I wanted to build an app that I could use at events to demonstrate Realm Sync. It needed to be fun to interact with, and so a multiplayer game made sense. Tic-tac-toe is too simple to get excited about. I’m not a game developer and so Call Of Duty wasn’t an option. Then I remembered Microsoft’s Minesweeper.
Minesweeper was a Windows fixture from 1990 until Windows 8 relegated it to the app store in 2012. It was a single-player game, but it struck me as something that could be a lot of fun to play with others. Some family beta-testing of my first version while waiting for a ferry proved that it did get people to interact with each other (even if most interactions involved shouting, “Which of you muppets clicked on that mine?!”).
I’ve described how this app is built in Building a collaborative iOS Minesweeper game with Realm.