Minesweeper Game Downloads


  • Year
  • Strategy
    Find Path
  • Platform
    X Windows

Mines - Game Overview

Mines was written in 1992 for X Windows by Ross Thompson.

The game is a port of the Macintosh Mines game by Daniel Griscom (1988). Thomson credits the earlier game for inspiration but he wrote his own code. The object of the game is to find a path from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. The left button opens cells, the middle button marks cells with a bomb icon while the right button starts a new game.

He added a new feature where the cells immediately adjacent to a zero automatically open. He also added a basic solver so if you type "S" the game will open obviously safe locations. Another new feature was a slider at the bottom of the game to adjust the number of mines, up to a maximum of 50% density.

Version History

A list of all known versions sorted by platform then version. Email admin@ if you have more! See the Downloads section for available files.

X WindowsNAOriginal release.


Screenshots are sorted by platform then version.


Versions are listed by platform, version, year, earliest known date and source of the date information.

X WindowsNA19921992-09-01Source code
SHR (Shell Archive)Code English, C


People and companies are listed by platform, version, name, role and source of the information.

X WindowsNA
Daniel GriscomMac game bySource code
Ross ThompsonBySource code
Steven HawleyBomb iconSource code
Tom AndersonSunTools game bySource code

Game Links

Dead sites are often available at archive.org.

  • https://groups.google.com/g/comp.sources.x/c/bbo1iyU5L1s/m/ZUaDDc1GpTUJ
    Usenet post 10 Mar 1993 by Ross Thompson announcing Mines.

Entity Links

Dead sites are often available at archive.org.

  • https://www.linkedin.com/in/ross-thompson-6bb181/
    Ross Thompson profile.

  • http://www.suitable.com/
    Daniel Griscom homepage.

  • https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-anderson-9692a76/
    Linkedin profile for Tom Anderson.