Winning a game of skill and chance usually takes one or both of those things. However, as we've shown you before, industrious nerds always find a way to make a game all about science. And in that tradition, here are some simple tricks anyone can use to come out on top in classic games.
5 Use Binary Search Algorithms to Totally Ruin Guess Who?
Guess Who? is a game where players use simple questions to guess who their opponent is from a cast of 23 white people and one black lady. Hold on, those are the exact words used to describe a game Katherine Heigl plays when she walks into a Chili's and asks who has a problem with her shitting in the salad bar.The Trick:
Clearly, asking your opponent if he's Caucasian does nothing to narrow your search. Do what Katherine Heigl does when she's stacking alphabet blocks with a toddler -- suddenly attack your enemy with letters.
Ask your opponent if her character's name is before or after a nice midway point in the alphabet. For example, M. Or maybe K. Make it your own, like Katherine Heigl cutting a drifter's face off with seamstress shears.Why Does That Work?
Most players ask low-yield questions like, "Do you have a mustache?" or "Do you have blond hair?" or "Do you have lips like a horse vulva?"
"All of the abooo-oooove!!!!"
With each alphabet-related question, you remove about half the possibilities. In computers, this is called a binary search algorithm. You're basically guaranteed to be done in five questions every time. It's a little cheap, but it's less racially charged than just asking if your opponent was insane enough to pick Anne.
Anne, the Jackie Robinson of guessing.
4 Start at the Corners If You're Psychotically Obsessed with Minesweeper
As one of the first free games to be included with computers, most people know Minesweeper as the warning sign that their stimulation has flatlined. In several countries, you are legally considered brain-dead the moment you start a third game of Minesweeper. Its gameplay was designed by atheists trying to wordlessly describe the nothingness of the afterlife, which may make this clever Minesweeper trick a mild form of necromancy. Please proceed accordingly.The Trick: Why Does That Work?
The object of the game, besides wallowing in boundless ennui, is to avoid clicking squares that contain mines. If you do, you lose and maybe die, though the stakes are never made clear in Minesweeper's backstory.
Don't even get us started on the numerous plot holes in Sexy Minesweeper.
When you click a spot surrounded by safety, the game automatically reveals more squares, cascading until it reaches a spot next to mines. Because there are fewer possible mines surrounding squares, the odds of this triggering increases against the edge and corners of the board. Note: This strategy will create smaller and less dramatic cascades, but we're willing to bet you're not dedicating your afternoon to Minesweeper for the drama.
After a cascade opens a big section of the board, take a look at each corner. Every single one of those bastards are mines.
"You got my grandfather's leg in Korea, Bottom Left Corner, but you're not getting mine!"
It's obviously not this simple. At a certain point, basic deduction needs to be applied, and it's rare to get through a game without a wild guess being necessary. Industrious dorks have written countless, exhaustive strategy guides for Minesweeper, and they're a fun read if you want a sneak preview of how Terminators will chat during an awkward elevator ride. The point is, it's terrifyingly dry. There's a reason investigators find this game on the computer of every murderer.
So keep it simple. Corners are your best friend, then your worst enemy. If you're an advanced player, maybe you can try this actual, no-bullshit tip from a Minesweeper strategy site "Heat your hands in hot water before you play. This increases blood flow and reaction time."
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