Minesweeper! Asteroid Minesweeper! Minesweeper made uber serious, now in 3d, with a rotatable camera and the same high stakes octane gameplay. If you have no idea what minesweeper is, then you are either lucky or are using a mac. Virtually every version of the Windows operating system comes with mini games, such as Minesweeper. Where the goal is to clear out the board, without triggering the mines, hence the title.
By thew way this not an easy task, after all everything is hidden and the only clue is the blocks with numbers on them, that hints to how many mines are adjacent. Due to the game being 3d, this means that there can be a mine in every direction with a cube. A point the tutorial hammer inn with a nail. Since only the precise instructions during it will work, which made it quite an annoying level.
Controls in Asteroid Minesweeper are very simple, responsive and comes with various control schemes. Keyboard navigation, tablet keys, or the good old PC mouse. Right click reveals block, if it is a mine it goes boom. So hopefully it is a number, which points to nearby explosives. Meanwhile the mouse wheel key is used to tag a mine and C is used to clear out empty revealed blocks that serve no purpose.
As stated earlier, this one comes in 3d, where rotating the camera becomes a key element in removing blocks. Since a lot of them are hidden in a cluster of blocks. Apparently these clusters are the asteroid mentioned in the title. Graphically it is smooth, monochrome and simple. The only thing with color is the number on the blocks.
Simple, clean and it does get the job done. Eventually the mechanic will add some cruel twists. such as moving mines. As for the music, it’s quite nice and melodic and very relaxing indeed. A mix of ambiance and acoustic guitar, mixed in with some piano. Which most defiantly is a good thing, since the game will become very frustrating, quite fast. It’s a combination of nerve wrecking, anticipation and some skill. Luckily, I have at least five extra tries on most stages. Otherwise Asteroid minesweeper would be a real pain to play. There is also no timer as far as I can see, which is a very good thing. Unfortunately this is not my kind of game, I would personally recommend it. However it is damn addictive. Anyone who enjoy the mind fumblingly frustrating mechanic of sweeping for mines, go ahead and get it. On the flip side, there is a plot in it as well, along with a bucket load of levels and steam achievements . Which gives you great value for the money.
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