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Discovery Kids Dolphin Discovery

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Slow-paced dolphin training sim is light on fun.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

While you are controlling your dolphin you will find many other sea creatures who need your help, be it to rescue their offspring or to free them from a loose net in the sea.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is part of the Discovery Kids pet simulation series but that this time your "pet" is a dolphin. The gameplay is about completing tasks and quests with your dolphin and then playing short mingames scattered throughout.

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What's it about?

DISCOVERY KIDS DOLPHIN DISCOVERY is a title in the Discovery Kids pet simulation series. In this game you choose your favorite dolphin and control it through an underwater course. Along the way, you can find treasure and help other sea creatures escape nets and find missing items. As you play, you can also take photographs of sea life to build your photo album, as well as collect treasures scattered through the sea.

When not scouring the undersea environment, you can find messages in bottles and play minigames scattered on the surface of each of the courses in the game. The minigames involve timed jumps made by sliding the stylus over your dolphin.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Dolphin Discovery moves at a snails pace, so it is unlikely to keep the attention of younger gamers. Plus the interactivity between the dolphin and the player is quite minimal, especially when compared to Puppy Playtime, another title in this Discovery Kids series. It is possible to tickle the dolphin when not in a minigame, but there isn't much in terms of trick learning or problem-solving, other than the fetch quests that other sea creatures ask you to perform.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about dolphins and what makes them so endearing? Is it the intelligence they display, or the fact that they always seem to smile? Do the families think that dolphins in captivity are living a good life, or would they be better served to stay in the wild only?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:505 Games
Release date:March 26, 2009
Genre:Simulation
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors)

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Teen, 14 years old Written byBlueSunday October 6, 2010

It could be better...

It's a pretty fun game, I like the colors and I love the dolphin, although I'm still trying to figure it out, its very confusing at times, the instructions are not very helpful either. I'm always lost, its hard to click on and off things, not sure what you're trying to accomplish, but I play it (then I get irritated and turn it off) -overall.. its okay.
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Kid, 7 years old October 31, 2009

The best game ever

I think it is so much fun.I would tell the howl world about this game.Its wonderful.
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Kid, 8 years old August 22, 2009

perfect for everyone

i love dolphins, and i always will. but this is the best game ever, not just cuz i love dolphins. i think if other people play this game, there might be just enough room for more dolphin lovers like me :D
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