Brightsoft Minesweeper X
Copyright © 2003–2017 Curtis Bright
This product is FREEWARE. You may use it and distribute it freely with no charge.
Comments, suggestions, or bug reports may be sent to:
You may also send your high-score video recordings to this e-mail address, and you will be included in the high score ranking. Send the file, your name, and the country you reside in.
As well, you may also send your own custom skins for inclusion in the Minesweeper X skin page.
This program was based on Microsoft ® Minesweeper.
I am not affiliated with Microsoft Corp.
Original Minesweeper by Robert Donner and Curt Johnson
Minesweeper X website:
April 25, 2017… Version 1.16. The changes in this version include:
August 24, 2011… Version 1.15. To guard against poaching of videos, a player name may now be saved inside recordings (which remain backwards compatible). For lack of a better place, the name to be saved is set inside the auto options window. Also, pressing R is now a shortcut which will restart a recording being playing and also save & replay a game just finished.
September 16, 2010… Version 1.14.2. Embarrassingly, the last patch introduced a regression concerning the Solved 3BV counter, so another patch is required.
September 13, 2010… Version 1.14.1. Annoyingly, in 1.14 the 3BV would not be calculated in autosaved stats. Thanks to KAmil for finding this so fast.
September 12, 2010… Version 1.14. This is an update designed to smooth over some rough corners which have become evident over the past few years. All bugs known to me have been fixed, including a crash on board widths larger than 135, an issue where the LED timer would not immediately update on the game end, and missing AM/PM designators in the time. Additionally, videos can now be played by dragging them onto the Minesweeper X window or executable, and MVR files may be associated with Minesweeper X. Finally, some restrictions have been relaxed (now videos may be up to 10,000 seconds and mines may cover 99% of the board) and some new settings are remembered (the position of the Statistics Window and the Marks option before playing a video). Also, I just noticed the Win 98 guessing smiley has lighter shading than the Win XP one.
February 26, 2006… Version 1.13.1. After rushing out yesterday's update, I realised that a few borders wouldn't display correctly on small board sizes. Oops. It's fixed now.
February 25, 2006… Version 1.13. Nothing major, but there are a few speed improvements again, and an occasional bit of flicker when depressing cells no longer occurs. Also, I noticed that in the original Minesweeper, clearing large patches of zeros occurs somewhat spiral-like around your cursor. To be completely faithful to the original, I determined the exact order in which the cells are cleared and implemented it in Minesweeper X. Also, previously in Minesweeper X using the middle mouse button would always result in 9-depressed cells, but in the original it may change if you press another button at the same time. In 1.13 it now follows what happens in the original. (In extreme cases, if you've used these button presses then this could affect the playback of your videos... but what happens now is what would have happened on the original.) I did make one exception, because I think there's a bug in the original: now in 1.13, once you click on the smiley button, all your clicks are cleared, but in the original they aren't, and this can cause some strange effects. (e.g., 9-depressed cells while only holding down the right button.)
December 3, 2005… Version 1.12. Very minor update. The statistics window is now no longer "always on top". (It wasn't really necessary, and was annoying sometimes.) Also, now when loading or saving a file the main window doesn't disappear.
November 17, 2005… Version 1.11. I added in the "automatic shutdown timer" option and cleaned up a few things.
November 6, 2005… Version 1.10! Well, I got bitten by the Minesweeper Bug again and decided to make a few upgrades to Minesweeper X, even though I don't know of anyone using it seriously. Now, it's faster than ever, and videos play back better as well. I have re-enabled saving videos on custom boards, since I do not detect any slowdown even when playing back videos on huge boards. I also changed the auto-saving... now you can only auto-save videos or stats, but overall it's more customizable. (I figure these are the only formats that people would need to auto-save... video playback is the most important, and you can convert videos to any other format anyway.)
March 24, 2005… In Version 1.04, I changed a few minor things. Because videos made on huge custom boards would play very slowly, I have disabled recording while on a custom board.
December 20, 2004… There hasn't been much interest in Minesweeper X, so I haven't bothered adding in new features. I am only releasing Version 1.03 to fix a small bug I found. When playing videos, you should not be able to change the Marks option.
Version 1.02 was a minor update released on March 22, 2004. For now the timer will refresh only 40 frames per second on Win XP. Recorded videos should also be a little smaller now.
Version 1.01 was released on March 18, 2004. Videos recorded under Win XP will play fine on slower computers. Computers running Win XP will update the time 100 times per second, but other computers will update the time about 20 times per second. Also, the cursor in the videos has been cut to a smaller size.
For Version 1.00, the entire game was rewritten and everything was optimized. All the cheating options were removed from the game, and recording options were added. Version 1.00 was released on March 14, 2004. (Happy Pi Day!)
Version 0.01 was completed on January 25, 2003, and since then the program has developed to what you see today. Many different 'cheating' options and other advancements were added until Version 0.34, which was released on January 31, 2004. The old version is still available from the website.