Dots is an extremely popular iOS game that delivers bite sized fast paced matching. At the most basic level, it’s a minimalistic version of Bejeweled Blitz, and after a couple of rounds there just isn’t anything to keep you coming back. It’s not necessarily bad, just too rudimentary to recommend, especially since the power-ups are key, and almost always require in-app purchases in the free game. The developers could have done more, and they did just update Dots, but it is one of the most pointless updates of all time.
Dots was iPhone only, but now there’s a brand new “native” iPad version, and it just may be the worst iPad version ever. Dots on the iPad is quite simply the iPhone version running on the iPad with a big grey background. The dots are the same exact size, pixel by pixel, on the iPad that they are on the iPhone. You’re left with a really tiny game board that is surrounded by a majority of the screen being unused. Running the previous version of Dots in 2X mode, is better than this so-called native iPad version. It’s one of the most disappointing things I’ve seen in iOS app design, but it does embody the overall app. What some call minimalism, others call lackluster effort, and in this case I’m calling it an embarrassing level of effort when it comes to Dots on the iPad. It’s worth noting that a true iPad version is promised, but in the mean time, this is just offensive.