Free Classic Minesweeper Apps For iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone

Click for click, there is probably no other computer game that has wasted more people’s time than the classic Minesweeper puzzle game ;-) The object of the game is to clear an abstract minefield without detonating a mine.

Part of the reason for its popularity and longevity (apart from the addictive gameplay) is probably that it has been bundled into all versions of Windows for decades and hundreds of versions have been made available on almost every computing platform.

But with so many to choose from, which are the best free classic Minesweeper apps for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android and Windows Phone devices?

Minesweeper Q – iPhone and iPod Touch

Tagline – Classic Minesweeper game for iOS. Standard game rules with best, smoothest, very fast interface
Averages ratings – 4.5 stars
Cost – free
Adverts? Ad sponsored (Premium version with no ads is $1.99)
Requirement – iOS 3.1 (or higher)
Size – 18MB
Download – and more info at iTunes store here.

Features: Same as for the iPad version below.

Minesweeper Q – iPad (From the same developer)

Tagline – Classic Minesweeper game for iPad. Standard game rules with best, smoothest, very fast interface
Averages ratings – 4.5 stars
Cost – free
Adverts? Ad sponsored (Premium version with no ads is $2.99)
Requirement – iOS 3.2 (or higher)
Size – 18MB
Download – and more info at iTunes store here.

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Features:

Easy to control (Drag scroll, Quick change mode, Quick open…etc)
First tap luck
Optional sound assist
Highscore/Statistics data
Game center support
8 appearance include classic style & shuffle
3 classic difficulty
Fully configurable, board size & number of mines.
Quick Overview
Auto save
Fast launch time
Build in help & Video tutorial
iOS4 multi-tasking support
Share with Twitter & Facebook
Retina High resolution support

Note: The developer of both these apps has a YouTube channel of videos showing different levels from beginner to advanced level here.

Minesweeper Classic (Mines) – Android

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Tagline – Classic Minesweeper game for your Android (also known as Mines).
Averages ratings – 4.4 stars
Cost – free
Adverts? Ad sponsored (Premium version available)
Requirement – Android 1.5 (or higher)
Size – 0.6MB
Download – and more info at Android Market here.

Features:

Online highscores
Large scrollable and zoomable game area
Nice, clean and easy to use interface

Minesweeper (by Microsoft) – Windows Phone

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Tagline – Minesweeper, the classic puzzle game, is now available on the Windows Phone! Play your way through and earn powerups to help you navigate the board and unlock achievements for your LIVE account.
Averages ratings – 4 stars
Cost – free
Adverts? Yes, heavy promotion of Microsoft’s Bing search engine as shown in the example screenshot
Requirement – Windows Phone 7
Size – 16MB
Download – and more info at Windows Phone Marketplace here.

Features:

Classic Minesweeper from Microsoft
Classic and Speed modes – each with as many as 4 different levels of difficulty

Conclusion

All these games offer as close to the classic Minesweeper experience as possible and work particularly well on mobile devices – great fun for whiling away a few hours and as horribly addictive as the original…

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