A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Tentacles: Enter the Dolphin wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
Ease of Play
The game is essentially a series of screen taps, though players have to be aware of their environment and the hazards that exist. Players who pay attention shouldn't have trouble navigating through levels, though earning stars is more challenging.
Violence & Scariness
Lemmy, the black tentacled creature you control, can be injured by spikes (which cause the screen to go red around the edges), other organisms, or squished by compressing muscles and organs. He also eats the eyeballs of creatures he finds in order to regain health.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tentacles: Enter the Dolphin is a puzzle/platform game where players must help a black tentacled creature navigate his way through the internal organs of a dolphin-human hybrid scientist. (No, we're not making that up.) It has some fun with gross-out moments (like an extended trip through the colon), but there's nothing truly objectionable. The game also does not have any iffy language, sexuality, or in-app purchases, so kids can focus on playing and not being upsold.
Is It Any Good?
On the strangeness scale, Tentacles: Enter the Dolphin ranks pretty high toward the top. The game, after all, is about a multi-tentacled organism (who regenerates health by ripping out and eating the eyes of other microorganisms) traveling through the colon, brain, and other organs of a dolphin/human hybrid scientist. But, somewhat surprisingly, it's actually a heck of a lot of fun.
It might be a little gross, but the game design is incredibly well done -- and the mechanics are easy to grasp, which makes it very accessible. It's just challenging enough, though, and it's replayable. There are few games that take advantage of the touchscreen as well as this one. And even fewer do so with such a wonderful sense of whimsy.
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