Mobile Gaming: Two Dots
A review by Amelia Wellman
Join two brave dots as they traverse the arctic tundra, navigate fiery jungles, and plunge the ocean depths on their quest for adventure in this sequel to Betaworks’ Dots!
The gameplay of Two Dots is as simple as it comes. You’re given a small grid of coloured dots and it’s up to you to connect one dot to another. You’ll be filling colour quotas, sinking anchors, creating bombs, fighting fires, and much more with your coloured dots in over a 1,000 levels that are free to download.
You can never connect dots diagonally, but you can make any right angle shape your heart desires. Including squares, which will pop all of the colour dots that the square is made out of. There’s even a setting that will vibrate your whole phone when you make a square. Made it feel like an accomplishment!
Like all mobile puzzle games, the stakes are raised in Two Dots by having a set amount of moves you can make. There’s no timer to raise your anxiety and make the game more of a cash grab for extras than it is entertainment, but the set amount of moves raises the stakes enough to keep it interesting.
Two Dots is an expensive free to download game. Within the game are a huge number of micro-transactions. There are booster boxes, which have you start a level with a super helpful surprise. You can buy 8 for $2.69 up to $33.99 for 150. Then there are booster box enhancements for $26.99 that adds more to the booster boxes. You can bundle all that together for $53.99. Then there are shuffles which run you $1.39 for 4 up to $6.99 for 30, and the life system which you can expand with extra hearts. Buying the 3 expansion hearts will run you $41.00 dollars altogether.
That’s a lot of stuff and I’d say if you have trouble controlling your impulse around mobile games, that Two Dots should be avoided!
Check it out. Two Dots isn’t the most innovative game I’ve ever played, and it could end up running you a pretty penny if you pay out for any of the micro-transactions, but it’s cute, sweet, and simple. Some will find more enjoyment in it than others, but I suggest trying it out before making any assumptions or decisions.