Archived Minesweeper Files


Minesweeper Addicts (1999-2010)

Minesweeper Addicts was a popular Minesweeper group originally hosted by eGroups and later Yahoo! Groups. The group was used to share programs, screenshots and early versions of the world ranking. Yahoo! deleted most of the files in 2005 before Sara Chrysler closed the Group in 2010. The group totalled 1304 messages from 379 members.

2010-06-09 ZIP file of all surviving messages and files from the Group (11 MB).

Minesweeper Club (1999-2006)

Minesweeper Club was the first Minesweeper group created on Yahoo! Clubs. When Yahoo! merged Clubs into eGroups in 2001 the name changed from Minesweeper to Minesweeper2 which killed the group because Yahoo! searches used exact keyword matches. The group totalled 88 messages from 44 members.

2006-05-26 ZIP file of all surviving messages and files from the Group (1 MB).

Project Minesweeper Utopia (2002-2003)

Project Utopia was a Yahoo! Group created in October 2002 by Edu Cros. The purpose was to develop a new version of Minesweeper to prevent UPK cheating. The group closed in March 2003 when new clones such as Global Mines and Minesweeper X were released.

2003-12-08 ZIP file of all surviving messages and files from the Group (1 MB).

Minesweeper Tips (1997-1999)

Guestbook was the center of the early Minesweeper community.

2000-11-18 PDF of the complete Guestbook from 1997-2000 (45pgs).

The Unofficial Minesweeper Page (1996-2000)

Popular Minesweeper shareware site.

2000-06-07 PDF of the complete Guestbook from 1997-2000 (11pgs).

Hall of the Minesweeper (1997-1999)

Short strategy guide and an introduction to Minesweeper.

1999-08-20 PDF of the complete Guestbook from 1997-1999 (5pgs).

Intermediate Minesweeper World Records (1998-1999)

Intermediate ranking accepting scores under 30 seconds.

2000-06-13 PDF of the complete Guestbook from 1998-2000 (7pgs).

Authoritative Minesweeper (2000-2019)

The Guestbook at Authoritative Minesweeper is 20 years old and keeps going!

2001-11-24 HTML pages of complete Guestbook.
2002-06-13 HTML pages of complete Guestbook.
2003-01-17 HTML pages of complete Guestbook.
2004-03-07 HTML pages of complete Guestbook.
2004-09-09 HTML pages of complete Guestbook.
2005-06-24 HTML pages of complete Guestbook.
2006-12-31 HTML pages of complete Guestbook.
2007-12-31 HTML pages of complete Guestbook.
2008-12-31 HTML pages of complete Guestbook.
2009-12-31 HTML pages of Guestbook with posts but missing replies.
2010-12-31 HTML pages of Guestbook with posts but missing replies.
2020-12-31 PDF of complete Guestbook from 2011 to 2020 (490pgs).

The Intermediate Hall of Fame (2001-2002)

Intermediate rankings and Minesweeper essays.

2001-12-01 PDF of the complete Guestbook from 2001 (18pgs).
2003-05-10 PDF of surviving posts from the Guestbook 2002-2003 (6pgs).

Active Ranking (2002-2004)

Fortnightly competition ranking players by their best Intermediate and Expert sum.

2006-07-06 PDF of the complete Guestbook from 2002-2006 (58pgs).

Russia Minesweeper Ranking (2003-2010)

Minesweeper ranking for players from the former Soviet Union.

2011-10-25 PDF of the complete Guestbook from 2003-2011 (76pgs).

B.O.M.B. Minesweeper Clan Homepage (2004-2006)

Site was created by three German players and was the first website with a 3BV/s ranking.

2006-08-09 Complete German Guestbook (39pgs).

Russia Minesweeper Ranking (2003-2010)

Minesweeper ranking for players from the former Soviet Union.

2014-02-07 PDF of surviving Forum topics from 2008-2014 (37pgs).

Minesweepers.org (2003-2016)

World rankings using an offline Winmine clone with a detailed strategy guide.

2007-02-24 PDF of surviving Forum topics from 2005-2007 (22pgs).

All Dreamboard Shifts (2004)

Rodrigo Camargo wrote a program to cycle through boards and made a video of himself playing all eight Dreamboard shifts.

2004-10-17 AVI video (1 MB).

Lasse Nyholm Live Videos (2005)

In April 2005 a new player called "Benson" claimed that world records must be fake and demanded evidence. This prompted the World #1 player, Lasse Nyholm, to make three videos of himself playing Minesweeper. In the end, Benson turned out to be another top Minesweeper player.

2005-04-04 Expert 49s video showing entire computer.
2005-04-04 Expert 49s video showing Minesweeper game.
2005-04-05 Expert 51s video showing entire computer and hand on mouse.

Kamil Murański Live Videos (2010)

World record holder Kamil Murański made several YouTube videos showing his hand and mouse.

2009-09-25 MP4 Intermediate 8.59s video (3 MB).
2009-09-18 MP4 Expert 40.23s video (6 MB).
2010-12-28 MP4 Expert 32.71s video (8 MB).

Minesweeper Guide (1992)

One of the earliest known guides to playing Minesweeper posted in a Usenet group by Daniel Silevitch.

1992-10-26 PDF (56 KB)

Minesweeper (1992)

John Lowenthal wrote a 117 book about Minesweeper strategy in 1992. He also wrote OPENsweeper which implemented some of his solving strategies and was one of the first Minesweeper games to save replays.

1992-12-13 PDF (20 MB)

Bestever Ranking (2002-2004)

The Bestever ranking was created September 2002 in the Minesweeper Addicts group. The ranking was originally called the "World Ranking" then "Best Ever Players" and then simply "Bestever". Updates soon became fortnightly with players ranked by sum of their best Beginner, Intermediate and Expert games using the format from Authoritative Minesweeper. There was also a Sub70 Expert list and Georgi Kermekchiev maintained both lists until June 2004 when the ranking moved to Planet Minesweeper. In 2005, Yahoo! deleted the database but 20 updates survive with the final ranking listing 263 players. This archive contains rankings prior to the move to Planet Minesweeper.

2004-06-15 ZIP file with the surviving 20 Bestever rankings (1 MB).

How To Chord (2009)

A detailed presentation on how to chord efficiently written by Fritz.

2009-01-06 PowerPoint presentation (2 MB)

Guinness World Records (2012-2014)

Kamil Murański was recognised by Guinness World Records in 2012 and 2014 for having the lowest Beginner, Intermediate and Expert sum. Certificate dates are when these were issued not when the score was made. The second certificate failed to print the "ń" correctly!

2012-10-11 38.89 (0.49 - 7.27 - 31.13)
2014-07-23 38.65 (0.49 - 7.03 - 31.13)