It’s a common misperception that all online casino games come in the form of online slot games or table games, like blackjack or roulette. True, the vast majority of them do fall into these categories, but sometimes an alternative option to what you've always known. The latest of these surprises is Mines Dare2Win, and if you ever played Minesweeper on your old Windows desktop computer, you'll already have a very good understanding of how things unfold. It's all about clicking on windows to reveal the right symbol, but having things blow up if you choose the wrong one. Somewhere in there, up to 10,000x your stake can be yours for the taking.
The first thing to note is that this actually isn’t the first online casino game of its kind. It would seem another casino games developer beat Mines Dare2Win to the punch with this concept. Mining Madness by Gaming Corps is a near-identical release, so while this will frustrate the differing studios, it at least gives you a choice to see which one suits you better. Hacksaw Gaming is the studio that released Mines Dare2Win, and they'll no doubt be brainstorming to see what they can release next that makes it to market first. Regardless, when opening up the game, you'll see something that looks familiar to an online slots title, but it is actually far from it. With slots online, you usually have a set number of reels and rows, but in Mines Dare2Win you can choose the size of your grid.
Before getting into how to play what you might feel is pretty obvious, let's discover what wagering options you have as well as how rewarding the returns can be. When it comes to casino games, this one has a massive wagering window. You can choose to stake as little as 0.20 per round and as high as 1000.00. That gives you a huge selection when it comes to how much risk you want to take, and if you get it right can lead to a really big payday. The most you be able to get back from a wager is 10,000x your stake, which isn't bad at all, albeit easier said 'to win' than done.
The minesweeper fans will likely be skipping this section as it is a fundamental concept and not hard to understand. With a game like slots, the symbols carry a set value for lining a set number up on a payline. Mines Dare2Win allows you to alter the value of the grid by increasing the number of columns and rows. This will be the first selection you need to make, by choosing a 3x3, 5x5, 7x7 or 9x9 grid. The objective of the game is to start clicking on the blank spaces on the grid to hopefully reveal diamonds. Each diamond you unveil gives you a cash return. You can either collect the cash at any time or keep clicking empty spaces trying to discover diamonds to make the cash pile grow. However, there are also bombs lurking under the blank spaces, so if you reveal a bomb, it all blows up, and you lose the cash pile you've built.
Another selection you need to make before the round starts is how many bombs you have on the grid. You can place 1, 3, 5 or 7 bombs, and the more bombs, the higher the risk, and therefore the higher the cash returns. So, the smaller the grid with more bombs is where the big bucks lie, while the bigger the grid and fewer bombs mean much better odds, but lower returns.
There aren't any bonus possibilities in Mines Dare2Win. Everything rests entirely with you. The trick to it all is gauging when the best time to collect will be. Go too far, and you'll hit a bomb, so being too overzealous will result in trouble. Perhaps a strategy that sees you stick to a defined number of selections per round will work in your favour.
It isn't a game that will have you uncovering bonuses and hidden stages, in that what you see is what you get. You can change aspects of the set-up, such as a bigger grid plus more or fewer bombs, so that it won't get boring too soon. The fact that it's so interactive in that the results really do depend on your decisions is what makes this an engaging casino game, and as there's serious cash to be won, we doubt you'll see anything other than opportunity.
David Winter is our in-house casino aficionado with over 10-years experience in the industry. Having written for several major casino groups in the UK and Europe, we are proud to have snagged him for ourselves. He’s been with us for six years now and writes about all our upcoming slots and our casino strategy guides.