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Download 3D-Minesweeper (Windows Binary)
Extract the zip file, double click mine3D.exe, press "Tab"
for help, and enjoy!
Change parameters in
"game_parameters.txt" to customize gameplay.
How To Play
The help screen summarizes the essential rules
of the game:
Notice how all 26 (3^3-1) surrounding locations
to a spot are used to determine the "mine count".
My feeling is that the "standard" game settings
should be a 6 by 6 by 6 board with a 10% mine density.
These are the default parameters that come with the
Here is a typical first move with such settings:
Initially, the game seems unwieldy and impossibly
After a bit of practice, however, the game
becomes essentially easier than 2D minesweeper.
One almost never needs to make a "guess" when playing:
if anything, there is an overabundance of information that
can be used.
The game is fun because it involves mentally
tracking logical clues in 3D space.
For beginners who are not use to thinking about
adjacency in 3D, I recommend a 10x10x10 board
with a 4% mine density.
A larger map with a 4% mine density would look
something like the following
The way to be Epic with this game is to be able to
solve complicated medium-sized boards quickly.
My best time for solving a 6x6x6 board
with a 10% mine density is 68.7 seconds
Solving extremely large boards becomes
frustrating because one will inevitably
make a silly mistake.
Perhaps a way to have large boards and still
have the game be fun would be to make a multiplayer
mode in which multiple players work on
solving the same board and any player who hits a mine can
no longer help and must be a spectator only.