Laser Dolphin Review
- Fluid controls; quick and responsive virtual pad, easy to aim tap-to-fire weapons.
- Lots of strange and interesting enemies to encounter.
- 50 maze-like levels over four different worlds to explore.
- Alternate Race and Stunt modes for a bit of replay value.
- Visually stale; rough world textures and sprite animations, poor 3D cut-scenes.
- Repetitive gameplay; explore a maze while killing enemies until you escape.
It's worth grabbing Laser Dolphin for the name alone, especially when it lives up to the name by letting you pilot a dolphin with a fricken' laser on its head; (insert evil 'muahahahaha's in here).
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If Ecco the Dolphin was stripped of its Adventure/Metroidvania style of gameplay and was given an Action overhaul you'd probably end up with something a little like Laser Dolphin by Dingo Games.
Much like their first App Store release (Tasty Planet), Laser Dolphin isn't much to look at - the designs are functional instead of aesthetically pleasing, but don't make the mistake of thinking this means the gameplay is lacking. No, flipping out across the level as an agile dolphin while tapping the screen to fire your weapon is amazingly fluid and (if you're in the right mood) really fun despite its mindless simplicity. Tapping can be a bit awkward, especially when trying to aim near your movement controls, however this is also offset by your weapon being quite powerful even before you start upgrading it or using power-ups on various levels.
50 levels over four worlds may not seem like much, but each level is essentially a maze (albeit somewhat linear in their design), encouraging players to explore and find all the hidden golden dolphins in the level before exiting. Novel enemies such as TNT wielding turtles, bomb dropping seagulls and robotic sharks vary in their difficulty, however charging your weapon will usually provide you with enough firepower while you dodge their attacks.
Better still, if you want to take a break from the Adventure mode you can jump in to a checkpoint based 'Race' mode to compete for speed records or in a 'Stunt' mode that rewards players for complex aerial maneuvers (including bonuses for firing your weapon at the same time). Game Center is supported for your high score needs along with 12 basic progression achievements.
With a name like Laser Dolphin it's hard to go wrong and the game delivers the goods, though its weakness is its relatively short campaign and repetitive level design. While it won't remain a distraction for long, it's still a good pick up for those after something a bit out of the ordinary (and especially if you love Ecco the Dolphin).
DescriptionThe Prime Minister has been abducted by aliens and there is only one mammal who can save him: Laser Dolphin.
Blast your way through 4 planets and 50 levels of underwater fun! Saving the Prime Minister won't be a simple task - there are many bizarre sea creatures that will try to stop you including Missile Fish, Robo Birds, TNT Turtles, Electric Eels, and Robo Sharks.
Fortunately you'll have a bit of help along the way. You'll get power-ups such as torpedoes, gold dolphins, machine guns, and the deadly laser sword (Laser Dolphin's favorite).
In addition to the main story mode, there are also 10 stunt levels and 10 race levels. With Game Center support, you can compete with your friends for the fastest times and best dolphin tricks.
"...You Had Me at Dolphins with Laser Beams" (Jared Nelson, Touch Arcade)
"...the Citizen Kane of video gaming." (Andrew Groen, MacLife)
"Laser Dolphin has possibly the best plot of any iOS game, ever" (All About the Games)
Supports all iPhone and iPod Touch models. Tested on iOS 3 and iOS 4. Supports the Retina Display.
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In this version of Laser Dolphin:
-iPhone 5 widescreen support
-Joystick bug fix
Do not run this update if you have an original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPod Touch 1st Gen, or iPod Touch 2nd Gen.