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Aug
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Dots hits all the right notes. It's easy to pick up, hard to put down, and requires no explanation. It brings back memories of competing with classroom friends, drawing a grid of dots on a loose leaf sheet of paper and taking turns connecting them to see who could amass the largest number of connections. This mobile adaptation adds a single player mode without stripping out the multiplayer aspect, the fun, or the addiction. It has already acquired over 5 million downloads since its release on iOS two months ago, and now it's making its Android debut on both Google Play and the Amazon App Store.

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It should come as no surprise that there isn't much to dots. Just swipe to connect two or more dots with a single line without using diagonals. The games tasks players with connecting as many dots as they can within the span of sixty seconds or scoring as many points as possible within the span of 30 moves. Both modes ensure that the game is always great for a quickie during the many lulls throughout the day.

Dots is the kind of game that was made for mobile, and it's available for free. Sure, there's an in-game currency also called "dots" that can be spent to get special powers, and you can spend real money to acquire more of them, but these IAPs are unnecessary and far from intrusive. Don't let their presence stop you from giving this a go.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • MLBaylor

    addictive*

  • Jerrod Schultz

    Hasn't this game been out for a while? Or was the other one a copy of the official?

    • http://tsurufoto.com/ Aaron Tsuru

      was wondering the same thing. I had it, played it, and deleted it already on my sammy. #confused

    • Venty

      Played loops a while back, seems pretty similar - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bonfiremedia.dots

    • PHnoD

      The clone, which has quite a few differences, is called "bopbop" - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.inferno.mobile.dotdot. I think the author made it because "Dots" was iOS exlusive at the time. Won't be getting this on account of bopbop actually being a great (if copied) app that has supported Android (from day one). iOS exlusives (and first launch) should die a horrible death :D

      • Jerrod Schultz

        Don't think it was that. I distinctly remember it being called "Dots" and having this exact UI.

        I deleted it after playing for 10 mins...

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  • Simon Belmont

    Always been a fan of playing dots (the old fashioned way). This looks fun.

    Thanks for the tip. I'll definitely be downloading this.

  • Alex Carvallo

    Does no one else realize that this and Candy Crush are the exact same game as Bejeweled?!?! I FEEL LIKE I'M TAKING CRAZY PILLS.

    • http://j.mp/scottbeamer Scott Beamer

      They're similar. They are by no means the "exact same".

      This game has been huge on iOS for some time now.

      • Mark

        That's what sucks, There are some REALLY good Android games, that eventually make their way to iOS, but Android owners are just lazy and look to see what iOS owners are playing for inspiration.

        • Kaboose

          Well iOS does have a clear advantage when it comes to gaming. Although it won't last long.

          • Mark

            No it doesn't. Any iOS advantage is only in the mind of the media, but that rubs off onto users.

          • richardsonad

            ...being the first OS to offer an extensive app and game catalog in a user-friendly manner doesn't qualify as an advantage? The Google Play store has only recently reached the level of usability as the App Store has had for a significant amount of time. To say otherwise is ignorant fanboyance.

  • Mungo

    It's just Bejeweled without jewels...I don't get it.

    • Mark

      Me neither. It looks like Bejwelled for hipsters.

  • Funem

    There was a version that was on the play store, looked identical and got pulled. It came back as Glow Connect. Its a copy though not the original. Both are great to play though.

  • jeux999

    this is one of those games that i was fascinated with when it came out, but naturally took too long to transition to android & so it fell off my radar/was replaced with others. between 7x7 & RUA2 i'm not sure why connecting dots would appeal to anyone, but c'est la vie.

    • Markoff

      GF is addicted to 7x7, can you recommend something else she would like?

      • jeux999

        maybe 'gyro'? one that's different but for whatever reason addicting is 'the legend of the holy archer'

  • Matti

    It's got the most horrid looking icon, though. Sticks out like gangrene in my app drawer, being bright white.

  • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

    Do I understand correctly that this isn't classic dots that we all remember which asks you to create squares, but a similar style of game that just requires you to link pairs of dots? Sounds interesting but I wonder why no one has made a decent classic dots game yet.

    • Ryan O’Neill

      Same here - I love the dots/squares game!! Multiplayer mode across different devices would be awesome.

    • Syo

      It is like that. You can make squares for more points. It's not just a simple matching game. It's free anyway so see for yourself

  • Thomas Cai Jinzhan

    looks great but sucks it doesn't use play games for achievements.

  • shinphu

    Well i would rather play this than candy crush, adults should not need all those frills to play a android game. A lot of us played tetris

  • woop

    laggy for me @I9100

    • Unknown21

      Smooth for me (E4GT)

  • Lynxy

    A 'hit game' and no Google Games services? Sorely disappointed. I might be a naggy customer but thrusting Facebook and Twitter scores and just the general sharing intent instead of the vastly superior Google's solution for games seems like a really bad choice to me.