1.- Don’t create rectangles
Yesterday we mentioned that the main thing in the game was to create squares. And so it is. The squares eliminate all the dots of the same color that are on the board. But the truth is that this not only happens with squares, but also with rectangles or with any polygon in which we manage to start from a specific point and end at that same point. We can even create polygons with points of other colors inside that have the same function as a square. One of the easiest shapes to find with this function that is not a square is the rectangle. It might seem that a rectangle gives more points than a square, but this is not the case. Let’s take into account that both a square and a rectangle are capable of eliminating all the points of that color, and therefore, we add as many points as we have eliminated. Therefore, if we have a square, we should not spend time trying to obtain a rectangle. And if we have already obtained a rectangle, selecting this has the same effect as selecting the square, with the difference that the latter is much faster, and will allow us to save time.
2.- Turn off the sound
Dots doesn’t have a great soundtrack, and it only has sound effects when we select points. However, these effects can make our game of worse quality, since they generate a positive response to movements that provide us with fewer points. That is, those movements that we should not perform in the game are the ones that obtain a more positive sound response. For example, a series of up to 10 connected points, not forming a polygon, generates a positive sound response. However, it is the worst thing we can do, because probably with 10 points of the same color it is very easy to get a square in just a few movements. However, the sound leads us to think that it is a good move. By deactivating the sound we will be able to avoid this counterproductive effect.
3.- Restart the game
When you don’t like the game, restart it. Don’t waste time playing just to play. It is useless to continue playing a game in which we have already lost six seconds with almost no points. Instead of ending it, it is best to restart it. And it is really simple, because we only have to click on one of the two upper boxes and press restart. What’s more, we can restart as many times as we want until a board with a square already created appears. Now, we should not think that the boards with squares are the best. Typically, the best are those with a ratio of one or two colors much higher than that of the other colors. In the image below you can see it. There are the same number of colors on the board on the left as on the one on the right: five colors. Now, the ratio of points for each color on the left one is between 6 and 7. However, on the right board it is between 10 and 11, in the colors green and purple. In this second board we will obtain squares in very few movements.
4.- Set goals
The best way to achieve a really high score is to set a scoring goal that you want to achieve. For example, it is not bad to try to reach 300 points. If we set ourselves the goal of reaching 300 points, we can calculate throughout the game if we can finish with that score. Taking into account that each game lasts 60 seconds, if what we want is to reach 300 points, we already know that when there are 40 seconds left we will have to carry 100 points, and that we will have to have reached 200 points when only 20 seconds remain. If we have not reached these intermediate objectives, we can restart the game to avoid wasting time in a useless game.
5.- Practice with the movement mode
In Dots there are two game modes. The time mode is the normal one, the popular one, the one that allows you to obtain points records. However, there is another mode, which is the movement mode, which limits the amount of movements we can make and in which there is no time. This mode allows us to think about each of the movements we make and why we do them. Furthermore, since there is no time, we can foresee the outcome of our movement. In this way, we will be able to learn which are the best movements to carry out depending on the board that we find ourselves.
With these new guidelines, we will be able to improve the scores obtained in the games in Dots. However, there is still one last chapter of this definitive guide to becoming an expert in the game. Don’t forget to review the first part of this special, and the next installment.
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Definitive guide and tricks to be an expert in Dots (First part)
Definitive guide and tricks to be an expert in Dots (Second part)
Definitive guide and tricks to be an expert in Dots (Third part)