Dots: A Game About Connecting is a casual game available for Android devices. This hit game has over 10 million downloads and is rated 4.1 on Google Play.
The design of Dots is minimalist and beautiful. There are no shiny game pieces, glittery special effects or cute candy themes. The graphics consist of simple, flat dots that are brightly colored yet pleasing to the eye. The user interface is uncluttered and has plenty of white space. The game does not play tacky background music in an endless loop. The sparse sound effects are soft and pleasant. The overall look and feel of the game is elegant not childish. Dots is a game that adults will feel comfortable playing in public.
Dots has two main game modes you can play for free: Timed and Moves. In the Timed game mode, you have 60 seconds to connect dots and earn points. In Moves mode, your goal is to earn as many points as possible in 30 moves. Since each round is short, Dots is an ideal game to play during spare moments such as waiting in line or for the bus.
The other game modes are Endless and Challenge. Endless mode is only available with a $1.99 in-app purchase. This mode has no time limits or move restrictions. In Endless mode, you can connect dots, uninterrupted, to your heart’s content. In Challenge mode, you are pitted against another player. You can play against a friend on Facebook, or the Dots server can match you against a random player.
Dots gives the player a pleasant user experience. There are no ads to clutter the screen or interrupt your gameplay. Unlike many casual mobile games, Dots uses no “lives” or “energy” to limit how long you can play. You can play Dots as much as you want, whenever you want, for free. There are only a couple of reasonably priced in-app purchases in the game, and the developers aren’t pushy or aggressive about convincing you to part with your hard-earned money.
Overall, Dots is a simple yet sophisticated game. If you like the ease and addictiveness of match-3 games but prefer a classier, more grown-up game, then Dots is for you.