Tentacles: Enter the Dolphin

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Surprisingly fun game despite strange, gross premise.

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Educational Value

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. 


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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What 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. 

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What's it about?

Players navigate Lemmy, a multi-tentacled failed experiment, through the vital organs of his creator. Lemmy has hooked tentacles, helping him cling to surfaces and defend/repair himself. Players have to avoid spiky obstacles and enemy creatures, as well as compressing muscles, which can crush Lemmy. Each level poses a sealed-off challenge, requiring you to complete an area in a set period or avoid damage. Players earn points for gathering all of a level's collectibles, completing it without dying once, or successfully finishing the challenge.

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. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $.99
  • Release date: October 4, 2012
  • Category: Adventure Games
  • Size: 183.00 MB
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.2 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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