Dots & Co: A Puzzle Adventure

0.24
Neutral
Price: Free
Ads: Unknown
In App Purchases: Yes

iOS App Store

Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 2 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 5 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

0.24

1 votes
Daily Rewards -
1 / 0 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

1 votes
Wait To Play -
1 / 0 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

1 votes
Playing by Appointment -
0 / 1 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

1 votes
Grinding -
0 / 1 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

1 votes
Advertisements -
0 / 1 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

1 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
0 / 1 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

1 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
0 / 1 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 4 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 7 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-0.46

1 votes
Premium Currency -
1 / 0 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

1 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
1 / 0 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

1 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
1 / 0 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

1 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
1 / 0 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

1 votes
Pay to Win -
0 / 1 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

1 votes
Pay to Skip -
0 / 1 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

1 votes
Accidental Purchases -
0 / 1 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

1 votes
Recurring Fee -
0 / 1 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

1 votes
Power Creep -
0 / 1 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

1 votes
Pay Wall -
0 / 1 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

1 votes
Waste Aversion -
0 / 1 votes
Capped inventory forces you to destroy items or upgrade inventory. Also, having small amounts of left over premium currency.

Social Dark PatternsSocial Dark Patterns

This game has 0 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 7 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

5

1 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
0 / 1 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

1 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
0 / 1 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

1 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
0 / 1 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

1 votes
Reciprocity -
0 / 1 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

1 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
0 / 1 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

1 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
0 / 1 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

1 votes
Competition -
0 / 1 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 2 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 4 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

0.24

1 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
1 / 0 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

1 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
1 / 0 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

1 votes
Illusion of Control -
0 / 1 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

1 votes
Variable Rewards -
0 / 1 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

1 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
0 / 1 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

1 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
0 / 1 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (4.50) with 16,855 votes.



Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Daily Rewards reported on Jun 6, 2022
Daily bonus of various boosters, energy (3 energy required to start game from base pool of 15).
Premium Currency reported on Jun 6, 2022
You buy gold coins with real currency, and then use the game gold to refill energy (lives) or buy boosters. Price examples are from 0.99 for 10 gold, $5.99 for 55, etc. Unfortunately the lowest amount of 10 gold does not refill your lives, which requires 12.
Invested / Endowed Value reported on Jun 6, 2022
You progress through increasing difficulties & progress is saved.
Artificial Scarcity reported on Jun 6, 2022
Usually special limited packages of game gold + various boosters. Those limited purches typically cost $20-45.
Wait To Play reported on Jun 6, 2022
You have a base pool of 15 "energy," & 3 energy are required to start each level. If you lose, you lose the 3 energy invested. If you win, the 3 energy are added back to the pool. It is replenished over time.
Gambling / Loot Boxes reported on Jun 6, 2022
You get one free daily reward spin to receive boosters, energy, & rarely 3 gold (which is not enough for ANY purchase). After the free spin, you may pay $0.99 to spin again. Not sure if it offers additional spins at same or higher price or if the premium reqards are better/bigger than the free spin prizes.


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Screenshot ***NEW from the creators of #1 App Store Hits DOTS and TWO DOTS***

Explore beautiful landscapes and embark on a visual journey by solving puzzles with magical companions that help you along the way.

Are you ready, adventurer? Let’s go!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE DOTS & CO

• FREE to play!
• CHALLENGE yourself with 500 NEW and completely original levels, fun for Dots loyalists and new players alike
• ENJOY simple, thoughtful gameplay where you connect one Dot to another and play at your pace
• MEET various original Companion characters that help you beat levels
• SOLVE clever puzzles containing over 15 visual mechanics using your wits to figure out the perfect move
• TRAVEL through beautiful landscapes and get lost in the world of Dots & Co
• PLAY beautifully

If you loved Two Dots, you’ll love Dots & Co: where new companions and their distinct powers bring a whole new layer of magic to the game you know and love.

*Color blind mode is available*
We remain committed to making sure all players can enjoy our games. You can turn on Color Blind Mode in the settings menu!

CONNECT WITH US!
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GAME CENTER
Dots & Co uses Game Center in order to save your progress within the game. While the game can be played offline, please make sure you are connected to Game Center and are online in order to properly save your progress with our servers.

SUPPORT
Having any problems? Any suggestions? We would love to hear from you! You can reach us at:
dac-help@weplaydots.com.


PLEASE NOTE: Dots & Co is completely free to play, but you can also purchase items within the game using real money. Simply disable in app purchases on your device if you don't want to use this feature.

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