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Little Dots

Overview

Little Dots is the newest release from a well-established name in the casual puzzle category, ThinkCube. In the following guide, you’re going to find out if the new game rises to the fans’ expectations and whether or not it’s able to deliver all the elements users expect from a casual game.

Developer

After developing an incredible little game in November 2013, the highly addictive Hexic Flow: Bend, ThinkCube Inc. has recently released the newest app in the Entertainment & Family game category, Little Dots. ThinkCube Inc. has over 30 apps published so far, gaming apps that amassed over 3 million downloads and that propelled the Canadian-based developer to the top 100 iOS puzzle games publishers worldwide.

Gameplay

The gameplay is as simple as the app’s name suggests: you will need to find and connect at least two dots of the same color on board filled with numerous dots of various pastel shades. Connecting the dots is a matter of tracing a line with your finger over the touchscreen.

Similar to other games in the category, the more dots you manage to connect, the longer the chain and the more points you will earn. Once you linked 8 or more dots, you will create a color bomb that will detonate all the similarly colored dots on the board. If you want to earn more points and clear dots from your board faster, then it’s advisable to refrain from being hasty; wait until the chain is as long as possible.

Interface

The minimalistic and flat interface of Little Dots fits extremely well with the new design of the iOS 7. Users are particularly fond of the font used by the developers for the title screen as well as the beautiful and crisp pastel shades utilized for the dots. Although the design is rather simplistic, it works in the advantage of this little game, an element primarily noticed when the animations pop up.

A quick look at its main features

  • Little Dots’ gameplay is simple and straightforward: connect similarly colored dots to complete a level
  • The game features over 10,000 levels free of charge
  • Progress through the tremendous number of levels and test out each of the 40 different puzzle shapes
  • You can choose from a variety of modes, including timed, chain reaction, collection or high scores, to name a few
  • Because you have limited moves, you can take advantage of the numerous power-ups  to advance further in the game
  • Among the most popular power-ups, you can count reshuffle and bombs or pop-a-dot
  • Little dots guarantees a highly enjoyable game experience
  • It features sleek graphics and amazing sound effects that immerse you into the game’s atmosphere
  • If you want to compete against other players, you can do so by accessing the Game Center
  • Although the app is free, it doesn’t come with annoying pop-ups to other apps

Pros

Given the simple idea behind Little Dots, it’s clear that the developers put in an effort to keep things interesting. While the gameplay implies connecting dots of the same color, the levels are designed to be different from each other. For instance, to complete a certain level you might have to get to a predefined target score with a limited amount of moves or you could be required to create as many chain reactions as possible to clear the board.

Completing a level earns you points, which you can use to purchase various power-ups that will help you reach objectives a lot easier on the next levels. In the eventuality that you were reckless and ran out of the game’s currency, then you can get more via in-app purchases.

Cons

Some users have pointed out that the game tends to become repetitive and tedious after a while. Even though you have several objectives to meet when playing in Normal Mode, Little Dots grows rather monotonous after completing a few dozen levels.

In a nutshell

If you enjoy sitting back and playing on your iPhone to relax after a long and hard day, then Little Dots is the right app to help you melt the stress away. In spite of the fact that some boards are more difficult than others, it is necessary to mention that completing a level is not as stressful compared to other games in this category. Little Dots is definitely one of the games to consider for kicking back at the end of the day.

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Cut the Rope 2

Overview

Deemed one of the most popular games on iPhone every year since its release, Cut The Rope needs no further introductions for iOS users. ZeptoLab has recently released a sequel of the popular game that promises the same cheery, exciting and wonderfully crafted puzzles, as well as a fresh and thrilling gameplay.

Developer

ZeptoLab, the developer of the Cut The Rope series, is a global gaming company that aims to redefine the mobile gaming industry. Given the titles released by the developer so far, it is safe to assume that they managed to achieve this goal. Despite the fact that the team has focused on developing semi-sequels for the already successful Cut The Rope, they made sure to introduce new gameplay mechanics and various cosmetic tweaks to keep the content interesting.

Gameplay

The adventure in Cut The Rope 2 takes places across five different locations. What is interesting is that in addition to the unique sound and feel, each location includes a new character with unique abilities that keeps the content fresh and exciting. Not only do Roto, Blue, Toss, Lick and Boo add a thrill to the game, but they also manage to make the gameplay more difficult. In fact, users claim that the difficulty of Cut The Rope 2 is actually challenging and appealing to the adult player. Although Om Nom’s journey onlt takes him to a lush forest, a junkyard, a sandy dam, the underground and the city park, the developers have promised to include several new places in the future updates.

Interface

As you would expect from a mobile game with 300 million downloads and counting, the interface is sleek, bright and well designed. Om Nom and the newly introduced Nommies are extremely well drawn and you can’t help feeling that the developers wanted to add some character to the new secondary heroes.

The highlight of the Cut The Rope sequel resides in the fact that now users can customize Om Nom. While it is true that the store provides plenty of hats and cosmetic upgrades for the main hero, some users claim the developer is twisting their arm into making these in-game purchases.

