The Game: Dots: a Game About Connecting
The Platform: iPhone (iOS 5.0 or later), iPod Touch, iPad The Price: FREE
The Goods: Sherry Gick (@LibraryFanatic) is going down. She just doesn't know it yet.
Sherry challenged me to a game of Dots earlier this week. The app game reminded her of Dot Day and rightly so... it's all about making connections. After a single round I was hooked. The brilliance is in the simplicity of Dots' design.
The interface of Dots and the game itself needs little explanation. You are given a randomly generated grid of 36 dots in 5 different colors (red, yellow, blue, green, and purple) at the start of each round. With 60 seconds on the clock, you are charged with connecting dots by any number of moves up, down, left, or right. The longer string of dots you connect, the greater number of points you earn. If you're able to connect the string of dots back onto itself (such as by making a square or rectangle), you receive a bonus and all of the dots matching the color of your dot string disappear. The more you can make this occur, the greater chance you have of achieving a high score.
The dots connected from each game accumulate and can be cashed in for some helpful bonus items which includes "Time Stops", which stops the clock for 5 seconds, "Shrinkers", which allow you to shrink a dot off the board, and "Expanders, which expand a dot and remove all dots of that color from the board. If you're in a bind, one of these could certainly help your chances.
There are no levels in Dots and it's easy to clock away several 60-second games in a single seating, especially when you're friend's high score is taunting you from the leader board. That's been enough to keep me coming back every chance I get. The dot trophies handed out for gameplay are adorable and I'm thinking of challenging my students to design their own trophies in this irresistible style.
Download the game. Connect Dots to your Twitter account. And let's start some friendly competition!
|Deceptively simple gameplay. |
|This is still one of my favorite trophies and certainly|
one that could inspire awesome kid-created dot trophies!