My Dolphin Show

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Erratic controls, animal exploitation mar lovely graphics.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Controlling the dolphin can be erratic and frustrating. Each level can be replayed for a higher score to earn more points and unlock other levels and settings. 

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Consumerism

Paid game also includes in-app purchases, though it's playable without. The app requests a five-star rating so the developer can build other levels.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Dolphin Show is a game featuring dolphin trainers and captive dolphins, whales, and other animals performing for an audience at various locations, including a Sea World-style amusement park, a cruise ship, and a Vegas show. Kids earn stars based on the dolphin's performance to unlock levels and earn coins to buy costumes for their dolphins. If they don't want to wait, kids can unlock levels early or buy costume upgrades as in-app purchases. Because the captivity and training conditions of marine mammals is controversial, and the game doesn't include any mention of that, some parents might be concerned about the embedded messages and misalignment with actual animal behavior. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

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Parent of a 7 and 9 year old Written bytsteele93 August 11, 2016

Constant money grabbing!

Personally I don't have any problem with all the crazy stuff that some people worry about the dolphins in captivity, shows, and blah blah blah. My kids are... Continue reading

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What's it about?

In MY DOLPHIN SHOW dolphins jump through hoops, knock over bowling pins, and splash guests for the applause of the audience and fish rewards from a trainer. In the game, kids control the dolphin, guiding it through the obstacles according to the trainer's signals. If the dolphin completes the challenges and keeps the audience seats filled, kids earn more stars and coins. Stars unlock additional levels and show venues, and coins can purchase costumes and other types of animals.

Is it any good?

The graphics are well-done -- beautiful coral fills the training pool -- and the dolphins are impressive to watch as they jump, flip, and kiss the trainers. But even overlooking a premise that some will find controversial, the controls are too erratic and difficult to master for kids to feel like they're actually controlling the dolphin's moves. Add to that the barrage of in-app purchases to unlock other levels and a request for a five-star rating, and this just-for-fun game may not be the best choice for most kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the conditions that the dolphins and whales in these kinds of shows live in and how they're trained. What do they already know? What do they want to learn?

  • Discuss ocean mammal behaviors in the wild. What do dolphins eat? How do they play? Is it similar to or different from what the dolphin does in the game?

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