Minesweeper: It's Time to Party Like It's 1989

Classic puzzle game returns: Updated visuals, no ads. A fresh take on an old favourite

Minesweeper: It's Time to Party Like It's 1989
The design language used is certainly more colourful than the original!

A blast from the past has resurfaced in the mobile gaming sphere, courtesy of Netflix. The classic puzzle game that once consumed countless hours of productivity on Windows PCs has been reimagined with a distinctly aquatic twist.

Originally developed by Curt Johnson and Robert Donner, this logic-based minefield navigator became a household name when Microsoft bundled it with Windows 3.1 in 1992.

Its addictive simplicity and strategic depth quickly elevated it from a mere time-waster to a cultural touchstone of early computer gaming.


Fast forward to today, and this beloved title has undergone a significant makeover. Gone are the austere grey squares, replaced by vibrant underwater panoramas from around the globe. Players now embark on a maritime journey, using the familiar numerical clues and flag system to identify submerged explosives.

It's a fresh coat of paint on a tried-and-true formula that might raise eyebrows among purists but could also hook a new generation of puzzle enthusiasts.

Netflix's latest game is a mobile take on Minesweeper - The Verge
Colourful climes abound in this new version. Source: Netflix

While the colourful backgrounds and new "journey" mode might seem like overkill to die-hard fans, there's one aspect of this remake that's sure to please everyone: it's completely devoid of ads, in-app purchases, or hidden fees.

In an era where many mobile adaptations of classic games are riddled with monetisation tactics, this ad-free approach feels like a breath of fresh air – or should we say, a gulp of clean seawater?

This reimagined classic joins an impressively diverse lineup in the streaming giant's gaming portfolio. From indie darlings to AAA blockbusters, and even games based on their original programming, the collection runs the gamut of gaming experiences.

The platform is casting a wide net in its bid to become a one-stop-shop for entertainment.

For longtime fans looking to scratch that nostalgic itch or newcomers curious about this piece of gaming history, this aquatic adventure offers a modern twist on a timeless challenge.

Just don't blame us if you find yourself saying "Just one more game" well past your bedtime.