A quick look at its main features

  • Join Om Nom on an unexpected adventure through lush forests, junkyards, underground tunnels and busy cities, in pursuit of candy
  • Cut The Rope 2 features 120 completely new levels
  • Choose one of the 5 new Nommies to help you on your quest to find candy
  • Pick your Nommie carefully, as each one comes with a special ability such as tossing and throwing objects, making small bridges or lifting Om Nom
  • Didn’t like Om Nom’s original appearance? No problem, now you can customize the hero to your liking
  • The game comes with new sounds, new graphics and innovative gameplay elements, including the ability to move Om Nom
  • By collecting enough medals, you’ll be able to unlock amazing secret levels
  • Similar to the first game, Cut The Rope 2 includes a free daily gift

Pros

Cut The Rope 2 introduces a few new elements that definitely make the gameplay more exciting and exhilarating. First off, the new helping monsters ensure the gameplay remains fresh throughout the 180 levels. A further innovative element users appreciate in Cut The Rope 2 is the medal system that rewards users after accomplishing a set of objectives. If you manage to get all the medals in a level, then you will unlock four amazing new secret levels, so you have plenty incentives to try to get the medals.

Cons

Unlike the first Cut The Rope released in 2010, the sequel comes with a rather unpleasant major difference: the truly irritating in-app purchases. Without denying that in-game purchases are part of the mobile gaming, the truth is that in this game they interfere too much with the gameplay. The aggressiveness of the IAP comes as a surprise, especially when you’re looking at a game that can pay for itself and will surely gather a lot of profit from downloads alone.

In a nutshell

If you played the first Cut The Rope, then you will definitely enjoy playing this amazing sequel. The new worlds come with beautifully crafted graphics, accurate physics and logic puzzles that take the gameplay to a completely new level. Even though the new puzzles are slightly more difficult, they are also clever enough and satisfactory to figure out.

 

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Hopeless: The Dark Cave

Overview

Hopeless: The Dark Cave is a cute, well-designed and minimalistic shooter for mobiles released on the Apple Store at the beginning of the year. While it’s not the kind of game where you can compete with friends on whole weekends marathons, it’s also incredibly difficult to put down once you start playing.

Developer

A new name on the mobile gaming market, Upopa is a company that aims high and seeks to bring the passion for gaming to an industry that revolves around monetary gains. Even though Upopa was founded in 2013, it includes well-known names in their development team, such as Niv Touboul, Or Avrahamy and Gideon Rimmer. Hopeless: The Dark Cave is the team’s first release, a captivating and lovable mobile horror game that will undoubtedly test your decision-making skills and reflexes.

Gameplay

The idea behind the game is simple and straightforward: you need to take a bunch of scared glowing blobs that huddle in the darkness to safety. While you initially feel sorry for the little fellows, rest assured they’re armed and know a thing or two about how to defend themselves against the evil monster lurking in the darkness.

Unlike numerous fast-paced games out there, Hopeless: The Dark Cave comes with simple controls. To be more precise, all you need to do in order to shoot is tap on the approaching monster. With each kill, your forces become stronger, as after reaching 300 points a new blob will join you. The more blobs you have, the faster the waves monsters will try to get to you.

Interface

As many users point out, even if you’re not a fan of fast-paced horror games, the interface will surely draw you in. Given the well-designed, sleek and polished graphics, you could easily mistake the game for a paid app or could erroneously believe it’s a free app filled with in-app purchases. From the beautifully grotesque monsters to the stunningly drawn glowing blobs, you can tell the developers have invested a lot of effort in the design. On top of that, Hopeless: The Dark Cave includes an equally amazing soundtrack that will definitely make you want to put on your HD headphones.

A quick look at its main features

  • The game takes you straight into the action and you don’t have to sit through lengthy, boring tutorials
  • A truly horrifying atmosphere where you are forced to make fast decisions
  • Hopeless: The Dark Cave tests you judgment and reflexes at the same time
  • The gameplay is very intense, as you are the only one who can save the cute glowing blobs, against all odds

Pros

Despite the fact that the game currently features one game mode, take note that the action is very intense and rapid. As you go through waves of monsters, you will find more blobs to join your forces: however, beware that more blobs in your team also means a higher number of monsters heading your way. In fact, just when you think you are able to handle yourself pretty well and everything is going smoothly, there’s a high chance you could get overwhelmed by a wave of powerful monsters.

The game comes with a bonus point system, which is a highly desirable element in this kind of games. You even get killing sprees after successfully destroying several monsters in a row. Then again, you shouldn’t be too hasty to pull out your gun as you realize unknown things draw near you, since you can’t really tell whether you’re dealing with a friend or a foe. On the other hand, if you let the demons get too close to you, they will surely snatch one of you blobs away. If you run out of blobs, you will kill yourself out of fear and the game will end.

Cons

Until this point, there have been very little cons reported by users who tried the game. A common complaint so far is in respect to the limited number of items you can unlock. Then again, the developers will surely fix this minor issue in the near future.

In a nutshell

Hopeless: The Dark Cave is an extremely cute and original fast-paced shooter that will put your reflexes, decision-making skills and instincts to survive to the test. Although the game is casual and implies rescuing blobs and eradicating monsters, you certainly won’t find it boring after trying it out.

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