Minesweeper Now Available WorldwideAugust 24, 2011 No Comments
When Microsoft launched both Minesweeper and Sudoku for free on the Windows Phone marketplace, not everyone was happy. Actually most of the world wasn’t happy since the games were only available in the US. Microsoft not only corrected the situation (for one of the titles so far), they also explained what happened in their Windows Team Blog.Â Minesweeper is now available everywhere else in the world and Microsoft promises more are to come – including Sudoku. Below is the official word from Microsoft.
Minesweeper, the ad-supported Xbox LIVE game we debuted in the U.S. Marketplace recently, is launching as a free download around the world (except Brazil and Korea). The title, which for now is English only, should be available by early tomorrow morning in your local Marketplace.
Itâ€™s no secret that two weeks ago when we announced Minesweeper and another free ad-supported game, Sudoku, many of you who live elsewhere were disappointed to learn they were U.S. only titles. A few folks were downright mad, and questioned our international aspirations and commitment.
We took notice. You see, a lot of time is spent here working on ways to get our phone and apps in the hands of more people around the world (for evidence, see here and here), so your reaction struck a chord.
â€œItâ€™s not that we donâ€™t want to have worldwide consumer releases,â€ John Dongelmans, a director of Xbox LIVE games marketing and one of the early responders, told me. â€œBut in some cases we face challenges due to feature availability and licensing restrictions.â€
Dongelmans said the team is working hard to ensure more Xbox LIVE titles for Windows Phone are available more broadly in the futureâ€”including, by the way, Sudoku.
â€œWe are serious about resolving this.â€
Minesweeper, the classic puzzle game, is now available on the Windows Phone!Â The goal is to clear random minefields using flags to safely mark potential mines. One wrong move will detonate the entire board. Sweep your way through Classic and Speed modes, each with as many as 4 different levels of difficulty. Play your way through and earn powerups to help you navigate the board and unlock achievements for your LIVE account.
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