NeggSweeper is based on the real life game of Minesweeper. Actually, it's one of the oldest games on Neopets, made before the days of flash games! And while it may not be original, it's still a Neopets classic.
The point of the game is to flag all of the "mines," or in this case, Neggs. The object is to identify the hiding place of all the Neggs on the board in order to finish the game and get your Neopoints.
Mechanics, as you know, is how the game works. You have a big field of regular gray Neggs, and the mines are Red Neggs; when you click on a gray Negg, it'll either turn into a mine and the game ends or, hopefully, it'll turn out to be safe and turn into a white square with a number in it. That number and all the others in the game are what's so important. They help to tell you where the mines are; each number is a different color, but that's just for some variety. A '1' means that one mine is touching that squarein one of the surrounding 8 spaces; a '2' means that two mines are touching that square, and the cycle continues up to 8. However, '5's and '6's are very uncommon, and '7's and '8's are extremely rare.
Basically, there are two types of squares: clear ones and mines. Clear ones don't have to have numbers, so those that have no mines next to them are blank; when you click on a blank one, it'll actually reveal an island of clear spaces, both itself and all those connected to it. For an example, check out this screenshot:
The game isn't entirely without use of your keyboard, though; to flag a mine, you have to click the square you think its on while holding down your Shift key (even though Neopets says to use the Control key). Remember only to flag the squares that you're sure a mine is on!
Last of all, there are three different difficulty levels to choose from: Easy, Medium and Hard. The only difference between them all is size; Easy is nine by nine squares (81 in total), Medium twelve by twelve (144 in total) and Hard fourteen by fourteen (196 in total). Size makes all the difference, however.
Since NeggSweeper is a game of logic, it's not hard to figure out all the winning moves yourself. However, here's a beginner's tip for those who don't feel like thinking right now:
So, you have four potential mines right there. Obviously, either the top Negg or the one right below it is a mine, but only one is. The same goes for the bottom Negg and the one above it. But it's a simple deduction: the second-top Negg can't be a mine, because then the one below it couldn't be. If the second-top one was a mine, there'd be no other mines connected to the 2. That sure isn't possible. Therefore, the top one and second-lowest one must be the mines! The rest of the game is just one big expansion of that kind of logic.
Beginning a Game
- First, start a game (begin on Easy if you've never played before) and click on a square. If it's a mine, start again; if it's clear, hopefully an island, you've got to start using the numbers given to you.
- If you got a simple '1', forget about it for a while and click on a new square until you get a decent island. When you do, you have to use all of the numbers to decipher where the mines are around them. Let's say you have the following layout:
There's one particularly obvious place where a mine is located, near the bottom-right corner; the square touching five '1's. You don't have to flag it, remember.
- From that island, you can already figure out where most of the mines are. With a quick look at one more screenshot, you can see that NeggSweeper isn't such a hard game.
In a few random squares in every NeggSweeper game there are some special Neggs; when you click on their squares, it'll act normally except that you'll receive a notice at the top of the page explaining that you got extra points depending on the kind of Negg it was. The more points they give, the rarer they are to find. Each color gives a certain amount of points, listed as follows (click the pictures for their Item Database entries):
Cumulative NeggSweeper Scores
Additional trophies can be won for high monthly cumulative scores.
That's about it; just practice and you'll master NeggSweeper in no time. Go for it!
This game guide was written by: Daniel