Minesweeper Genius combines the logical challenges of Picross and Minesweeper, available on iOS and Android

By , on May 21, 2018
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Minesweeper and Picross (and Picross-inspired games) have more than a few variants on mobile, but Minesweeper Genius blends elements of the two to create a charming and clever puzzle hybrid.

Reminiscent of how Swap Sword had you navigating a character through a match-3 grid, Minesweeper Genius turns each stage into a maze of mines to manuver through, guiding broom-wielding genius Aristotle through a gauntlet of science experiments step-by-step. Similar to Picross games, numbers on the rows and colums allow you to logically deduce which tiles are either rigged to blow or safe to walk along; Minesweeper-style markers also provide additional information as the randomly-generated puzzles grow more challenging.

Special tiles introduce new movement rules, shifting entire rows and colums over a space or letting you leap over a tile, among others. Each new mechanic gradually increases the trickiness of Minesweeper Genius' stages, although a new layout is always just a restart away if any stage proves too taxing.

Minesweeper Genius is available for $1.99 on the App Store and Google Play.