The other day, I was scrolling through the app store and came across Dots: A Game About Connecting by Betaworks One. Having recently downloaded the app, Skill Game (a fabulous connect the dots type of game in an adult form), I was curious to see if Dots: A Game About Connecting could steal my attention the way Skill Game did. I went back and forth deciding if I should download it or not. This was because all I had to go off was the title and screen shots. iTunes description said eight words (TOTAL) about the app – “Dots is a game about connecting the dots.” LOL! Although the description was absolutely ridiculous, I still downloaded it. What can I say? I’m an adult that still enjoys connecting the dots!
Dots: A Game About Connecting doesn’t have a tutorial, and if you read my reviews at all, you know that’s one of my biggest pet peeves. You’re completely on your own with learning anything about the game. To play, you’re given 60 seconds to remove as many dots as you possibly can. Dots are removed by connecting them. To connect them, they must be the same color. Because there isn’t a tutorial, I figured out the gameplay by trial and error. So if you’re reading this review before playing this game, you can learn from me! You cannot connect dots that are diagonal. They must be either side to side or up and down. You can connect dots that are connected side to side and then up and down, but no diagonal connecting will work. Once the timer is up, you’re given a score based on how many dots you removed (or connected). Dots: A Game About Connecting isn’t played by levels; you’re just playing to beat your best score. Every time you play, the number of dots you removed is tallied up and can be used to buy the following power-ups.
- Time Stops: Stop the clock for five seconds. This can only be used once a round. This power up costs 1,000 dots for 5 of them.
- Shrinkers: Shrink a dot off the board. Double tap a dot to quickly shrink.
This power up costs 500 dots for 10 of them.
- Expanders: Expand a dot and remove all dots of that color from the board.
This power up costs 5,000 dots for 5 of them.
Dots: A Game About Connecting offers a sharing feature where you can share your score via Twitter, email and texting. Although the replay value isn’t super high for games that only challenge you to beat your best score, this game is still fun. It’s different. The screen is completely plain, which is simple and calming. It’s a nice little stress reliever. I’m not sure how long Dots: A Game About Connecting will keep my attention, but it has it for now!