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Microsoft Minesweeper

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Title Screen

Microsoft Minesweeper

Developer: Arkadium
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Platform: Windows
Released internationally: October 26, 2012

DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.

To do:
Document more of 4.x's UI overhaul, maybe even have a separate page for it. That, and a Garden theme seems to be in the 4.x.

Debug Menu

Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
Specifically: Can this be accessed?
Download.png Download Microsoft Minesweeper Debug Files
File: MicrosoftWindows8Games-DebugFiles.rar (9 KB) (info)

Like the other Microsoft games developed by Arkadium, in /Common/DebugModule/ there are 5 .xbf files containing data for a debug menu. There is a sixth debug file, AdModuleDebug.xbf, stored in /Arkadium.Advertisement/View/.

Regional Differences

Note: this section only applies to version 3.1.9160 (and possibly earlier). Version 4.x doesn't have a garden theme at all.

When the game is in Italian, Serbian, Simplified Chinese, or Traditional Chinese, "modern theme" disappears, and only "garden theme" is available. The tile image is also changed to depict the garden theme. (Note that Metro apps follow the "preferred languages" list, and not the "Windows display language")

English Italian
English theme settings Italian theme settings
Modern Garden
LargeTile MicrosoftMinesweeper LargeTile.scale-400.jpg MicrosoftMinesweeper Garden LargeTile.scale-400.jpg
MediumTile MicrosoftMinesweeper MedTile.scale-400.jpg MicrosoftMinesweeper Garden MedTile.scale-400.jpg
SmallTile MicrosoftMinesweeper SmallTile.scale-400.jpg MicrosoftMinesweeper Garden SmallTile.scale-400.jpg
WideTile MicrosoftMinesweeper WideTile.scale-400.jpg MicrosoftMinesweeper Garden WideTile.scale-400.jpg

Version Differences

Version 4.x is a rewrite that brings it closer to the current (as of 2022) version of its cousin Microsoft Solitaire Collection.

Version 3.x and older are made with .NET and XAML (they have dependencies `Microsoft.NET.Native.Framework.2.2` and `Microsoft.NET.Native.Runtime.2.2`). Version 4.x onwards are made with Unity.

Like Microsoft Solitaire Collection, version 4.x of Microsoft Minesweeper comes with a redesign that matches Windows 11 visual styles, along with a UI overhaul.