Among the well-known family of Bejeweled-type games, comes Two Dots! This little app, although it's similar in style to the others, adds a tiny bit of skill into the characteristic fountain of luck. It also looks like your average pattern lock screen, but with a little bit more fluff.
What sets Two Dots apart from the rest of the bunch is the realistic prospect of achieving combos and the very refreshing objective based level design. Each level presents you with the challenge of removing a certain amount of dots of a given type. As you might suspect, connecting two or more dots of the same kind in an orthogonal path will remove them, making space for the ones on top to fall in their place.
However, if you manage to draw a square of four or eight dots, you will have cleared the entire game space of that color, which is very handy for releasing cluttered areas and grouping like-colored dots. Not only that, but the newly arrived dots will be of any color except the one that you've just cleared, which paves the way to another square combo.
As long as you can keep making square combos, the levels will solve themselves. However, sometimes the set-up is such that you must be thoughtful not to get stuck entirely, let alone achieve a square of four dots. Getting stuck is avoidable most of the time, but as the game progresses, it will get harder and harder to create a combo without some degree of planning.
Two Dots is a Freemium, so you clear levels easily by using power-up items. The items themselves are not overpowered necessarily, and I would have liked them to be awarded based on merit rather than being In-app-purchases. But developer PlayDots needs to make their shekels somehow.
Two Dots' graphic design is pleasant to the eye. The environments change, and you'll often encounter new tiles and distinctive dots, which bring enough variety to keep you engaged. Gameplay-wise, I would recommend playing on bigger devices. With small screens, there's always a chance to select an incomplete square by mistake, which can be very frustrating.
It's easy to spend an afternoon playing Two Dots and never realize that time flew. If it weren't for the typical regenerating life system, you could even get hooked on it. The great variety of gameplay elements and level objectives is to blame for that. Make sure you play it on a tablet or big phone, and you're set for hours.