Nov 05 AT 8:41 AM Anthony Domanico 13 Comments

ustwo releases Dot 3, the Threequal

Alongside the OpenFeint announcement, developer ustwo has unleashed their third entrant into the Dot series, Dot3. Dot3 brings a different kind of gameplay to the  series; Rather than the traditional “collect the blue dots and avoid the red cones” style, Dot 3 has you moving bars left and right to guide the dot safely away from a jagged death.

Gameplay

Dot3 gameplay is simplistic, addicting, and challenging. You control the bars using your phone’s accelerometer, tilting your phone left or right to move the bars so the ball can go down the hole. The challenge is that different bars will move different ways when your phone is held in one direction. Hold your phone tilted to the left, and one bar will move left, while three others will move right.

There is no way to “win” Dot 3; the point is to take the longest amount of time before losing, measured by the number of points generated while playing. The game is over when your Dot is crushed by the jagged upper wall. See a brief overview of gameplay in our gameplay video below:

Graphics

If you’re into amazing graphics in your games, Dot3 is probably not the game for you. That is not to say that the graphics are bad by any stretch, but rather the graphics are not the focal point of the game. They do, however, get the job done.

OpenFeint Integration and Result Sharing

One of the best things about the direction of gaming on the Android platform is the use of OpenFeint, which adds achievements that signify when you’ve completed certain tasks and challenges. OpenFeint allows you to compete against friends and strangers with the leaderboard.

Those who follow my Twitter timeline know that you can share your results with Twitter or Facebook so your social media friends can see just when your “balls stopped dropping.” This also adds a bit of competition to the game, as demonstrated by my back and forth taunting with Clark and Taylor on Twitter about who got the best score (I won, of course).

Pricing

Pricing is where things get a bit difficult for me. Both Dot and Dot 2 were free games, which made them very easy to recommend to our readers. With Dot 3, ustwo decided to start charging for their games, and Dot 3 will set you back $1.25. Though not a dealbreaker in my opinion, I’m sure some of you who would have tried it out for free probably won’t shell out $1.25 for it, no matter how good we think it is.

Overall Impressions

Pros

  • Simplistic, yet addictive gameplay
  • OpenFeint Integration
  • Games are quick, meaning you can play whenever you have a spare minute or two

Cons

  • Ustwo may have priced themselves out of the market with Dot3
  • Graphics could be improved a bit (though I hesitate to call this a “con” since they get the job done well)
  • A few glitches/crashes when trying to post scores to Twitter.

Final Verdict

Dot 3 is a simple game that manages to be frustratingly complicated, but leaves you coming back for more. That being said, Dot3 is certainly not for everyone, especially with the $1.25 price tag. I personally bought this game because I enjoyed the Dot series, and this has quickly become one of my top games for Android. I encourage you to give it a try, and refund it if you don’t like it.

Dot 3 is currently available on the Android Market for $1.25. It should be available on all Android versions, but please comment below if you have problems installing.

 

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