Beautiful, thoughtful, difficult puzzling that's free with in-app purchases.
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Welcome to the inaugural post of the Game Grrlz blog! Today we’re discussing the addictive iOS puzzle game Two Dots. We’ve been playing this game for years, and it’s something I actually structure my life around. I like to have a free hour Thursday at 2:00 to play their weekly bonus puzzle. The idea is simple- you connect dots of the same color on a screen full of different colored dots and connecting them makes them disappear, which allows new dots to fall from the top of the screen. You have goals- to collect a certain number of a certain color dots, or to get rid of other obstacles or collect some other achievement as you get rid of the dots. There are many, many variables to this game as you progress to well over 1000 levels: dots that spread fire, dots that move and eat other dots, dots covered with ice that needs to be broken, dots that explode, etc. It can be extremely challenging, and every day you are given free helpers- like erasers that can erase dots, or shufflers that can rearrange your screen, and this is a great feature. The game is free to download, and you can buy extra lives (you regenerate lives every 20 minutes to a max of 5), extra moves, or extra helpers. I’ll toot my own horn by saying that I have 3 stars (the max) on every level and I’ve never bought anything from the game, so I’ve had an enormous amount of enjoyment out of this for years for free. The gameplay is smooth and easy, it really makes you think, and the art is beautiful and fun. I do hate the music, though- I always have it turned off.
I just put down Two Dots to come and write this review. Amanda has done a great job explaining the ins and outs, so I’ll just say this: I play it every day and I sometimes I see it when I close my eyes at night. I guess you can say it’s in my head. Amanda and I play very differently and it’s an interesting study. We both like to win the game without using a helper, but she hoards them and I squander them immediately because who likes to win that way? I do however get crazy and can’t go to bed without seeing the design of the next board. Will there be fire and tar or those annoying crabs and magnets? She can go to bed with an unfinished level. There are other examples of how our different proclivities and inner self-competition vary, but we both love it and it make the games work for us. I finally finished the current levels and am going back and getting three stars on all levels… and/or besting my friends who are also signed up. I want all the gold! It’s pretty, soothing, smart, and I’m hooked.
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Eva and Amanda are best friends who puzzle obsessively. Our focus is on iOS puzzle games, interactive fiction, and live room escapes.