It’s been almost thirty years that Microsoft rolled out Minesweeper on their Windows operating system in 1990. The instant hit, developed by Curt Johnson was introduced to Windows thanks to Robert Donner. Johnson and Donner both were working at Microsoft during those times in 1990.
The two guys, Johnson and Donner, most likely had little knowledge of the phenomenon this little game would make, and that the two bright minds would have on casual gaming history. Like it is with many things, timing and luck played a big part in the success of Minesweeper these two guys were willing to take the chance, and believed in the game so much, that they wanted to integrate it to Windows.
The game has had little development in the recent years, although the popularity of the game remains high – and the familiarity of the game to most due to the fact that Windows had what some might say monopoly over the operating systems back in 1990 and beginning of 2000. However, some playing websites have given the iconic game a modern revamp – which is important especially considering the devices people use for playing and browsing these days. HTML5 technology has proven to be a good choice to build games that work responsively across devices. One Minesweeper game can be found at Pasianssi.com that has been developed using this particular technology.
Only time will tell what kind of different variations of Minesweeper we will see as times go along. Perhaps even some kind of virtual or augmented reality version will be introduced of the game. It would surely be exciting to virtually be present on the Minesweeper board swiping and flagging those mines.