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The object of the game is to uncover all of the squares which do not house bombs. You uncover squares by clicking them.

Uncovered squares are shown in a lighter grey and they often contain a number. The number tells you how many bombs there are in the eight surrounding squares.

If an uncovered square contains no number, it means there are no bombs in the surrounding squares and the surrounding squares will be automatically uncovered. This is why a single click will sometimes uncover many squares.

To help you remember where the bombs are and to prevent you from accidentally setting them off, you can place flags by right-clicking squares. On touch devices you can long-press squares instead.

The best way to learn is to play!

If you haven't played before you should start on "Easy". At higher difficulties there are more squares and a higher percentage of those squares will be bombs, but other than that, the game is the same.

Approximately 12% or 1 in 8 squares are bombs.

Approximately 16% or 1 in 6 squares are bombs.

Approximately 21% or 1 in 5 squares are bombs.

The rest of this walkthrough will use the 9x9 (

Don't worry too much about where you start, because your first click will never be a bomb. The positions of the bombs are actually determined after your first click and the clicked square, along with the 8 surrounding squares are guaranteed to be bomb-free.

That said, I advise that you start by clicking somewhere in the middle. In the middle you are guaranteed to cleared at least 9 squares with your first click, but if you click one of the corner or edge squares, you're only guaranteed to clear 4 or 6 squares respectively.

On this occasion clicking the square in the very center, cleared the majority of the squares, due to a large number of adjecent squares with no bombs in their surroundings.

To deduce where bombs lie, you should focus on the numbers in the cleared squares and decide if there is only one way to position that many bombs in the surrounding 8 squares.

Look at the yellow-highlighted "2" in the top left hand side of the following screenshot. The 8 surrounding squares are also highlighted yellow. Six of the surrounding squares have already been cleared. This means that in order to satisfy the "2", the 2 remaining squares must both be bombs (yellow circles).

There are several other places where you can make similar deductions, which are highlighted in different colours.

Right-click each of squares where you know there is a bomb. Doing so will cause the bomb count in the top right to decrease, though that doesn't necesarily mean your flag placement was correct.

It's important to remember that your objective is not to flag all the bombs, but to clear all of the squares where there are no bombs. After all, that is the true test of whether or not your flags are in the correct places.

Look at orange-highlighted "1" in the top right hand side of the following screenshot. We know there is 1 bomb in its surrounding 8 squares (also highlighted orange).

5 of the surrounding squares have already been cleared, so we only have to worry about the 3 below it. We have already flagged one of them as a bomb, which satisfies the "1", so the other two (orange crosses)must not have bombs.

Here's your bravery test: Click them!

Hopefully nothing exploded and you can find more such instances.

Continue looking for places where there must or must not be bombs.

Keep going until you've placed every flag.

Now you've placed all 10 flags, all that's left is to click the remaining squares. First check the numbers add up to make sure you don't trip on the finishing line.

If all goes well all of the bombs will be revealed.

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