1998 were made to program a C++ version of minesweeper for UNIX.


Queen Mary, University of London

From 1998 to 2001, students in the "Introduction to Programming" course were made to study the 600 lines of code in a Java version of minesweeper.


University of Berkeley

A question about programmming minesweeper was used on a midterm test for CS61B in 1999.


Willamette University

In 2007 students in CS241 were given a lab assignment to create a Java application of minesweeper. Bonus points were awarded for designing a GUI.


Hobart & William Smith College

In 2007 students in CS225 were made to modify a Java version of minesweeper to practice recursive programming. Students taking CS124 in 2009 were made to program a minesweeper Java applet.


University of Arizona

In 2007/08/09, Alex Jerabek gave his CS227 students a task to create the game code for a Java version of minesweeper without making the GUI. In 2008/09 he gave a similar assignment to his CS127B class. His successor, Rick Mercer, gave a similar project in 2010 to the CS391 class. Code from a Java version was used in 2009 for CS335 and CS352.


National University of Singapore

In 2008 students in CS1102 were given a tutorial that asked questions about code from a Java version of Minesweeper.


Michigan State University

Students in CSE231 were given a project to write a version of minesweeper in Python using classes in 2008.


Rose Hulman Institute

In 2009/10 students in CSSE220 were made to program a version of minesweeper.


Cal Poly

Cornell ECE 4760 (2010) students test a tilting mouse on their version of minesweeper.
Cornell ECE 4760 (2010) students test a tilting mouse on their version of minesweeper.

Students in 2010 taking CSC305 were made to improve the GUI of a Java version of minesweeper.


University of Texas

Students taking CS307 in 2010 were given code for a Java version of Minesweeper to study.


Cornell University

Students taking ECE 4760 in 2010 built a computer mouse that moved by tilting instead of sliding. As part of their experimental set-up, they made a version of minesweeper to test the effectiveness of the mouse.




On 13 Mar 2003, Emmanuel Brunelliere (France, 1-12-53) had only 2 pupils attend class so he taught them how to play minesweeper!

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