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This article was published on September 6, 2013


    Betaworks teams up with General Electric to add a Gravity Mode to its super addictive Dots game

    Betaworks teams up with General Electric to add a Gravity Mode to its super addictive Dots game Image by: AFP/Getty Images
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    Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and video games in particular. You can reach him on Twitter, circle him on Google+ and connect with him on LinkedIn.

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    Dots is a simple, well-designed and incredibly addictive ‘match three’ (or in this case, match two or more) game designed by Betaworks for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices.

    General Electric (GE) has teamed up with the developer to implement a new Gravity Mode this weekend for casual players. It removes the timer and move restrictions, so gamers can coast through six levels at their own pace. The feature also includes a gravity button that shuffles the dots into a new, randomized position. Betaworks and GE used a new physics engine to create the effect, which forces the dots (which are normally suspended in mid-air) to drop to the bottom of the screen based on the angle of the device.

    “As you progress, you achieve certain levels that unlock level cards, and all the dots you accumulate in Gravity Mode get added to your dots bank,” Paul Murphy, SVP of Product at BetaWorks said.

    The new mode was conceived to tie in with ‘Gravity Day‘ on 9/8 (9.8 m/s is the force of gravitational acceleration), which is part of ‘Brilliant Week’, an interactive programming series designed by GE to illustrate their “industrial Internet story”.

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