SeaWorld has come under a lot of fire recently for not keeping up the animal welfare standards of the Orca’s used in their live shows. Personally I think that even if the whales are given a full body massage and their fill of sashimi grade tuna after the show, nothing could make up for the dismal conditions of their small living quarters and the hordes of screaming children that make up the majority of their audience. But if you look past all that or even just try to keep on the surface without delving too deep into what you’re actually witnessing then the idea of an acrobatic show performed by happy, healthy whales sounds like great fun. Fancy being said whale/dolphin? Then rejoice as My Dolphin Show developed by the aptly named Spil Games lets you do just that.
The premise it that you’re a dolphin (to start with at least – gain more points and you can have your pick of aquatic mammals) in a show similar to what you’d find in Sea World (boo!) and it’s your job to perform tricks to wow the audience and fill the seats. If you struggle with the tasks set in front of you then it’s no fish for you but if you pull it off with a flourish then it’s a veritable seafood buffet with lots of whooping and cheering.
The game is probably more geared towards a younger audience with colourful, happy graphics and a pretty epic soundtrack. There are 47 outfits, marine animals and pets available to you as you somersault your way through the 126 levels.
The interface is fairly simple to use but the movement of the animals are a little erratic which takes away from the feeling of actually being able to control the movements yourself; add to that the barrage of in-app purchases and requests for a five-star rating and this app becomes far less kid-friendly. However, it’s free to download so if you’re not too worried about the controversial connotations of the game then I say give it a spin – if you’re gonna get wet, go swimming!