Dolphin Paradise: Wild Friends v1.0.7 iOS Review

Dolphin Paradise: Wild Friends from HappyGiant is a pet simulator. As you may guess from the title, your pet is a dolphin and your playground is a virtual lagoon. If you’re not a fan of dolphins, you’re going to absolutely hate this game but if dolphins are your most favorite animals in the world, you’ll absolutely love being able to carry one in your pocket as a pet. Dolphin Paradise: Wild Friends allows you to care for, train, and play with a pet dolphin to your heart’s content.

Let’s get all the good points out of the way first. For starters, the graphics in this game are really good. The dolphins featured are very realistic looking and the environments are bright, colorful, and highly detailed. The only other dolphin game that had this amount of detail was ECHO the Dolphin, and this game really reminds me of the way that game looked. In terms of gameplay, there are no real goals in this game. Since it’s a pet simulator, you’re really just doing odd things like making the dolphin do tricks, feeding it, petting it, and slowly upgrading what it can do. You can even buy new decorations and props for your lagoon.

Now on to some of the things I don’t like about Dolphin Paradise. When you first start the game, you really have no idea what you are supposed to be doing. There were times where I was tapping around the entire screen just to try to get my dolphin to move around or do tricks with very little success. It wasn’t until I figured out that you had to buy new tricks and also do certain gestures in order to get it to do anything. There’s also the issue of currency. Yes you can earn currency to buy new upgrades, but for the most part, you’ll earn them quite slowly and will almost certainly want to speed up the process by buying currency with in-app purchases. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t mind doing this, than that’s fine. I like games that don’t force you to buy currency by offering enough gameplay to earn it, but in Dolphin Paradise, it just takes too long to do.

Overall though, because the game is free, it is a neat game for dolphin lovers. Even if you don’t upgrade portions of the game, you can still play with the dolphin, play a few mini-games, pet it, feed it, and teach it tricks. You can also take photos of it and share them with your social networks. The graphics are really good and overall can be fun if you take the time to really get into it.

Dolphin Paradise: Wild Friends is available now in the App Store for free. It is a universal app and is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Description

***Compatible with iPodTouch (5th Generation), iPhone4S, iPhone5, iPad2 and iPad3. Dolphin Paradise is a rich 3D graphical experience. If you experience any problems, please restart your device before playing.***

Dolphin Paradise: Wild Friends is a gorgeous 3D pet–sim that turns your iOS device into a virtual lagoon. Here, you can feed, train and create a strong bond with realistic looking dolphins and orcas. These high-resolution, animated dolphins swim and perform tricks across your screen and crave your attention at each step of the game, awaiting your commands. Learn tricks and perform Shows! Share with friends!

GRAPHICS
Amazing 3D graphics replicate actually swimming in a lagoon with dolphins.

TRICK TRAINING AND DOLPHIN SHOWS
Train dolphins to do fun and exciting tricks and then perform in ever bigger and grander dolphin shows!

CARE, NURTURE & PLAY
Take good care of your dolphins. Shower them with affection by petting and rubbing their bellies. Keep them healthy with tasty feedings and let them swim, frolic & jump in the paradise lagoon; above and below water!

MINI-GAMES
Help keep the lagoon clean from jellyfish to earn shells and pearls which can be used to buy dolphins, props, decorations and habitats.

PHOTOS
Use our camera system to zoom and pan and take pictures of your dolphins, above or below water. Share exciting pics of your dolphins swimming, leaping, jumping and doing tricks via email, Facebook or Twitter.

FRIENDS AND SHARING
Share photos, Dolphin Show scores and achievements with friends. And coming soon, visit friend’s lagoons!

CUSTOMIZATION
Players can acquire custom props and decorations for Dolphin Shows and buy multiple dolphin types, eventually caring for many dolphins. Coming soon too, different habitats!

Dolphin Paradise is free to play but contains items that can be purchased with real money. If you don’t want to use this feature please disable in-app purchases.

Install Dolphin Paradise today. It’s free!

Dolphin Paradise is published and developed by HappyGiant

[via App Store]

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