Bunny Minesweeper Solo – Xbox One Review
The old classic of minesweeper gets a new look in the form of cartoon rabbits on the vegetable patch in this offering from DillyFrameGames. Bunny Minesweeper Solo comes to us via the Creators Collection from Xbox. This is a scheme whereby small developers or amateur programmers can showcase their talents and get their games out through the Xbox marketplace. These games are usually of the small pick up and play variety and are restricted by not being able to offer online multiplayer, nor support Achievements. As seems to be the case with this game, the projects are often a work in progress, although certainly more developed than anything usually offered as alpha or beta versions of titles.
You take control of one of the quirky looking bunnies, and for those familiar with the concept of the minesweeper genre, you’ll be able to get straight into the gameplay. For those new to the concept it doesn’t take a great deal of explanation. You chose the level of difficulty you want to play, and that determines the size of the field you’ll be playing in. The higher the difficulty, the larger the field. You field is marked out with a grid of squares, and the objective is to uncover all the squares without bombs in them. Where you think a bomb is located, you mark with a flag. When you uncover a square, if there is a bomb in any of the 8 squares touching it, a number will be displayed in the box. So if the number is 1, you know there is only one bomb square touching, a 2 means two bomb squares and so forth. Using your powers of deduction and logic you work out where to put all the flags, uncover the rest of the squares and check your score, based on how long it took you. If you uncover squares where there is no number, all the other unnumbered squares will automatically be uncovered too. Thats something that is really helpful on the bigger grids as it focuses you play in specific areas. To uncover a square, just move the bunny onto the square to highlight it then either plant the flag or uncover it. Get it wrong and uncover a bomb, and bunny is blown into the air and youve failed. Clear the map and you’re showered with carrots from the heavens, and unlock a cosmetic item to dress your bunny in should you wish to.
Your bunny isn’t the only character on the farm, there are small farm animals and other AI characters. They can approach you and get in your way, temporarily slowing down your progress. You can kick them out of the way, but be warned, they don’t take too kindly to it and could come back and give you a good boot halfway across the field! The rabbits don’t walk very quickly across the field, but you can speed them up by hopping to cover a bit more distance quickly. The 3rd person view can be moved around to suit, as well as zooming in and out, very helpful on the bigger maps. My personal preference was to go for a high camera angle looking down on the field, mainly because it gave me more of the top down view I’m used to from minesweeper games.
There are 3 different game modes on offer. The standard mode gives you the basic game, where you can pick from varying levels of difficulty, A good feature is that you dont have to go back to the menu screen to start a new game, you pick a difficulty and start the game with the left and right bumpers. Once you get to grips with the game and want the ultimate challenge, try the Crazy mode and solve a humongous map, that might drive you to rage if you make a mistake after painstakingly playing for the best part of an hour!
The graphical style is very much last-gen but the characters still have a certain charm about them. You customise your bunny with different costumes that you win for completing milestones. Apart from unlocking a couple of different environments, the character extras are the only thing you get awarded, as thanks to this being a Creators Collection game, there are no achievements or Gamerscore on offer.
Bunny Minesweeper Solo may not offer much in terms of depth, but if you love playing minesweeper you’ll enjoy this new twist on the classic. It has a certain charm to it and costing less than a pint of lager in most pubs, its worth taking a punt on, just for something you can dip into for short periods to keep the old grey matter ticking over.