Sometimes we like to spread out games of the same genre, and sometimes we like to group them together in what you might call a "theme". Well, today the theme is simple idea, mouse-play games, and this next one goes nicely with the previously reviewed, Reverse 2. In fact, this one might pose an even greater challenge by following close behind. =)
Drag the Dot is a simple Flash game, created by Oliver Castañeda of Scarsdale, New York, in which the objective is literally self-explanatory: Just drag the dot to the goal in each of the game's 16 levels. There is lots of movement and animation happening to thwart your advance, but thankfully there is no time limit and no limit to the number of tries you can take to complete each level. I especially like the fact that you can stop dragging to take a breath without the dot returning to the starting point. The 'magnetic' sticks that rotate relative to the mouse position is also a nice feature, and creates an additional challenge to the simple gameplay formula.
Oliver promises that the final 'boss' level is "better than doom" (whatever that means), but you'll have to take his word for it because I can't quite seem to get there. Twice I've tried but I've either closed or reloaded my browser window and lost my progress. Therefore, an improvement to the game I would like to see is selectable levels, perhaps even unlocked as you advance, so you may return at any time without having to go through all the completed levels over again.