Steve Jobs once said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards”. Well, this dots metaphor is really up to you on how you want to interpret it, but nonetheless it is a very versatile one.
Since everyone dealt with the analogy of this metaphor before, why not make a game about it?
Dots : A Game About Connecting is the name, and it exactly is given the name based on what the app is about. You start off with a beautiful and somewhat meaningful introduction to the game about its mechanics and some tips and tricks.
A simple game as this will just need you to select your mode – either play in Time mode where you get the highest points in 1 minute, or Moves mode where you have a certain number of moves to get the highest points. After that, just hit the big Play Now button.
Mechanics is simple. You have to connect at least 2 dots of the same colour to make them disappear. Make a square to have all the dots of the same colour to disappear, and just try to get the longest line of dots when you’re connecting them.
When the game ends, you’re presented with another simple yet intuitive screen.
You have something like flashcards, where it shows your scores, the global top scores, Facebook and Twitter connection. I forgot to mention that you do indeed have trophies which will tell you some of the specialties of the ways you connect the dots after you did it once.
Is the game so simple then? Not quite – you can also change the colour scheme of the dots, as presented in the logo of the game itself.
There really is nothing much to talk about this game but to enjoy the intensity yourself as this is indeed a fast paced, Bejewelled-like gameplay which relies purely on colours only instead of shapes and colours. This is a game where you can play when you’re bored during lectures, or even better – while waiting for your girlfriend to get ready for your date, but that’ll probably take about 30 games of Dots.
This game showed how simplicity can be overwhelmingly become a great game for all of us to try. By just having dots and connecting them in some funky way, you can have an innovative game. Imagination is great, isn’t it?
I found myself playing this game over and over, while waiting for the shortest amount of time and even in between lecture classes – even while the lecturer is daydreaming. This game is so contagious that it can get nearly all the people around you to have a try, and then fall in love with it.
Dots is available for iOS and Android, and links posted below.