Parents' Guide to

Circle the Dot

By Chris Morris, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Flawed puzzle game is frustratingly difficult.

Circle the Dot Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: Not yet rated
Kids say: Not yet rated

CIRCLE THE DOT is a game that follows a pattern that began to emerge with the release of Flappy Bird in early 2014. Take a very simplistic style of play, but put it into a scenario where the player loses often -- and quickly -- encouraging him or her to try again. And, in this case, you will lose a lot and likely try again almost instantly. The problem is, since the game is so dependent on the random placement of dots at the starting screen, player skill rarely enters into the equation. You need to be lucky. And that doesn't build a bond with players.

That does allow the developer to inundate players with ads, though, letting them earn significant rewards. Although there's nothing wrong with deliberately hard games, this one doesn't quite strike the same tone as others. It feels as if the developer is cheating a bit -- and rather than trying again with a good-natured grimace on your face, Circle the Dot makes you feel like moving on to the next app.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: August 15, 2014
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Publisher: Ketchapp
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up
  • Last updated: July 12, 2020

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate