Minesweeper Games (Spectrum)

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The Spectrum Computer was released in 1982 and built until 1987. It was mainly sold in the UK, although clones were sold elsewhere and it was popular in the Soviet Union until much later. Most games for the Spectrum are written in Sinclair BASIC and use a keyboard or optional joystick. You can play most of them using the free Eighty-One emulator. Some games listed here require a TR-DOS emulator, such as Spectaculator, and this is noted where relevant.

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[edit] 1994 - Miner

Vlad Corp (Russia) Download: Miner 1994
Link: World of Spectrum
It features a 20x30 grid with 45 mines. It is not clear whether this version or the Sergey Kurganov version is a copy or later release of the other, or if they just happen to use the same loading screen. Language is Russian.
Written for the ZX Spectrum 128K using TR-DOS. You will need to use an emulator that supports the Pentagon 128 or the Scorpion ZS 256.

Note: Author could not get program to work with Spectaculator - Aug 2010

[edit] 1994 - Mines

Code: Matlasoft (Czech Republik)
Graphics: Art (Czech Republik)
Sound: Scalex (Czech Republik)
Download: Mines 1994
Link: World of Spectrum
Direction controls are 6,7,8,9 and 0 is a click. Grid is 10x10 and starts with 8 mines. After each level more mines are added and you receive points for speed. You keep advancing and accumulating points until you lose a game.
Written for the ZX Spectrum 128K.

[edit] 1994 - Mine Sweeper

Evgeny Chudinov (Russia) Download: Mine Sweeper 1994-03-14
Link: World of Spectrum
Controls are O left, P right, Q up, A down, [SPACE] click and [ENTER] flag. Grid is 20x30 and the 9 levels range from 20 to 180 mines. Language is Russian.
Written for the ZX Spectrum 128K using TR-DOS. You will need to use an emulator that supports the Pentagon 128 or the Scorpion ZS 256, such as Spectaculator.

[edit] 1995 - Bomber

Stone Man
Excellent Four Software (Russia)
Download: Bomber 1995
Link: World of Spectrum
Three levels are 10x10 (20 mines), 16x16 (30 mines), and 20x20 (50 mines). You can hit 10 mines on Beginner, 3 on Intermediate and 5 on Expert before dying.. Controls are directions with 6,7,8,9 and 0 to click, [SPACE] to flag.
Written for the ZX Spectrum 128K using TR-DOS. You will need to use an emulator that supports the Pentagon 128 or the Scorpion ZS 256, such as Spectaculator.

[edit] 1995 - Miner

Simple Company (Russia) Download: Miner 1995
Link: World of Spectrum
Controls are O left, P right, Q up, A down, [SPACE] flag or questionmarks, and M to click. Levels range from 8x8 (10 mines) to 20x24 (99 mines). Language is Russian.
Written for the ZX Spectrum 128K using TR-DOS. You will need to use an emulator that supports the Pentagon 128 or the Scorpion ZS 256, such as Spectaculator.

[edit] 1995 - Minesweeper

Florin Giurcan
SOFTEC (Romania)
Download: Minesweeper 1995
Link: World of Spectrum
Controls are O left, P right, Q up, A down, and M click. Grids are 10x10 (10 mines), 16x16 (40 mines), 21x21 (80 mines). Openings do not exist, instead a square is given a 0 if it has no mines. Score is the number of squares opened before losing. Language is English.
Written for the ZX Spectrum 48K.

[edit] 1995 - Minesweeper

MiPH&T Hackers Club (Russia) Download: Miner 1995
Link: World of Spectrum
Controls for directions are 6,7,8,9 while [SPACE] is a flag or questionmark, 0 a click. One grid size, a 16x30 board with 99 mines. Language is English with some Russian.
Written for the ZX Spectrum 128K using TR-DOS. You will need to use an emulator that supports the Pentagon 128 or the Scorpion ZS 256, such as Spectaculator.

[edit] 1995 - Minesweeper

Code: Tiger Core (Belarus)
Graphics - Dr. Li (Belarus)
Download: Minesweeper 1995-11-12
Link: World of Spectrum
Grid is 20x20 and three levels are 40, 60 and 80 mines. Controls are O left, P right, Q up, A down, M click, F flag. Language is Russian with English menu.
Written for the ZX Spectrum 48K and 128K. Dr Li is actually Anatoly Levshevich.

[edit] 1996 - Minelayer

Dmitriy Gerasimov
Alex Art (Russia)
Download: Minelayer 1996
Link: World of Spectrum
There is at least one level with an 11x11 grid with 10 mines. It is unclear if you have 7 lives to clear this level or if you play until all lives are lost.
Written for the ZX Spectrum 128K using TR-DOS. You will need to use an emulator that supports the Pentagon 128 or the Scorpion ZS 256.

Note: Author could not get program to work with Spectaculator - Aug 2010

[edit] 1996 - Minesweeper

Peter Turanyi
Softhouse Ltd (Slovakia)
Download: Minesweeper 1996
Link: World of Spectrum
Controls are O left, P right, Q up, A down, M flag and [SPACE] click. One level only, an 8x8 grid with 10 mines.
Written for the ZX Spectrum 48K.

[edit] 1997 - Minesweeper

Panc Software (Russia) Download: Minesweeper 1997
Link: World of Spectrum
One level only, a 14x21 grid with 50 mines.
Written for the ZX Spectrum 128K using TR-DOS. You will need to use an emulator that supports the Pentagon 128 or the Scorpion ZS 256, such as Spectaculator.

[edit] 1997 - Sex Minesweeper

Ufo Group (Ukraine) Download: Sex Minesweeper 1997-05
Link: World of Spectrum
The controls are O left, P right, Q up, A down, [CAPS SHIFT] for a flag and [SPACE] to click. There are more than 40 levels which can be customised with 1 to 128 mines on a 20x20 grid. If you press 6 particular keys, then instead of openings you see a picture in the background, but the game does not give the code. Language is English with some Russian text.
Written for the ZX Spectrum 128K using TR-DOS. You will need to use an emulator that supports the Pentagon 128 or the Scorpion ZS 256, such as Spectaculator.

[edit] 1998 - Miner

Vitamin (Russia) Download: Miner 1998
Link: World of Spectrum
Grids are all 20x20 but with 30, 50 or 80 mines. You have 3 lives to complete each level. Controls are O for left, P right, Q up, A down, 0 click, [SPACE] flag. Language is Russian.
Written for the ZX Spectrum 128K using TR-DOS. You will need to use an emulator that supports the Pentagon 128 or the Scorpion ZS 256, such as Spectaculator.


[edit] 1999 - Miner

Igor Butakov
MixSoft (Russia)
Download: Miner <1999-09-06
Link: World of Spectrum
This is a demo version, not a final release. Player starts with 5 lives. Controls are O left, P right, Q up, A down, 1 flag, [SPACE] click. Grid is 15x15. Language is English.
Written for the ZX Spectrum 128K using TR-DOS. You will need to use an emulator that supports the Pentagon 128 or the Scorpion ZS 256, such as Spectaculator.

[edit] 1999 - Miner

Sergey Kurganov (Russia) Download: Miner <1999-06-09
Link: World of Spectrum
Written for the ZX Spectrum 128K using TR-DOS. You will need to use an emulator that supports the Pentagon 128 or the Scorpion ZS 256. It is not clear whether this version or the Vlad Corp version is a copy or later release of the other, or if they just happen to use the same loading screen. Language is Russian.

Note: Author could not get program to work with Spectaculator - Aug 2010

[edit] 1999 - Mine

Ivan Benishek (Serbia) Download: Mine <1999-09-24
Link: World of Spectrum
Direction control are 6,7,8,9 while [ENTER] is flag. There seems to be a mistake in the program, as [SPACE] should be a click but causes an error message. The game starts by asking for Height (2 to 20), Width (2-26) and Mines (1 to H*W-3).
Written for the ZX Spectrum 48K. You will need to play in an emulator that supports Z80 files, such as Spectaculator.

[edit] 2003 - ZX Mines

Santiago Iglesias
Compiler Software (Spain)
Download: ZXMines 2003-01-23
Link: World of Spectrum
Download: ZXMines 2.0. 2003-01-24
Link: World of Spectrum
Original version has grids of 8x8 (8 mines), 10x10 (12 mines) and 12x12 (25 mines). It uses the standard O for left, P right, Q up, A down, and [SPACE] as a click. It is slow generating boards and openings. Version 2.0 was written the next day in C for comparison. It is much faster, has three sets of controls, and its grids are 8x8 (8 mines), 12x12 (18 mines) and 15x15 (30 mines). Score is the number of squares opened, there is no timer.
Written for the ZX Spectrum 48K as part of a programming contest. Actual title is "NoP's Minesweeper" and can be played in English or Spanish.
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