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Writer(s)Ian Andrew
Platform(s)ZX Spectrum, Dragon 32, BBC Micro, Acorn Electron, Oric, Camputers Lynx

Mined-Out (also known as Minesweeper in some countries[citation needed]) is a video game released for the ZX Spectrum in 1983 by Quicksilva,[1] where a player must cross a minefield successfully using logic. Although Mined-Out was not the first game in the style of Minesweeper, it was the first to be released on a home computer, and to display how many mines are adjacent to the player.[2]

The game was written by Ian Andrew, an early adopter of the ZX81 and Spectrum. He learned to program BASIC in his spare time, and sent a copy of Mined-Out to Quicksilva after they published an advert wanting programs to publish.[3] It received a positive reception, with Home Computing Weekly describing it as "excellent fun to play".[4]

The game was later ported to other home computers, including the Dragon 32, BBC Micro and Acorn Electron, while Andrew founded his own company, Incentive Software.[3]


  1. ^ "Watch Out There's A Mine About". Computer and Video Games (18): 16. April 1983.
  2. ^ "7 classic video games that are older than you think". cracked.com. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Mined-Out and Confuzzzzed". Crash (16). May 1985. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Software Reviews". Home Computing Weekly (8): 22. April 1983. Retrieved 20 January 2014.

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