The iOS game Dots has been downloaded more than 5 million times in fewer than four months, and played almost a billion times. It’s simple, and mesmerizing and super addicting.
Today Dots maker Betaworks is launching the game on Android and Kindle Fire, and adding a new game mode across all the platforms. (Betaworks says the app should be available in all those stores by 5 a.m. PT.)
In case you didn’t get swept up in the Dots craze, here’s how the game works — though it’s so simple I feel silly describing it. A grid of colored dots appears. Trace between two or more dots of the same color, and they’re zapped. Make a square of four dots, and you blast that color off the board until it’s replenished. For boosts like extra time, earn or buy more dots. Then see how your score matches up. (P.S. How do people score the all-time high of 799? I want to know their tricks!)
A normal Dots game lasts 60 seconds. The new mode called “Moves” has no time restriction, but allows only 30 moves.
Plus, Dots now supports German, Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Arabic in addition to English.
Dots certainly isn’t the most popular game out there. For reference, Angry Birds has had something like 2 billion downloads. However, Betaworks said the app has been ranked No. 1 by daily downloads in 15 countries, which isn’t too shabby.
Betaworks often develops stuff that’s a bit more cerebral — for instance the tech tools Chartbeat and Bitly, the news aggregator Digg and the storytelling app Tapestry — so Dots has been a fun diversion. Check out this interview from May by AllThingsD‘s Lauren Goode with creators Patrick Moberg and Paul Murphy.