Thursday, 19 June 2014

App Review No. 56 Two Dots

Strong Points:
Lovely, clean graphics
Lots of levels
Nice challenge to levels
Very addictive
5 lives mean you can't play all the time so you have more time to do other things
You can compare your score to your friends via Facebook
Music is nice
Using squares makes the game more strategic
Daily Quests and Supply Crates are a big help to some of the more challenging levels

Weak Points:
5 lives mean you can't play all the time if you have nothing else to do
Power ups and lives can only be brought via IAP's
Lives take slightly too long to refill
Big difficulty spikes
Connecting dots can be unresponsive
Can get slightly repetitive

In-depth Review:

Release Dates:
World Wide: 29th May, 2014

Slide your finger to connect dots

This app is the sequel to the amazing Dots. While Dots was criticised (at least by me) with not having much content this app has no such problem. With 110 levels (as of time of writing) and more being added in each update, there is no shortage of content.

Another major difference in this game from Dots is the inclusion of a (very basic) story. You follow two brave dots called Jackques and Amelia by collecting postcards. These postcards give a basic outline of the story and are beautifully drawn.

As is the game. The level selection has clean and colourful backrounds which give you more of an understanding of where you are and what the story is and the dots, lives etc. are all really clean shapes and look really nice. The music is also great and calming. Bring the graphics, music and gameplay together and you've got a really relaxing game (much like the prequel) which you could play for hours on end.

However, you will want to be good at this game if you want to play for more than ten minutes at a time. This is due to the fact that lives have been included. Every time you lose or quit a game you lose a life, with five lives available. Lives take twenty minutes each to replenish or you can pay IAP's for them. This system is a good way to make sure you are not just playing this game and so that you have more time to do the things which you set out to do in the first place but it would've been nice for the cool down time to be a bit shorter.

Now on to the actual game play. You start by just connecting a certain number of dots. Then you have to start dropping a certain amount of anchors to the bottom of the screen. And so on, with new objectives being added in every section. This adds new layers of strategy to the game and also helps to make the game less repetitive. Another, less intuitive way of making the game last longer is to just crank up the difficulty. And crank it up they did. You could take ten lives to complete one level alone and although power-ups in theory would help, the only way to get these is via IAP's.

Another problem is that due to this game being a new app, there is some bugs with connecting dots sometimes making the game unresponsive and ruining your perfect square. This brings us on to another point. Squares. If you connect a square or rectangle of the same colour, then all the dots of that colour disappear, which adds even more strategy to a rather basic concept.

Finally, you can connect your game with Facebook and compete with your friends which is another nice little touch.

Conclusion: overall this app is great fun and very addictive, although the inclusion of IAP's for power-ups (and no way to get them otherwise) and huge difficulty spikes, does limit this games playability.

Rating: 90%

Thanks for reading, Satamer.

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