Minesweeper Flags Review
Minesweeper Flags box art
System: X360 (XBLA) Review Rating Legend
Dev: TikGames 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Microsoft 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Feb. 11, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Minesweeper is designed to be played with a PC mouse, and the Xbox 360 controller is a poor substitute. Using the thumb stick or D-Pad to move the cursor around the board is functional, but it feels sluggish in comparison to the lightning quick decision making possible with a mouse. However, being able to zoom in and out of the board and scroll the camera angle around slightly is helpful.

Minesweeper Flags screenshot

A multiplayer Minesweeper Flag mode offers a new way to play the game. Up to four players can compete on a single square-shaped, top-down board using slightly reversed rules. Instead of trying to work your way around each of the mines, you're goal is to score a direct hit on the mines itself. During a player's turn, they have 10 seconds to select squares on the board. You'll get a point for each mine you hit and a chance to pick another. Missing a mine or running out of time triggers the next player's turn. While it's nice to have the option to play against the computer or pals both locally and on Xbox Live, it can be a drag waiting for your turn. The multiplayer aspect isn't quite as satisfying as the main campaign.

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Spending your hard-earned cash on a game that's readily available for free in its most basic form isn't going to be the first choice for a lot of gamers. But the improvements to the classic design are substantial, and they really make the gameplay more accessible. Minesweeper fans and serious puzzle game enthusiasts will get a ton of mileage out of this upgrade; others might want to take a pass, bank the five bucks, and boot up the PC version.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.7
Graphics
The new look is quite crisp and stylish. Excellent backgrounds.
3.2
Control
The game was designed for a mouse; the controller works but is no substitute.
3.4
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Thematic background music is unobtrusive yet unmemorable.
4.0
Play Value
Campaign mode alone is worth the investment. The multiplayer extras and unlockable achievements further extend the value.
3.7
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • A total visual overhaul in isometric 3D.
  • New play modes including Campaign and Flags.
  • Play against friends locally or online.


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