Mini-Guide: Dots & Co: A Puzzle Adventure

LQ: 8.5

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Brain grade: 8.0
Fun score: 9.0

Dots & Co: A Puzzle Adventure
Game Type: ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: , , , LWK Recommended Age: Any Thinking Skills Used: ,

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Dots & Co: A Puzzle Adventure takes the match-3 style games and adds elements of connect the dots. The player has a goal for each level and must connect two or more dots of the same color to clear them from the game board.

What makes this game most unique is the special moves. Instead of matching a certain number of the same color to make a special game piece, the player must simply connect dots in the shape of a square. Any square will remove all dots of the same color from the board. Bigger squares will also remove dots nearby, regardless of color. This game also has special events where the player must get through all levels in one life.

Dots & Co: A Puzzle Adventure has in-game purchases available. The ESRB rated it E for Everyone and LW4K stands by this rating.


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Dots & Co: A Puzzle Adventure helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Dots & Co: A Puzzle Adventure Organization

Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

The best way to beat this game, in most levels, is by taking advantage of the bonuses for making a square. This means that the player has to be able to use their organization skills. They must be able to see which dots are close to making a square and which dots need removed to complete it. It’s also important to keep in mind which goals still need completed, so the player isn’t wasting moves trying to make squares in a color they don’t need. Keeping their thoughts and game board organized this way will give them the best chance to beat the level before they run out of moves.

Planning

Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

The second part of being successful at this game is to use planning skills. Every level presents a unique problem for the player to solve. If the level asks for the player to get five butterflies and ten balloons, which should the player focus on first? Is it better to  clear the ice or take care of the ten pink dots first? Thinking about this and making both a long-term (whole level) plan and a short-term (the next one or two moves) plan will help the player get the most stars each level.

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