Ruby

Ruby 1.0

Uncover the hidden rubies

One of my favourite time-wasters in the days when I wasted time on a Windows 3. 1 machine, was Minesweeper, which was responsible for wrecking many homework assignments at the time. View full description

PROS

  • Highly addictive
  • In-game hints

CONS

  • Lacks innovation
  • Drab graphics

Not bad
6

One of my favourite time-wasters in the days when I wasted time on a Windows 3. 1 machine, was Minesweeper, which was responsible for wrecking many homework assignments at the time.

Like many classic logic games of its ilk, Minesweeper has spawned scores of clones, and Ruby is one you can play on your Palm. The twist in this one, as you might have guessed from the title, is that instead of uncovering mines, your job is to track down the hidden gems.

As with the original, you goal is to predict the position of various rubies scattered across the game board. Your proximity to a square with a ruby under it is indicated by a number that appears when you click on a square.

If you uncover a square with a ruby under it then the game is over.

It's certainly as addictive as the original, and provides a great way of killing time on the bus.

However, it fails to add much in the way of innovation, and aside from the fact that it uses rubies instead of mines, it's virtually the same.

I would have liked to have seen a different take on it in terms of the gameplay and some more captivating graphics thrown in.

That said, if you're a fan of Minesweeper, then Ruby is well worth downloading.

Ruby is a game of logic, where you're charged with the task of finding rubies. The game has three levels. If you want to make the game even more difficult, it's recommended that you disable the hints option.