Minesweeper was clearly one of the two exciting ways to waste time at work (after the classic Solitaire game, of course), but the Windows 8 operating system doesn’t include this popular game.
A freeware Minesweeper game, however, had been available in the Store, but this particular version wasn’t compatible with Windows RT and, consequently, with Microsoft’s very own Surface RT.
Well, good news for Minesweeper fans and Surface RT owners, as Microsoft has just updated the game with support for Windows RT too.
The game is, obviously, available in the Store for free and provides the same exciting gaming experience as on the previous Windows platforms. It features two different play modes (the classic one and a so-called “Adventure” mode) and comes with a new interface, new sounds and effects.
While some users could find the built-in ads a bit annoying, the Windows RT Minesweeper also comprises a step-by-step guide that provides instructions on how to play the game.
Last but not least, Minesweeper for both Windows RT and Windows 8 comes with Xbox Live support, so gamers receive daily challenges, achievements and online leaderboards to compare their scores with those recorded by other players.
“Play the classic puzzle game that has been a part of Windows for more than 20 years, now re-imagined for Windows 8. Featuring adjustable difficulty, classic Minesweeper gameplay, and a brand new Adventure mode, Microsoft Minesweeper is better than ever,” the official product description in the Windows Store reads.
As for Solitaire and the other classic Windows games, they’re yet to provide Windows RT support, but Microsoft promises that both Solitaire and Mahjong will be updated in the near future. Windows 8 users, on the other hand, can already find them in the Store.
Click here to load the Microsoft Minesweeper product page in your browser and read more information about this new game for Windows 8.