TwoDots is a click and drag puzzle game where players must connect a series of color coordinated dots in order to score points and advance to the next level. Objectives vary depending on the nature of the level. Some courses require players to sink a series of anchors, eliminate flaming dots, or simply connect a certain number of each color. After the first few stages, TwoDots becomes quite difficult, and even skilled players need a few attempts to complete a level. Stars are awarded on a points system. So the less moves players take to finish a level, the higher their score will be. High scores ultimately give players the best chance at finishing with three stars. There is no inappropriate content in TwoDots, but the level of difficultly makes it best suited for children who are 8 years old and up.
Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.
To succeed in TwoDots, players must consider the effect of each move before taking their turn. The point of the game is to eliminate dots. The best way to eliminate dots is to connect a square of same colored dots. Once a square is connected, all dots of that color are eliminated from the entire screen. This move allots players more points, and makes it easier to connect other colors or eliminate blockades in future moves. Connecting a square of dots is a skill that takes foresight. Like Tetris dots fall down one notch on the gridded screen each time a row is eliminated. So players must take this in account when choosing which colored dots to connect. They must anticipate the way which the dots will fall, and try and force them to make a square. In some of the harder levels, players are thinking three to four moves in advance.
Managing our actions, feelings and behaviors.
It may be enticing when players see a couple of red, yellow, or purple dots in horizontal or vertical line. But before connected the first set of corresponding colors that they come across, players must calculate the outcome of each move and determine which play will put them in the best position to get three stars. It’s not a game that won a whim. While there is some luck involved, as the dots are mostly randomized, TwoDots is a game that’s won with skill. And impulsive play does now give players a good chance at winning. Players must take the time to think things through, considering all possible outcomes, before choosing their next course of action.
Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.
An important aspect of the focus thinking skill is goal directed persistence. TwoDots helps players develop an affinity for this skill set. The ability to see a goal or objective through from start to finish is the essence of goal directed persistence. And since the game objectives often change, it’s important for players to direct their attention to the end goal, whether it’s connecting 20 green dots, sinking 10 anchors, or breaking 15 blocks of ice. While gameplay always revolves around connecting and eliminated dots, the changing objectives keep things interesting. This is where players really need to concentrate.
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