Dolphin Chase is a game wrapped around a political and environmental message. In simple game terms, it’s a chase with “collect boosts” and “avoid obstacles” elements. All the while, you are running from a dolphin hunter who wants to turn you into his next catch.
The graphics are cartoony but they don’t really need a great deal of sophistication. The premise is “greedy humans persecute and exploit dolphins,” and after the hero, Dusty, is harpooned, you are offered message and an opportunity to “help” (donate to the cause).
How does it work?
Tap the screen to make the dolphin dive. You will need to dive to different levels to catch food (so you can keep swimming), avoid obstacles, or pick up boosts. The longer you touch the screen, the deeper the dolphin will dive. You may want to use an intermittent tap method to hold a middle-of-the-road line.
Catch fish to keep Dusty energized and swimming, because when Dusty runs out of energy and can’t swim any more he gets killed. You can pick up helmets to protect yourself from floating debris or rockets to boost your speed. Running into jellyfish which will shock you, and octopi will cloud the water with ink, thus making it harder to catch fish.
Is it contagious?
No. It seems part of the game is the eventuality of being caught and killed. This may be in part due to a lack of skill on my part to get to the end of a level.
Quite frankly, I just couldn’t get that motivated or into the game. Besides, a couple of the environmental messages come with real pictures of raw dolphin meat or slaughtered animals.
Not exactly what I want in a game. I appreciate the point of dolphin conservation and applaud the effort, but as a game this is one I’ll pass on.