Dwelp is a challenging connect the dot puzzle game that is available for both Windows Phone and Windows 8 devices. The Windows Phone game includes 100 puzzle levels where you are tasked with linking all of the same colored dots.
There is no time limit to solving the puzzles but the fewer moves it takes, the better. Dwelp is available for low-memory Windows Phone and after playing Dwelp over the past few days, it comes across as a fun game to pass the time with. Graphics are minimal but nice and game play is challenging in that you have to think out your moves in advance or you'll find your pursuit of a solution stalled.
When you first launch Dwelp, you are greeted by a welcome note and in tapping the screen, you are taken straight to game play. Dwelp lacks a tutorial or help screen but does offer a few instructional bubbles when new gaming features come into play.
A quick layout of the gaming screen has your move count and optimal move goal displayed at the top of the screen. The playing field sits center screen with puzzle level, a menu button and an undo button scattered across the bottom of the screen.
The pop-up menu includes options to:
- View more games from the developer
- Rate the game in the Windows Phone Store
- View the puzzle map
- Turn on/off the color blind mode (adds symbols to the dots)
- Turn on/off the game's music
- Turn on/off the game's sound effects
The goal is to connect or link all of the same colored dots together. To connect them, just move a dot to an empty slot adjacent to another dot of the same color. Just keep in mind that once you make that first connection, all the remaining dots are locked into place.
As you move the linked collection of dots around the game board, each dot must line up with an empty slot.
While there is a move goal, as long as you link all the dots you can advance to the next level. If you meet the goal, the level will be highlighted on the puzzle map. If you miss meeting the move goal, you can always re-play the level to try to get all the levels on the map highlighted.
As you progress through the puzzle levels, game play with Dwelp will become more challenging. You have different puzzle layouts and multiple colored dots coming into play.
Dwelp is a simply laid out, challenging puzzle game that is available for both Windows Phones and Windows 8 devices. The game has a casual pace and can be a head scratcher at times.
While the game does offer some instruction as you move along the puzzle map, I would have liked to have seen a tutorial level or a help section available. Dwelp's gaming mechanics aren't terribly difficult to figure out but having a better form of guidance out the gate would be nice.
Even without a formal help section, Dwelp is a fun Windows Phone game and has appeal when played from a Windows 8 device. The trial version gives you access to the first 30 levels of play. After that, it will cost you $1.99 to get the full version of Dwelp.
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