Tentacles: Enter the Dolphin is developed by the same studio that created Max and the Magic Marker which still to this day is one of the more creative physics platformers. This time around all the cutesie stuff put aside and replaced with something that will make your skin crawl: a bacteria-like creature that’s made up by a single eyeball and a few tentacles with claws on the ends on them.
Before you start to worry about this strange bacteria-like creature invading your body– don’t–unless your a dolphin-human scientist (or is it human-dolphin scientist). This bacteria, named Lemmy, enters the dolphin-human’s body and Lemmy must dig its hooks thru the scientists body to hopefully get out. Lucky you get to explore and claw through body themed levels!
The method which you move Lemmy is brilliant and uses touch controls perfectly by having you tap on the screen where you want each tentacle to move. This tentacle to tentacle movement creates a small slithering-like movement and after you get the hang of it, you might wonder why you haven’t come across a game that uses this type of controls before (or at least I haven’t).
I must admit that at first I found the game to be rather boring with no entertainment value whatsoever. However, for some reason I decided to sit down with it again and advance a bit further in the game to see if it was worth a review. I’m so glad I picked it up again!The difficulty drastically picks up and so does the variety of challenges. There are moving organ walls that may crush you, spike walls, and even boss-like encounters. So push through that handful of lackluster levels and you will be rewarded ten-fold!
The Bottom line: 9/10 (Super!)
Tentacles: Enter the Dolphin brings exciting new innovation over to the iPhone/iPad along with challenging levels.