Ever watched Flipper and were jealous about all the tricks he could do? Now you, too, can have the skill of a sea-based mammal with Dolphin Olympics. This flash game by Alan Rawkins puts you in the role of a dolphin in an infinite blue ocean. Leap from the water and perform tricks to rack up a high score and build speed for the next jump. It's a surprisingly simple idea that borrows elements from a number of games yet feels fresh each time you play.
The core of Dolphin Olympics is doing tricks to earn a better score and increase your speed. Each time you leap out of the water you can use the arrow keys to perform flips and spins. The more complex your moves and the longer you hold them, the more points you get. The crucial part is sticking your landing. If you slap the water at the wrong angle you'll lose your momentum. Nail it just right and you'll not only get a score bonus but you'll swim faster, too. Faster swimming means higher jumping, higher jumping means more time to show off your mad dolphin-trick skills. Tony Hawk, be jealous.
When you finish a two minute playing session, save your score to a global high score board to see how well you rank. You can also check out stats about your own games, such as how high you jumped, the biggest splash, etc. With a little luck and creative use of dolphin trickery, you might eventually claw your way to the top 20.
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Analysis: Dolphin Olympics is a game I've found I keep coming back to play for weeks on end. Its simple, one-handed controls fit the game perfectly and there's no learning curve to bother with. Just fire up the game, do some tricks and call it a day.
Although the driving force behind Dolphin Olympics is getting a better score, I've found the little micro-bonuses urge me to keep playing more than anything. For example, as you perform tricks and leap higher out of the water, you'll catch a glimpse of the sun. Jump farther and you'll surpass the sun and reach a dark, starry sky. Even little touches like sparkles, fireworks and glowing skin gave me the warm fuzzy feeling of having accomplished something. And be sure to play the game at different times of the day for a few pleasant surprises.
Dolphin Olympics is a great pick up and play game that has enormous replay value. I'll be coming back to this one for quite some time.